A member asked:

3yo has oligoarticular jia&needs steroid injection/aspiration in 1 knee.will try w/ local anesthetic 1st instead of under general anesthesia.is this possible?can they numb all pain under local or will she feel it?is it common for kids to do w/ local?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

3 year olds, regardless of temperament, are difficult to perform procedures on. They have difficulty holding still and can react to fear in unpredictable ways. A local may numb most pain, but they will still see the needle, feel the pressure and hear the process. It is far less traumatic to do this procedure under general, especially if this is something that this child will need frequently.

Answered Mar 18, 2022

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