EMLA Cream


The purpose of EMLA Cream is to numb the skin before a painful procedure. It contains a mixture of two ingredients, lidocaine and prilocaine, which work together to numb the skin. It is usually applied to the skin and covered with a clear dressing about 1 hour before the procedure or needle stick to help reduce the pain associated with the procedure or needle stick. 

  • Do not put near eyes. If EMLA should get into your child's eye, wash the eye with water and call your child's doctor immediately.
  • Do not put onto an open wound such as a cut or a scrape.
  • Do not use on children less than one month old.
  • This medication should only be used on the skin.
  • Store at room temperature.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the package.
  • Children with darker skin may need to leave the cream on longer to get the appropriate numbing effect.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
  • If too much medication is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111, or 1-800-222-1222 or call your child's doctor right away.
  1. At least 1 hour before the procedure, squeeze an appropriate amount onto the skin where the procedure will occur.
  2. Cover the cream with a dressing making sure that the edges seal the cream onto the skin and the cream does not leak out.
  3. Before the procedure, remove the dressing and clean the skin.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Redness or bruising
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Change in skin temperature
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased heart rate

Last Updated 12/2013