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Oral sucrose for infants is not new at all; it is comparable with the ‘sugar tit’ (a pacifier made from cloth wrapped around sugar) that was used as early as the 18th century.
In many neonatal intensive care units neonates are given a few drops of orally administered sucrose (with or without a pacifier) before skin-breaking procedures to relieve pain. Its effectiveness after heel lance, venepuncture and intramuscular injection was confirmed in …
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