Make Doctor Visits Painless For You Or Your Child
Used in over 37 million procedures in 27 countries, Buzzy uses cold and mechanical stimulation to inhibit pain, making injections worry-free and pleasant as can be.
Adding distraction while using Buzzy further reduces pain and fear of needle procedures. Choose from Monkeys, Fairy Tale, Cows, or Frog themed cards. Each contain 5 cards with different activities by age group on each card. These cards are pocket-sized and are super fun for kids and adults.
- 1 set of DistrACTION® Cards
If you'd like to purchase all 4 sets (in English), go to DistrACTION® Cards 4-Pack or take a look at our combination packs here.
How Buzzy Works
The science and technology behind Buzzy the Bee!
Each set of 5 cards is on a ring for convenience. Easily flip thorugh the different cards for fun activities.
- Card Size is approximately 3 x 2 inches.
- Made with strong laminate type paper to help keep them clean and withstand lots of use.
Item Number / SKU (MONKEYS - ENGLISH): DTC-01MEN
Item Number / SKU (MONKEYS - SPANISH): DTC-01MSP
Item Number / SKU (FAIRY TALE - ENGLISH): DTC-03F
Item Number / SKU (COWS - ENGLISH): DTC-02C
Item Number / SKU (FROGS - ENGLISH): DTC-FROGS
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the mini and the personal?
Despite the names, the size difference of the "mini" and the "personal" is relatively small; both vibration devices fit in the palm of the hand. The "personal" is our original Buzzy model that offers hands-free operation. We developed the "mini" (approximately one-third smaller by volume) to be held or pressed in place for quick procedures like vaccinations. The "mini" features an energy-saving automatic 3-minute shut-off. Compare features of all Buzzy models here: In the comparison chart, you can see the shorthand is that we recommend the "mini" for injections/short procedures and the "personal" for phlebotomy/longer procedures. In all cases, we recommend the healthcare/multi-patient versions for use in a clinical setting.
Where is the evidence that it really works?
Buzzy combines high-frequency vibration (Gate Control) and cold (Descending Noxious Inhibitory Control/DNIC) to control sharp pain. DNIC develops around age 4, and younger children may not tolerate the ice-cold sensation of Buzzy. For these children, the vibration of Buzzy will still provide some pain relief and the competing sensation of holding the ice-cold wing in the hand offers additional distraction - physical and cognitive - from the procedure. The patented technology works even better for adults than children. Over 50 clinical trials demonstrate that Buzzy is effective at relieving pain. It is the only solution that reduces both pain fear. Buzzy is the most proven intervention for injections. See the research summary by clicking here.
Does it work at the physical or physiological level?
Yes! Buzzy blocks pain signals to the brain. Buzzy uses motion and ice to harness two physiologic pain pathways: one mechanical frequency blocks pain, one competes with pain for the brain’s attention.
How many times can I or my child use Buzzy?
Hundreds of times! Families are welcome to share a Buzzy. However, if any family member is immunocompromised, we recommend Batteries are pre-installed and should last approximately 20 hours. Batteries (2 x AAA) can be replaced by opening the back of your vibration unit with a Phillips head screwdriver. Find video instructions for how to change batteries on "mini" and "personal" on our YouTube channel, click here.
Do I need to order healthcare Buzzy?
Our Buzzy® portfolio includes Buzzy Healthcare for use in multi-patient settings and Buzzy Personal for single-patient use. Use of Buzzy Personal devices in a multi-patient setting voids any applicable warranty.
When should I NOT use Buzzy?
Do not use in the presence of unexplained calf pain; consult a physician. Do not use over swollen or inflamed areas or skin eruptions. Do not place directly on a thermal burn. Risk of injury with dry-ice or deep-freeze. Do not use ice pack with underlying sensitivities to ice or cold (e.g. Sickle Cell Disease, Reynaud’s Disease, CRPS, diabetic neuropathy).
Have used cards like this in the past. I hope these will come in handy for me in the future with my pediatric patients and families. Thank you
My kiddo was having NO part of even looking at the DistrACTION cards while her toe was being numbed (for an ingrown toenail procedure), and sadly, Buzzy didn't work much on that part of the body either in her heightened state of anxiety. Still, the cards were a good activity to go over once she was numb -- she was starting to calm down a bit and pepped up a bit once she realized the needles were done.
My 1 year old daughter didn’t care at all about these cards during the shots. She was too busy crying and screaming. After the shot it helped her calm down by pointing to the cows.