This is an IV. An IV is a small tube that is used to give your body water or medicine. It may also be used to get blood for a blood test.
At Children’s Mercy, we often use a J-tip or numbing cream to numb your skin before you get an IV. When your skin is numb, you will not feel the IV 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.