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Buzzy® device for pain relief


The Buzzy® Pain Relief Device can help your child have less pain from shots and other procedures that use needles.

What is Buzzy?

Buzzy is a handheld device about the size of a computer mouse that buzzes (vibrates) on the skin. The buzzing confuses nerves in the area so they do not feel sharp pain. Your child can still feel touch sensations, but not the pain of the needle stick.

How does Buzzy work?

Buzzy relieves pain without any drugs. The buzzing works the same way that rubbing a bumped elbow helps stop the hurt and cool running water soothes a burn. Buzzy can be used alone or with other types of pain relief if needed. The patient, parent, family member or staff member will hold Buzzy on the skin near where the needle will be placed. Buzzy is removed from the skin after the needle is pulled out.

How can Buzzy help my child?

Buzzy can help your child feel less pain from a shot, IV, or other procedure that uses a needle. Feeling less pain helps your child feel less anxious and afraid of needles in the future. This makes needle procedures easier for you and your child. Using Buzzy also distracts your child from the needle procedure.

Buzzy is being used for a vaccination.

Buzzy is being used for a vaccination. The bee sticker is used in this photo to show where the needle would go in relation to where Buzzy is placed on the skin. A bee sticker would not be used during a real procedure.

When is Buzzy used?

Your child’s doctor or nurse can use Buzzy for the following:

  • Putting in an intravenous (IV) line
  • Taking a blood sample
  • Giving a shot
  • Accessing a port with a needle stick

Your child’s nurse might also use Buzzy for other procedures. Ask a St. Jude team member if you have questions.

When not to use Buzzy

Buzzy is for children older than 12 months. If your child is younger, the doctor or nurse might use a sugar solution called Sweet-Ease® instead. Research shows Sweet-Ease can help babies feel less pain.

Buzzy should only be used on unbroken skin. It is not used on any area with an open wound.


If you have questions or want to learn more about Buzzy, talk to the staff in your child’s primary clinic or talk to your Child Life specialist. If you are inside the hospital, dial 0 from a hospital phone. In the local area, call 901-595-3300. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), and press 0 once you are connected.


This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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