The best way to alleviate distress of baby jabs

The old adage, a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down can also apply to vaccination.

But only if it comes with the right numbing cream.

A study shows that for babies under a year old, lidocaine cream combined with a small amount of sugar given by mouth is an effective way to reduce stress from routine jabs.

The authors reached this finding by randomising 352 healthy infants into four groups: placebo control; video instruction to parents on how to soothe their baby; video plus oral sugar solution; and video, oral sugar solution and lidocaine applied to

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