A two-stage injection technique could cause less pain for children, a new study has shown.
The study, published in Anesthesia Progress, looked at ways to reduce the pain associated with local anaesthetic injections, focussing on children between seven and 13 years of age.
The authors of the study found that by placing a gel anesthetic in the gum area, depositing a small amount of injectable anesthetic, and then waiting five minutes, the full injection was far less painful
‘It’s a simple and effective means of reducing injection pain in children,’ the authors concluded about the two-stage injection.
A two-stage injection significantly reduced pain levels reported by the children and observed by the researchers.
The authors evaluated the pain experienced by each child each time an injection was given, using a pair of rating scales.
The full text for the article can be found at www.anesthesiaprogress.org/doi/full/10.2344/0003-3006-63.1.3.