Thursday, November 6, 2008
Medical Reports: No more tears
Parents, if you've ever taken your child to get a shot, you know how painful it can be for both of you. Now, a new treatment promises no more tears. Seven's Lynn Martinez shows us.
WSVN -- No one likes needles, especially kids.
Junior Miller: "It hurts me, really bad, painful."
So when 8-year-old Junior Miller had to go to the pediatric emergency room at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital to get his blood drawn, he wanted nothing to do with it.
Latasha McCoy: "He does not like shots, it usually takes five or six people to hold him down because he's not small."
It's traumatic for his parents as well.
Latasha McCoy: "He's crying, and I'm crying trying to calm him down at the same time."
Pediatric ER Dr. Deanna Soloway-Simon says it's a scene they see play out over and over, no matter what they do.
Dr. Deanna Soloway-Simon: "Working in the pediatric emergency room, what we try to do is provide the most comfortable situation that we possibly can."
But now they just might have a cure for the crying. Joe DiMaggio has started using two new topical treatments designed to take the sting out of shots. The two creams contain Lidocaine, so they numb the skin.
Dr. Deanna Soloway-Simon: "You put it on the skin, it gets absorbed by the skin and causes anaesthesia, so there is no sensation to that area."
The medications can be used for most shots, drawing blood, putting an IV in place and even a spinal tap. It's also great for kids with chronic conditions.
Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Clarke has suffered with asthma her entire life.
Chelsea Clarke: "I have been in and out of the ER ever since I was a baby."
She is used to being poked and prodded.
Chelsea Clarke: "I get a lot of shots, mostly every year. I have to get a lot of shots."
Today she is getting the numbing cream for the first time. The result?
Chelsea Clarke: "It didn't hurt at all. I was surprised, too. I thought it was going to hurt just a little bit, but it didn't."
Even with young children, the cream seems to work like magic. This little boy needed his blood drawn after an allergic reaction.
As you can see, he doesn't even flinch when the needle goes into his hand, and remember Junior? He was really having a hard time getting his IV. But when all was said and done, he admits it didn't hurt at all.
That's a relief not only for Junior, but his mom too.
Latasha McCoy: "When he comes to the emergency room he won't be scared to get the IV and can ask the nurse where's the cream, and we're good to go, and I'll take it like a champ."
These numbing creams also make it easier for the nurse to get the I.V. in or the blood drawn on the first try, so the entire process is much faster. Expect to see these topicals in adult ER's in the near future.