How to apply Emla

Make sure you plan ahead before you use Emla – the cream takes a while to achieve it’s numbing effect. Put it on about 1 hour before the needle procedure and cover with an occlusive dressing (water and air tight) so it doesn’t rub off. Find out more below and read our step-by-step guide.

How to apply Emla

Make sure you plan ahead before you use Emla – the cream takes a while to achieve it’s numbing effect. Put it on about 1 hour before the needle procedure and cover with an occlusive dressing (water and air tight) so it doesn’t rub off. Find out more below and read our step-by-step guide.

Reminder

Here’s a handy step-by-step guide on how to apply Emla. Although the example provided here relates to a childhood immunisation, the same step-by-step process can be followed for other needle procedures.

Check where the needle(s) will be going in (your doctor, nurse or therapist can tell you).

Squeeze the Emla cream onto the right spot. Don’t rub it in, as you will need a thick layer to help Emla’s numbing effect

Cover with an air-tight, water-tight (occlusive) dressing.

Keep an eye on the clock – Emla can be left on for 1-5 hours (up to 1 hour for babies under 1 year).

Still need more information on how to apply Emla? Click here to download the full patient information leaflet.

GB-EML-1118-0088b. Date of preparation February 2019