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Anesthetic Cream for Shots and Blood Draws

We discovered EMLA cream 2 years ago and our lives have been forever changed. It is a prescription cream, lidocaine and xylocaine, I believe. It comes in a tube. You apply a little to your fingertip and apply it to the inner bend of the elbow, from where the blood will be drawn. The area must be clean before application, and dry. Rub in the cream, then wash your fingers. Cover with a loose bandaid. The cream is applied approximately one hour before the blood is drawn (or before a shot is given). It numbs not only the skin, but the area below it, too. My son, who is very anxious, was astonished that he felt nothing when the tech drew the blood. He insisted on watching the needle go in, and responded, "Mom I don't feel it" It was a piece of cake!!

The guy/gal who invented this deserves every penny of royalties he/she may be getting!!!!

Another parent writes:

We use the EMLA cream and patch on our daughter before her blood tests and donation. I tried it on myself (was showing our nanny how to apply it to her) and it does deaden the area. The band-aid we use is called Tagaderm. It is a clear cellophane "window" that fits over the spot of EMLA cream and seals it off so that there can be no leakage. The "window" is about the size of a business card.

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