It is really important parents ensure their children have their routine childhood vaccinations. It is the most effective way of keeping them protected against infectious diseases. Ideally, children should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection.
Childhood vaccinations are free of charge on the NHS to all babies and children in the UK.
Let Emla cream help you and your baby through those first vaccinations.
Childhood vaccinations can be traumatic for both mum and baby. Despite your best efforts to soothe, and the nurse being as quick as she can, even the bravest of children can get very upset. Fortunately there's Emla numbing cream. This topical anaesthetic cream contains lidocaine and prilocaine a tried and tested formula which can help numb needle pain.
Where to apply Emla
Emla cream needs to be applied to the site of the injection usually the upper arm or thigh. Generally speaking, babies under 12 months have their injections in the thigh and older children in the arm. To ensure you apply Emla in the correct area, contact your Practice Nurse and ask where she normally injects that particular vaccine. Always tell your Practice Nurse that you have applied numbing cream in a particular area so they know where to insert the needle.
A Parent’s Guide to Immunisation
The Parent’s Guide to Immunisation contains information on the procedure as well as giving you top tips on where you can go for more advice or to chat with other mums in the same situation as you. This also includes a copy of the Immunisation Schedule so you can pop the dates in.
Childhood vaccination check list
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Essential Information: Emla is a topical anaesthetic cream containing a tried and trusted formula of lidocaine and prilocaine that can help numb needle pain.1 Apply 60 minutes* before the procedure. *This time may need to be adjusted depending on age, body area and procedure. Available from your local pharmacist without prescription, Emla costs £5.10 (RRP) for a two-dose pack and includes two occlusive dressings. Always read the leaflet.
Emla is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies
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