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 numbing cream or medicine to numb your skin before you have your blood draw. When your skin is numb, you will not feel the blood draw as much.
Sometimes, your family member may put numbing cream on you at home or before you come for your visit. 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.
Another way to numb your skin is with a J-tip. 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.