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|Sweet-Ease is effective for calming and soothing babies up to six months of age.|
|Health Canada is warning consumers across Canada not to use Sweet-Ease, a sugar-solution pacifier dip because one lot of this product may contain mold...The mold, Cladosporium herbarum, in this product poses a particular health risk because as a contaminant on the pacifier, the infant’s mouth would be exposed to it, and it is a parasite causing fungal infections of the skin, soft tissues or nails and has been documented in cases of candidiasis and other systemic infections, to which new-born infants and those in intensive care units may be particularly susceptible.|
|It is important to realize that although an infant may still cry and show signs of pain when 24% sucrose water is used, studies have consistently shown that the sensation of pain and its negative effects will be diminished.|
|Specifically, control infants who underwent a standard circumcision procedure without intervention cried 67% of the time. A water-moistened pacifier reduced crying to 49% (P < .01). Crying was reduced further to 31% (P < .05) by providing infants with a sucrose-flavored pacifier to suck.
Data have also been published describing oral sucrose utilization with circumcisions. Kaufman, Cimo, ******, and Blass (2002) found that sucrose administered with a pacifier during circumcision provides more analgesic than water on a pacifier. The combination of sucrose and EMLA was more effective in reducing pain responses during circumcision than EMLA alone, sucrose alone, or a water-dipped pacifier in 80 infants evaluated by Mohan, Risucci, Casimir, and Gulrajani-LaCorte (1998). Taddio, Pollock, Gilbert-MacLeod, Ohlsson, and Koren (2000) evaluated 86 infants undergoing circumcision with combined analgesia, including EMLA, acetaminophen, penile nerve block, and an oral sugar solution. The authors found improved pain control over EMLA alone, although different circumcision techniques were used for each group.
In reviewing current pain management regimens used during neonatal circumcision, Taddio (2001) found no single agent provided a pain-free circumcision and recommended a combined analgesia, including a penile block and sucrose-dipped pacifier.
|...sucrose nipple reduced cry duration but had no positive effect on postsurgical cortisol levels.
Telling parents that an anesthetic will be used can give the false impression that their child will feel no pain, when, in fact, the procedure is still quite painful with topical and local anesthesia. One needs to wonder whether topical and local anesthetics are being promoted for the child's benefit or to make physicians feel better about performing circumcisions or to give parents the false assurance that circumcision is pain-free.
What I keep reading is talk about 'reduced crying time'---well, duh, you're putting something in their mouth, right? Does less crying=less pain? Not necessarily! But, it makes the parents and those participating in the procedure feel less sickened/disgusted/guilty.
I'm crunchy... Like a Dorito.
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And it contains msg to boot! What a great product all around! Where can I find the puke emoticon?
"The food ingredient "citric acid" provides us with a good example of why MSG-sensitive people with little tolerance are having difficulty staying well. Many people believe that "citric acid" comes from citrus fruits, and since most people can tolerate citrus fruits, "citric acid" should not be a problem. However, most of the "citric acid" used today is made from corn rather than from citrus fruits. The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is a major producer of "citric acid."
"Citric acid" is produced by fermentation of crude sugars. When "citric acid" is produced from corn, manufacturers do not take the time or undertake the expense to remove all corn protein. During processing, the remaining protein is hydrolyzed, resulting in some processed free glutamic acid (MSG). "Citric acid" may also interacts with any protein in the food to which it is added, freeing up more glutamic acid."
OK, I'm holding a container of Sweetease in my hot little hand. Ingredients: Purified water and sugar 24%. Where did the MSG come from?
And it works because it creates natural endogenous pain relief when combined with sucking on pacifier. Not because sugar is pleasant.
Oh, I don't think anybody questions that it has no effect. It def. does, but it's no replacement for pain relief. I think if somebody told you to suck on a pacifier with sweetease while you are in the middle of surgery, you would probably run away from the operating table.