Baclofen pump refills Using a numbing cream (1230)

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Using a numbing cream

Why is a numbing cream used before pump refills?

A numbing cream can be put on the skin. It lessens the discomfort of the needle going through the skin and into the pump. The skin normally stays numb for about an hour.  You and your child can decide if you want to use the cream. The pump can be refilled without using the cream.

Two numbing creams are available.  Both need to be put on and stay on for 30 minutes before the procedure. 

How do I put the cream on?

1.Wash and dry your hands.

2.Clean and dry the area of skin on the stomach directly over the pump. 

3.Squeeze a thick layer, about 1/4 inch, of cream on the skin.  Put it right over the middle of the pump.  Cover an area about 2 inches in size.  Do not rub the cream into the skin, or it may not work.  Wash hands immediately and do not touch your eyes.

4.Cover the cream with Tegaderm™ or Saran Wrap®.  Use tape to hold the Saran Wrap in place. This will protect your child’s clothes and keep the cream in place. The cream will be wiped off before refilling the pump. 

5.If you touch the cream, be sure to wash your hands and do not rub your eyes.

If you have any questions about the cream or how to put it on, call the Rehab and Fitness Clinic at 414 266-6631. 

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