Articles & Studies

Geek Club Books Review of Calming Cushion

Meltdowns can be challenging. It is often difficult to know what to do to calm your child when he/she is overwhelmed and inconsolable. I recently had the opportunity to test and review the Bionix Calming Cushion. This device was designed to give children on the spectrum a way to calm their emotions during or shortly after a meltdown. It consists of a large rectangular cushion… (Read More)

Aural Irrigation Using the OtoClear® Safe Irrigation System in Children

Objective: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the OtoClear® Safe Irrigation System for removing cerumen from the external auditory canal in children. Methods: Eligible subjects were 6 months—17 years of age with cerumen obstructing 50% of the tympanic membrane (TM) from view (by otoscopy). Pneumatic otoscopy, tympanometry, and audiometry were performed followed by cleansing of the affected ear canal(s) with the OtoClear® Safe Irrigation System and warm tap… (Read More)

Case by Case, Transitioning to Oral Feeds

Published in Pediatric Feeding and Dysphagia Newsletter, October 2007 By Amy Thorpe, M.Ed., CCC/SLP Background: JC, a 4 month old male, was a term baby born with a tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF). TEF repair was completed and esophageal dilation was performed 5 times to reduce stricturing. Primary method of nutrition was via G-tube feeds with intermittent attempts of oral feeds as tolerated. Upon evaluation at the bedside, JC demonstrated… (Read More)

Maumee Pediatric Associates ShotBlocker Patient Study

In 2002, Maumee Pediatric Associates, the pediatric practice of Dr. James Huttner inventor of ShotBlocker®, conducted a study on parent’s assessment of the ShotBlocker. Parents were asked to complete a short survey immediately after their child had been given an injection with the aid of ShotBlocker. Eighty two surveys were completed by parents of children from newborn through late teens. The results of the study indicated that a substantial majority… (Read More)

Assessment of Discomfort with Usual Immunization Practice Compared to the Use of Usual Practice and ShotBlocker™

BACKGROUND: The pain elicited by administering immunizations can be a significant cause of anxiety and fear in many patients. This apprehension can be one reason a person may decline immunizations and can impair the clinician’s ability to perform an examination. This project uses a mechanical device, ShotBlocker™, to apply local pressure to an injection site at the time of needle penetration, thereby stimulating afferent fibers to reduce pain sensation. METHODS:… (Read More)

Efficacy of ShotBlocker™ (Ma. Abigail D. Guevarra, MD)

Ma. Abigail D. Guevarra, MD Department of Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines Fear of getting a shot is a major concern that must be addressed in children to encourage clinic visits and promote immunization. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to determine the effectiveness of ShotBlocker™ in reducing pain associated with intramuscular injection in preschool children. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Dalandanan Elementary School, Dalandanan, Valenzuela City. METHODOLOGY:… (Read More)

Efficacy of ShotBlocker™ (American Journal of Emergency Medicine)

Objective: The aim of the study was to determine the efficacy of ShotBlocker™ (Bionix, Toledo, Ohio) in reducing pediatric pain with intramuscular (IM) injections. Methods: A prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted in children aged 2 months to 17 years who required an IM injection. Children were randomized to the no-intervention group or the ShotBlocker™ group. Demographic data and the number of IM injections were recorded. Perceived… (Read More)