Glucose Calms Babies During Hearing Exams

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Glucose and saccharose given to newborns and infants is being used to calm infants during audiological examinations. The 25 percent glucose solution works on the opioid receptors in the brain activated in part by endorphins. This solution is used as a sedative and a pain killer. The study, conducted by SMED advisor, Professor Dr. Elena Merkulova, Belarusian Medical University, Minsk, Belarus, claims, “Using the 25 percent glucose solution is an effective, accessible, safe and cheap method of sedation.”

Read this study published in First Congress of CE-ORL-HNS conference held in Barcelona, Spain 2011.

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Dr. Elena Merkulova, Belarusian Medical University

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