My two year old needs a blood test :'( Any advice or tips?

posted 2 weeks ago in Babies
Post # 2
1438 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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.


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Post # 3
3015 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - England

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! 

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Post # 5
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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
47261 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1259 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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. 

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