Does Lidocaine-Prilocaine Cream (EMLA) Decrease the Pain of Neonatal Circumcision?
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EMLA cream reduces the pain experienced by newborns during circumcision compared with placebo. [Strength of recommendation: A, based on a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs)]. However, dorsal penile nerve block and ring block are more effective than EMLA cream or placebo in reducing the pain response during circumcision. [Strength of recommendation: A, based on a single RCT.]
Clinical Inquiries, 2004 (MU)
American Family Physician 69(4) 2004.