Inserting an IV
A cream, gel or spray can be applied to numb the skin. Check the required timing to ensure full effect. Some anaesthetics constrict veins. Ask your nurse for advice and experiment to find what works best for your child.
Topical anaesthetics are not recommended when inserting an IV to give medications that can bum the skin if they leak. This is because inability to feel the burning sensation will prevent you being alerted to the leakage.
Take a Break
If your child becomes distressed, request a break, or even a different nurse. Your child should never be held down for this procedure – there are many ways to support a child through IV insertion without resorting to forceful restraint.