We are giving away a Buzzy® for boo-boos!
This review is from Community Member Sylvia
A couple of weeks ago, Julia sent me a message asking if we would like to test and review a new product that might help with the blood tests and IV meds the kids both have to have on a frequent basis. His name is Buzzy, and he is a cute little bumble bee that helps with what we call “pokes”! I jumped at the chance! Jennifer, 3, was the first to test it. She needed to have blood drawn for allergy testing, and knowing that she loves getting mail and would be more interested in trying him out if he was “hers”, I asked Julia to have the package addressed to Jennifer. When it arrived 2 days later, Jennifer was thrilled. At first, I didn’t tell her what he was for, just let her check him out. Then I introduced his cold wings. He comes with two kinds. A reusable, gel filled one that you freeze and then wipe with a disinfectant wipe (or soap and water wash) after use or single-patient disposable wings that you add a bit of water to and then freeze. The disposable ones can be refrozen, but since they have an absorbent side, should only be used for a single patient. It came with two pair, so I marked each one with a kid’s initials so I know which one is which.
The way Buzzy works is twofold. The cold wings help to numb the area and he vibrates, which helps block the sharp pain of a needle stick. He comes with an elastic and velcro band that holds him in place just above the site of the intended needle stick. You do need a small cooler bag and two ice packs to keep his wings frozen for more than 10-15 minutes, we used her lunch bag and frozen juice boxes.
We do a lot of medical role play before any procedure so that Jennifer is more comfortable with what’s going to happen. So we did it with Buzzy too. We discovered that she prefers the disposable wings because they’re not quite as cold, so I knew which set to take with us to the lab. She also likes to turn him on herself. Being a typical 3.5 year old, she did NOT want to have her blood drawn, and still panicked when it was actually time for the test, but she was able to calm down enough to turn Buzzy on and it did a good job distracting her during the blood draw. He also came with a kazoo, which would have been a great distracting tool if I’d remembered to bring it with us! I will definitely use him again when she has to have an IV for her MRI next week, and we’ll be using him with Micah (17 months old) for his routine blood work in two weeks. Both kids like the feeling he makes when he vibrates on their arm, it doesn’t scare them at all now that we’ve done it a few times. It spooked Micah the first time but then he liked it the next time we tried it.
Overall, I’d say Buzzy definitely helped, and I’m very happy Julia asked me to review this product for her! Jennifer gives him two thumbs up! She said it was the first time her poke didn’t really hurt (although she did complain about the band-aid afterward LOL).
Thanks Sylvia! I also tested it out on my kids (enthusiastically) because they get a lot of labs. I think I added it up once (because I’m crazy) and they’ve had labs over 200 times? More? So we’re always looking for ways to help with the pain. The kids go in an out of being compliant. They go in and out of compliance and needing encouragement to need full-mama restraints and Buzzy did work! It worked for my girl (“It really didn’t hurt! That is weird!” weird that it worked) and not completely for my boy. But he’s 11 and he was extra grumpy and he knew I wanted him to test it so he was being a tad difficult. We’re also 2 thumbs up here! Anything that helps!
Our community members can take advantage of a $5-off coupon for Buzzy by entering the coupon code “SFSNBUZZY5” at checkout. The code is effective immediately and expires September 30, 2010.
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Tips on using Buzzy
from the inventor of Buzzy, Amy Baxter, M.D.
Buzzy was developed with input from nurses and doctors to ensure that medical procedures wouldn’t be compromised, and feedback from healthcare workers has been overwhelmingly positive. When it’s time for shots or any other prickly procedure, let the nurse or technician know you’ll be using Buzzy. Explain that Buzzy will be turned on during the needle stick, but will be placed above the place where the needle goes, and won’t get in the way. Most importantly, at least from the standpoint of the person administering the shot, it won’t cause any delay: turn it on, and 10 seconds later the nurse can give the shot.
Be sure to watch one of our instructional videos on our website and familiarize yourself with Buzzy’s instructions so you’ll know exactly where to place Buzzy for optimal pain relief, depending on the type of procedure. Always remember that Buzzy is placed between the brain and the pain. You can find Buzzy instructional videos on YouTube or Vimeo.
Let your child have as many choices as possible, including choosing whether they press the switch or you do and whether to watch the shot or not (believe it or not, up to 25% of kids prefer to watch!). Buzzy stops sharp pain, but light touch sensations are transmitted on different nerves. If your child is scared and focuses intently on the shot, they will be able to feel the touching sensation of the needle, and may translate this as distress and fear even though the sharp pain is controlled.
Use distraction cards or other distraction techniques during the shot while Buzzy is still on or in place. You can use any of the distractions listed on www.buzzy4shots.com (blow out a puff of air, add numbers, do a task) or have them use the optional Bee-Stractors™ distraction cards (find a color, watch it move, answer an age-appropriate question).
For best results, let the child feel how the combination changes sensations beforehand by scratching the arm under the ice pack/vibration source. “See how cold this is, and see how now you can’t feel so much any more?” Seeing for themselves and agreeing with you helps the child feel in control.
One recent study even found a vibration source on the opposite arm from the shots along with the suggestion, “This may make your arm confused about what [is] sharp and what [is] not” effective as part of a multi-sensory distraction.
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