Local anesthetics to prevent pain

Two products commonly used to prevent pain are EMLA cream and Numby Stuff.

EMLA cream

How given: Applied to the skin and covered with an airtight dressing one to two hours before procedures such as spinal tap, bone marrow aspiration, or injection.

How it works: Emulsion that contains two anesthetics, lidocaine and prilocaine.

Note: May take longer than an hour to achieve effective anesthesia in dark-skinned individuals.

We use EMLA for everything: finger pokes, accessing port, shots, spinal taps, and bone marrows. I even let her sister use it for shots because it lets her get a bit of attention, too. Both of my children have sensitive skin that turns red when they pull off tape, so I cover the EMLA with plastic wrap held in place with paper tape. I also fold back the edge of each piece of tape to make a pull tab so the kids don't have to peel each edge back from their skin.

Numby Stuff

How given: Needle-free method of delivering pain medication through the use of low-level electric currents applied to the skin.

How it works: Emulsion that contains two anesthetics, lidocaine and epinephrine.

Note: Anesthetizes skin and tissue in ten to fifteen minutes. Some children and teens do not like the electrical sensation that goes from the site to the battery pack.

Skin Disease Dynamics

Skin Disease Dynamics

Get All The Support And Guidance You Need To Be A Success At Having Better Skin. This Book Is One Of The Most Valuable Resources In The World When It Comes To Important Info On Dealing With Skin Disease.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment