It Doesn’t Have to Hurt – Buzzy Review
It Doesn’t Have to Hurt
Easing Needle Pain for Kids – Buzzy Review
Is there anything more terrifying for a child than getting a shot? The dreaded appointment looms for days on the calendar, and mom’s everywhere attempt to pep talk themselves into being strong. Some kids handle it like champs, but most kids come positively unglued at the mention of a needle. Who can blame them? Most adults can barely handle a flu shot, or having blood taken. It’s one of those necessary evils, no one wants to have done.
Needles are no fun. Plain and simple. They are awful not only because of the pain they cause, but the fear they induce in so many adults, and children alike. The idea of this foreign object being shoved through the skin, and into the muscle/vein/subcutaneous layer (depending on the procedure) is nothing short of horrifying. Needle phobia is a very real thing for many people. As described on Medscape, needle phobia is more than just the fear of pain associated with the injection, but severe psychological distress.
Children with medical conditions that cause them to endure needles frequently, can begin to develop severe anxiety, and even depression because of it. Just because they need to do it more often than most kids, doesn’t excuse them from the fear, which becomes like a dark scary monster always lurking around the corner.
Thankfully, there is a device now to help ease the pain associated with needles, and alleviate the fear and anxiety in the process. This device works for a normal child getting yearly vaccines, as well as for a child with a chronic condition like diabetes, immune deficiencies, Crohn’s disease, etc.
Buzzy Review – The Best Way to Ease Needle Pain
If you have never heard of Buzzy, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that there is actually a device you can use, to greatly lessen the pain of an injection. A device that is so cute, your child is sure to love him.
How does Buzzy work? It is a small device that works by disrupting the large nerve endings, tricking the brain into focusing on the vibration of the little bee, and not the sting of the needle. Buzzy vibrates and also has wings that you put in the freezer and use like an ice pack with the vibrations to really numb the area.
According to Buzzy Helps, this device has been thoroughly researched, and was created by an emergency pediatric doctor, and pain researcher, Dr. Amy Baxter. While the science behind it isn’t really that interesting for the average person to read about, the theory of disrupting nerve sensations, and distracting the child are what make this medical device a real keeper.
As a mom to a child with a chronic condition, Common Variable Immunodeficiency, I can attest to the fact that this little bee has saved my son from screaming fits, and full on panic when he gets his weekly infusions. Buzzy is a great distraction, became a trusted friend, and is just so cute, he just loves him.
Sometimes you may need to up your game, going above and beyond just using Buzzy. That’s okay! Whatever works for your child is what you should do.
Some other great ideas include:
- Bring along a special friend, blanket, binky, etc. Make them feel as comfortable and safe as possible.
- Bring along a reward for after the procedure. It could be as simple as a lollypop, or as special as a new set of Legos. Bringing a reward gives them a fun distraction from what is happening.
- Pre-medicate with Tylenol or Motrin depending on what your child is having done. If it’s a vaccine, this can really alleviate the side effects as the immune system attempts to process what just happened. For kids getting gamma globulin infusions, like my son, this is very helpful in lessening the side effects…just like in a vaccine.
- Use the room you are in, as a distraction. If the child is old enough play “I spy”, or have them find certain things you are seeing in the room. If the office has pictures on the wall, tell your child a story about the person or animal in the picture. Using mental distractions can greatly reduce your little ones stress levels, and help him to stay in control.
Seeing your child suffer is the worst thing a mom can ever endure. Over and above your own pain and discomfort, it’s seeing your child hurting that causes moms to hurt the most. So many procedures, diseases and illnesses require needles, either for taking blood, or administering a drug into the body. With the number of needles, a small child must receive early on in life, it’s no wonder they grow to fear the doctors’ office.
Buzzy is a relatively inexpensive way to lessen that fear, and reduce pain for your child.
There is no other product on the market that even attempts to do what Buzzy does. Numbing creams and gels can help for some, but kids in particular need the mental distraction of the buzzing bee, more than just the reduction in sensation in that particular area.
Thankfully some medical facilities, particularly pediatric hospitals, are getting on board with this enchanting little bee. Offering to use Buzzy on patients so that moms don’t have worry about bringing their own in, and the possibility of losing or forgetting him. From what I’ve seen this little bee do, I don’t know why any medical facility would be without one. Since no one is immune to the pain of needles, this seems to be the kindest way to inject anything into anyone ever!