You need to have your blood checked today. This is called a “blood draw” or “lab draw”. Checking your blood gives the doctors and nurses important information about how your body is doing.
At Children’s Mercy, we often use a J-tip or numbing cream to numb your skin before you have your blood draw. When your skin is numb, you will not feel the blood draw as much.
J-tip sprays numbing medicine under your skin. It makes a noise when it sprays. Some kids say it sounds like opening a soda can.
Numbing cream sits on your skin for 20-30 minutes and feels like lotion. We use a clear bandage to help the cream stay in place. Sometimes, your family member may put numbing cream on you at home or before you come for your visit.