Buzzy for Shots
The number of shots has risen exponentially over the past decade: Children now get more than 20 shots by the time they’re two. Yet only 6 percent of pediatricians offices use any kind of pain management for office shots. Is it any wonder that 30 percent of kids are severely needle phobic?
Amy Baxter, MD, a mom of two sons ages 13 and 10 and an 8-year-old daughter; the CEO MMJ Labs; and the Director of Emergency Research, Scottish Rite, of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, invented a terrific product called Buzzy, a reusable pain-relief device that eases the pain of shots, splinters, and scrapes.
“I knew that the body could stop pain naturally using something called ‘gate theory,’” Dr. Baxter says. “If you bang your knee and rub it, the pain stops, if you smash your finger and shake it, it helps the pain, or if you burn your finger and stick it under cold running water, it quits hurting.”
Buzzy combines cold and vibration to block sharp pain transmission, just as putting a burned hand under water makes it better. Parents freeze the ice pack and bring it to the doctor’s office in a Cold-to-Go bag or sandwiched between two freezer packs. When the nurse is ready for the shots, the freezer pack is slipped into an elastic band behind Buzzy, then the vibrator is switched on and the ice and vibration are applied together “above” the site of the shot. Leave Buzzy on for at least 15 seconds, up to a minute or so for extra numbing. Buzzy stays on during the poke to keep disrupting the nerve transmissions.
You can buy Buzzy online for $34.95 at Buzzy4shots.com.