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7/07/04



  

Pediatrician Visits - Pain Free

Dreading another doctor appointment with your little one??

Well LAPregnancy found out about a miracle cream that takes away the pain from all of those shots!

That's right, EMLA is a unique product that numbs your child's skin at the injection site and makes needle insertions and other procedures less painful. EMLA can easily be applied at home - just ask your doctor for a prescription and get to your pharmacist today!

THE DETAILS:

Applying EMLA
EMLA Cream should be applied 1 hour before the shot or needle procedure. Satisfactory numbing of the skin occurs 1 hour after application, reaches a maximum at 2 to 3 hours (1 hour for children less than 3 months), and lasts for 1 to 2 hours after removal. This timing makes it convenient to apply EMLA at home prior to appointment.

Who can use EMLA?
EMLA can be used for most children, including infants at least 37 weeks gestation. However, it should not be used in children with rare condition of congenital or idiopathic methemoglobinemia, or in infants under the age of 12 months who are receiving treatment with methemoglobin-inducing agents. It should also not be used in children with sensitivity to lidocaine or prilocaine, or any other component of the product. If you have any questions as to whether or not EMLA is right for your child, please consult your child's doctor.

Accidental ingestion of EMLA may be toxic. Call your local Poison Control Center and your doctor.

EMLA Cream (lidocaine 2.5% and prilocaine 2.5%) is indicated as topical anesthetics for use on normal intact skin for local analgesia (pain relief). EMLA is contraindicated in patients with a known history of sensitivity to local anesthetics of the amide type or any other component of the product. EMLA is indicated for genital mucous membranes for superficial minor surgery and as pretreatment for infiltration anesthesia. EMLA can be used on infants with a gestational age of 37 weeks or more. If EMLA is left on the skin for longer times or applied over larger skin areas than recommended by a physician, serious side effects, such as methemoglobinemia, may occur. In patients treated with EMLA in clinical studies, the percentage of patients in which local effects at the application site were observed included: skin paleness (pallor or blanching) 37%, redness 30%, a changed ability to feel hot or cold 7%, swelling 6%, itching 2%, and rash, less than 1%. These mild side effects generally went away by themselves within 1 or 2 hours.

     


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