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Sweet-ease® is an oral liquid made of sugar (sucrose) and water that can be used to decrease pain in infants.
When can Sweet-ease® be used?
Sweet-ease® may be used if your baby is going to the operating room or having deep sedation in the sedation clinic to complete a painful procedure.
Here is a list of other times Sweet-ease® may be used:
Poking a heel for a lab
Poking a vein for a lab draw
Placing an IV into a vein
Placing a catheter into the bladder
Giving an immunization
Who can get Sweet-ease®?
Sweet-ease® is most often given to infants 6 months and younger.
Who should not get Sweet-ease®?
Sweet-ease® may not be given if your baby cannot have anything to eat or drink. Talk with your baby’s doctor or nurse.
Sweet-ease® is used for pain. It is not used to calm fussy infants.
How is Sweet-ease® given?
To give Sweet-ease®, dip a pacifier into the Sweet-ease® and have your baby suck on the pacifier. If a pacifier can’t be used, a 1mL syringe can be used to drop a few drops (0.1-0.2mL) on the front part of your baby’s tongue. Giving Sweet-ease® with a pacifier may give better pain control than using Sweet-ease® alone.
As a parent, you can give Sweet-ease® to your baby. Your baby’s nurse can also give it.
Sweet-ease® works best if given two minutes before the procedure starts. Repeat every 5 minutes during the procedure, but no more than 3 times total in a 2-hour period. After the procedure, any leftover Sweet-ease® is thrown away.
To find out if Sweet-ease® is a good option for your baby, ask your baby’s doctor or nurse.