Sticky Sweet Rx for Needles?

My son just turned 18 months and hates getting his needles.

Next week he is scheduled to have routine vaccinations and someone brought up the idea of giving him a mixture of corn syrup and water the minute before the needle. Is this idea meant to actually prevent or ease pain from the shot or is it simply a distraction from discomfort? Either way, it doesn't sound like a bad idea to me! What I'd really like to know is if I can just give my toddler a lollipop to the same effect? I think it would make him at least a little happier about the whole thing! Any thoughts or experiences?


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