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Use of sucrose as a treatment for infant colic
  1. Trond Markestad
  1. Department of Paediatrics, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  1. and request for reprints to: Dr Trond Markestad, Department of Paediatrics, Haukeland Hospital, N-5021 Bergen, Norway.


AIMS To examine if sucrose has an analgesic effect on infant colic.

METHODS Nineteen infants with typical infant colic were given 2 ml of 12% sucrose or distilled water when crying, in a double blind double crossover study. The effect was measured by parents’ score.

RESULTS Twelve improved specifically on sucrose and one on placebo (p < 0.01). Five showed a non-specific improvement.

CONCLUSIONS Sucrose has a significant ameliorating effect on infant colic.

  • infant colic
  • sugar
  • sucrose

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