Needle pokes: Reducing pain with numbing cream

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Learn when, where and how to apply numbing cream to ease the pain of needle pokes for your child.

Key points

  • ​Numbing creams help reduce the pain of a needle poke when placed on your child's skin.
  • Apply numbing cream to the needle site at least 30 minutes in advance and cover it with plastic wrap or a clear bandage.
  • Never apply numbing cream to an open wound such as a cut or scratch.
  • Call your child's health-care team if you are not sure where to place the cream, if your child develops a skin reaction or if any cream gets in your child's mouth or eyes.
Last updated: December 18th 2018