Prick of The Syrinx

The Sphinx is an ancient mythological creature that sits around all fabulous looking with a feline body and a human head. The “Syrinx” is a cute little modern-day creature that helps kids out with getting their skin pricked for shots at the doctor. Specifically it’s made for reducing the fear children feel before taking a blood test. Aimed directly at kids aged 3 to 6 years, or for bigger kids, whoever likes cute thangs and fears the prick of the needle!

The Syrinx works its magic in four steps:

One While the anesthesia is taking effect, the child and the parent together read a book about what’s about to happen, all illustrated and designed real nice just for this event. This Syrinx book allows the child to become immersed in the event in a positive way rather than the usual anxiety-filled episode of yore.

Two The child chooses their own Syrinx creature they want to work with, allowing them to continue their journey into the event, rather than skirting around it.

Three When the blood is being taken, the child can (hopefully) focus on the Syrinx rather than the normal looking away in terror situation.

Four After the event is over, the Syrinx is detached and given to the child, kind of like getting a toy with your box of cereal!

BONUS – here’s an additional GIANT image showing more on how this needle functions: HOW IT WORKS

Cute! Super fun!

Designer: Jesper Nilsson

Syrinx by Jesper Nilsson




  • tudza says:

    Maybe you want to select another name?

    Also, there is a Rush song that features this word.

  • TD says:

    Not sure how many people would like the idea of a slightly evil looking rat-like creature sucking their blood. Also, nook and crannies are kept to an absolute minimum on medical equipment to prevent the obvious germ harbouring etc.

    • Skwidspawn says:

      Needles are always single use. Nooks and crannies go into the sharps containers with the rest of the needle.

      Even if the end is reusable they would not be approved because of the danger of accidental sticks or exposure associated with handling a used needle.

  • monkeyfrog says:

    wanna let little children play with injection needles as shown in pic 2? please detach the needles after use!

    love the concept of leting the children choose a char of “syrinx” (even if I agree with the first comment + the name is to hard to spell for little children) and taking them on an adventure

    but it´s not used more then one time? the level of contamination of a childrens toy is not the best for our little ones health

    over all, like it

    • Skwidspawn says:

      Yeah, can you imagine someone reusing these? I mean, they’d come into contact with blood every time they’re used. Which means sterilization after every use, not to mention that removing the little guy from the end of a used needle isn’t exactly safe behavior.

    • Bongo says:

      Of course it's a name that is too hard to spell for little children, how many children aged 3-6 do you know that can spell anything but perhaps their own name? Where is the need for the child to spell it anyhow?

  • eno says:

    well i fear that some children if they are genuinely afraid of the needle will just project the fear onto the animal thingie.. and then have bad dreams.. i know my own kids have a vivid imagination…

    and design wise arent they a bit cumbersome to aim??and what is the weigth of one of these things???

  • trybudi says:

    I was too smart when i was a kid to be distracted by this kind of thing… I fainted -___-“

  • i would pay good money for these. i am a terribly phobic adult. my fear has gripped me and kept me from making many god health decisions over the years. these frighten me less, and i think could help me to not have a completely panic attack at my next doctor’s visit. when will these be available?

  • Skwidspawn says:

    I seriously doubt that this idea will do anything to assuage the fear of needles. To be honest the difference between a kid with a phobia and a kid who is cool with it is the way that the parent treats the child. Kids know just as well as adults when they’re being lied to, and when someone holds a needle and their parent is saying “it won’t hurt a bit” the kid gets the exact opposite idea.

    Regardless, the cost of these needles would be prohibitive for any medical center. Most places require that their phlebotomists limit the number of “butterfly” style needles to less than 10% of their total sticks since each type costs 10 times more than a regular needle. The complete lack of retraction mechanism makes accidental needle sticks a sure thing. The idea is cute, but lacking.

  • ThatGuy says:

    Congrats for making it on widely acclaimed blog Gizmodo!

    Still this is sick.

  • defloyd says:

    WOW! I am an adult that does not find needles a problem at all, but if i went to a dr. and they wanted to stick me with that I would have needle nightmares and a new phobia!

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