What is Buzzy®?
Buzzy is a very cute vibrating bee with ice pack wings that decreases sharp pain when placed upstream. Buzzy®
uses natural pain relief by confusing your body's own nerves and distracting attention away from the poke, thereby
dulling or eliminating sharp pain. In the same way that rubbing a bumped elbow helps stop the hurt, or cool
running water soothes a burn, Buzzy® bypasses sharp pain
In an emergency department, nurses and doctors can get too busy to wait for numbing creams for needle procedures.
For newly diagnosed diabetic children, the medical community has a history of expecting kids to just get used to
needle pain. For shots, for bee stings, for boo-boos, for injected medicines, for all acute pain management, Dr. Amy
Baxter and her team developed Buzzy® to put instant pain management in YOUR hands.
How to use Buzzy® for Injections
Pain relief for immunizations, particularly multiple shots, requires a slightly different technique than needle pain relief for V's.
When there is no risk of vasoconstriction, pain control is maximized by cooling the area then moving just proximal during
Ideally, a parent would put an arm around their child and hold Buzzy® on the site for about 30 seconds before the injection.
Even with Buzzy® there will be dull touch sensations (those are transmitted on different nerves that Buzzy® doesn't block)
so use distraction questions or Bee-Stractor Emergency Entertainment cards to entertain and pull attention away if the child
already has a needle phobia. After 30 seconds move Buzzy® up from the injection spot about an inch, keep pressing
Buzzy® onto the skin and perform the injection.
What are Bee-Stractors?
Bee-Stractors are 5 cards on a ring with related counting and finding questions on the back. How many stars do you
see? Which two cows are the same? Beestractors are a quick and handy way for nurses, teachers, doctors or parents
to take the mind off a painful procedure. Distraction can decrease pain by 50%, but having the tools close at hand right
when you need them can be tough.
Bee-stractors are quick boredom busters, pain relievers, or tantrum tamers that de-rail downward spirals of distress.
The cards can be placed in a slot in Buzzy® to block the view of the needle or they can be held by the child, which ever
works best for you.
For Kids 4-10 years old
Kids do best if they're underpromised and Buzzy then over-performs. Let her play and experiment with Buzzy to get used to the sensations before using it for
injections, and reserve the distraction cards for when she gets her first injection with it. You can also have her rate her pain on a faces scale with injections now,
experimenting with things like taking a cold drink of something sweet while getting the injection, or taking a cold drink of water, etc. You can also let her try
taking a sweet mystery drink right when you give the injection and trying to guess what it is as a distraction. Then when she gets Buzzy, she'll be used to both
abstracting herself a little from the process, and she'll know that various techniques work better or don't so she'll appreciate how much Buzzy helps.