Oral sucrose for procedural pain, neonates

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Abstract

The aim of this guideline is to provide information to all staff involved in care of neonates on safe and effective use of oral sucrose prior to painful procedures. For optimal results, oral sucrose should be administered with supportive interventions like non-nutritive sucking (NNS) (pacifier dipped in sucrose where parents have agreed to use pacifier). Other comfort measures such as swaddling, tucking and kangaroo care should be considered before any painful procedure. Use of maternal breast milk/breast feeding  should be considered where available for pain relief prior to minor procedure.

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