Non Nutritive Sucking (NNS)
As for using it for
Hypoglycemia, The American Academy of Pediatrics states the following
with regard to Routine Evaluation of Glucose in Newborns:
“… no study has shown that
treatment of a transient low blood glucose level offers a better
short-term or long-term outcome than the outcome resulting with no
treatment. … Furthermore, there is no evidence that asymptomatic
hypoglycemic infants will benefit from treatment.”
This article is one of many
which can back up that again, breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact are
far more superior when it comes to keeping blood sugar in newborns
Apparently, sugar water can work
to help with constipation; however, there are additional ways of taking
care of this without any risks including:
Laying baby on his/her back and
moving the legs in a cycling motion gently puts pressure on the
intestine and can stimulate a bowel movement.
Massaging baby’s tummy by using
lotion/oil to rub the tummy in clockwise circular motions from the naval
A warm bath can help to relax
baby and relieve some of the tension in the bowels.
It was, and probably still is to
many health professionals, believed that sugar water is a good “natural”
remedy which poses no negative adverse effects to babies.
long-term effects of giving sugar water to infants are
unknown and it’s possible that it may even cause
While there have been no other
studies that truly delve into this, let’s take a look at some pretty
well known facts about sugar and how it can affect our bodies:
Can cause Diabetes.
Has been linked to Heart
Causes Inflammation in the body.
Promotes Cell Glycation.
Feeds Cancer Cells.
Can suppress the Immune System
by 40%-50% for up to 5 hours.
Feeds the bad bacteria in your
Causes behavioral problems in
Here are some ways that sugar
water can affect infants specifically:
Increased risk of Bilirubin
Excess weight loss.
Longer hospital stay.
May introduce contaminants or
allergens, especially due to the use of GMO sugar.
cause Thrush in infants and spread it to their mother’s during breastfeeding.
We need to remember that
newborns weigh about 5% what an adult does and have little to no gut
flora, along with immature immune and neurological systems. They can be
easily influenced by anything and everything that is introduced to them
in those very important early days, no matter how small the amount
they’re exposed to.
Although the risks and the
chances of said risks are currently unknown, it is still a Russian
Roulette game that is easy not to play in the first place, seeing as how
there are plenty of other options available to choose from.
If I could do it all over again,
I would immediately kindly decline the sugar water, and, if they tried
to convince me of its magical pain relieving properties, I would simply
smile, say that I understand, still choose not to consent, and then
offer any one, or a combination, of the above-mentioned methods instead.
Please note: There may be rare
situations which may warrant the recommended use of sugar water
intravenously in order to prevent further complications. This article is
not intended to disregard such circumstances. Rather, it is meant to
provide awareness of a procedure that is not always necessary and to
offer additional alternatives.
Was your baby given sugar water
in the hospital? Or was it recommended by another health professional?
Did you notice anything different in your baby or your breastfeeding