How to apply Emla
Unsure of how to apply Emla? Watch our ‘How to apply’ video for easy step-by-step instructions and helpful tips.
In case you need a reminder, here’s your handy checklist:
Check where the needle(s) will be going in (your doctor or nurse can tell you).
Apply a splodge of Emla cream – don’t rub it in.
Cover with an air-tight, water-tight (occlusive) dressing.
Keep an eye on the clock – Emla can be left on for 1-5 hours
(up to 1 hour for babies under 1 year).
Make sure you plan ahead before you use Emla – the cream takes around an hour to achieve its numbing effect so put it on about 60 minutes before the needle procedure.