Post # 1
My little one needs to get a blood test We’ve tried to put it off but it’s no longer an option to wait. She hates being touched by people she doesnt know, and has no issue yelling at a doctor to get away form her if they so much as looks in her ear. I would love to get any advice about how to make the process as easy as possible!!
Post # 2
Can you ring the lab and ask for their advice? I’m sure their staff have heaps of experience with drawing blood from children and will be able to help you out! Otherwise I know that being well hydrated makes it easier for blood to be taken.
Post # 3
My son has had loads of blood tests. Get them to use the numbing cream. You have to leave it one for 30 mins so they get used to the person touching them before any needles come out.
for his last one they had me sit on a chair with my back to them and then hold my son like a cuddle with his face away from them. He cried but I could hold him steady and he didn’t feel anything (he’d calmed down by the time the needle actually went in)
ive found the people who work doing children’s blood tests are really good at calming the child. My 11 month old had one last week and the woman was amazing.
a big part will also be you. Lots of deep breaths and try to stay calm
Post # 4
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do they have a favourite toy or story you could distract them with? If I have a blood test I still stare out the window or anything so I don’t have to see the needle go in as I convince myself that it hurts if I see it!
Post # 5
sugarcloud : sorry mama, that sucks. My kiddo (15 months old) has had a handful of blood draws starting from when he was just a few weeks old. Unfortunately you basically just have to hold him tight while he cries.
Definitely don’t be afraid to ask for someone who is really used to working with little kids – their veins are smaller and it’s a lot tricker. Our pediatrician’s nurse is awesome at it, she hits the right spot on the first try every time. Everyone else has taken multiple sticks to get it right, which is just prolonging the torture.
Be ready to pick him up and cuddle / distract him as soon as it’s done. My guy usually calms right down. Good luck!
Post # 6
Ask your doctor about EMLA cream. It is a topical version of Lidocaine. in some places it needs a presciption. In other, they routinely apply it as soon as the child arrives at the waiting room.
Post # 7
My 2.5 year old had his blood drawn a few months ago. It wwas his second time (first time at 1.5 years). The first time he screamed bloody murder the entire time and I had to hold him tight in my lap. It was really rough and I cried too!
This past time, he whimpered/cried out when the needle first went in, but then the nurse was like, “wow! Do you see the red? Look, it’s filling up! Almost full! Red!” And almost talked him through the process. He watched the whole time and only whimpered again when they took the needle out. The nurse was great with him. I hope it goes well for you! Be ready for snuggles after! I brought some fruit snacks to immediately give my son afterwards.
Post # 8
Kemma : Yes, I found a location today that work specifically with kids and they also said to give her lots of fluids. Fingers crossed it goes well!
Twizbe : Thank you, I will look into it that sounds like it would really help!
juneweddingbee : Yes I am the same, even though I have has so many blood tests I always need to read whatever poster is on the wall and convince myself that its super interesting haha. I will take some toys with us and distract her, thanks!!
KittyYogi : Poor little thing that sucks I was able to find someone who specifically works with kids so I’m hoping it goes well. Hubby will be coming as well so hopefully between the both of us we can keep her as still and as calm as possible!
julies1949 : Thanks I will ask the Dr about the emla
Cote1590 : He’s so brave I still can’t look when I have a blood test!! Snacks are a great idea, I just remembered she loves honey lolipops so I might be able to distract her with one while its happening thanks so much!!
Post # 9
UPDATE: We did the blood test today and it went better than expected!! I bought her 2 lollipops (an extra on incase she dropped one of the floor) and held her tightly in my lap while we watched a puppy video on my phone. Meanwhile hubby held her arm and the nurse drew the blood. She cried but not as much as I was expecting. The lollipop definelty worked and will be my go to tactic for future vaccines or blood tests!! She calmed down shortly after and showed everyone her lollipop, gave the nurse a big hug and said “thank you have a good day!!” to everyone as we left, so cute and Im so glad its over