Spray Away Pain and Fear When Suturing in Kids
Children with lacerations that require suturing are typically afraid and uncooperative. The pain of a local lidocaine injection will increase their fear and lack of cooperation. For nonfacial lacerations, I find that spraying the area with ethyl chloride just before injecting the lidocaine reduces the pain and thus eases fears. Suturing is then much easier.
|——||Ken Jin, MD, JD