Study says sugar not pain-relief for babies

September 3, 2010 11:31:49 AM PDT
A new study says sugar is not an effective pain-relief treatment for newborn babies and doctors should stop the practice.

Researchers warn sucrose may even damage their brains. A tiny amount of sugar is given to babies after minor medical procedures, such as an injection.

Researchers in London measured levels of pain through brain activity and found that babies continued to feel pain even after receiving sugar.

The study is published in the Lancet.