Topical anaesthetic creams

Cite this article as:
Andrew Tagg. Topical anaesthetic creams, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2015. Available at:

Six year old Angela comes into your department with a three day history of diarrhoea and vomiting. You determine that she needs cannulation both to assess her renal function and to begin treatment. You know that cannulating children can be a painful and traumatic experience and are keen to make it as stress-free as possible. The nurses ask you what you would like them to put on the child?