Warmth + Sugar = Less Pain for Babies
Saturday, March 14, 2015 01:56 PM

Babies given radiant warmth plus a sucrose solution tolerated painful procedures better than babies only given sucrose, according to a small randomized, controlled trial.  Babies who were placed under an infant warmer and given a sucrose solution cried and grimaced for 50% less time after receiving the hepatitis B vaccination than babies who were given sucrose alone.

Researchers found that babies receiving warmth and sucrose cried for 12.8 seconds and grimaced for 14.9 seconds as opposed to the sucrose-only group, who cried for 28.0 seconds and grimaced for 31.1 seconds. The babies who received warmth and sucrose after being vaccinated had lower heart rate and heart rate variability than the sucrose-only control group. In fact, the sucrose-only group experienced overall greater increases in heart rate and decreases in RSA. Heartbeat in the warmth plus sucrose group increased about 11 beats per minute, compared to 20 beats per minute for the control group.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pediatrics/GeneralPediatrics/50043