|Giving babies sucrose analgesia common table sugar can help reduce pain in babies undergoing medical procedures.
A study of more than 240 babies found that those who were given a sucrose solution prior to a procedure experienced reduced levels of pain, which was monitored by facial expressions and physiological responses, the Canadian Medical Journal reported.
However, while the researchers of the Universities of York and Toronto are not sure why sucrose works as a pain reliever, they believe that sugar works to release the body's natural painkillers.
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