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How to Prepare Children For a Blood test

Author: Dr. Aimee Dmytryshyn, MedSchoolForParents.com Expert
Top Tips from Amanda Lascelle, medschoolforparents.com Expert:
 
 

 

  1. Be Honest with child and tell them the procedure might hurt
  2. Explain why the procedure is necessary
  3. Tell them the process
    1. Arm will be cleaned with cold and wet paper
    2. A tight band will be put around the arm
    3. A small needle will take a small amount of blood
    4. When this is done, the elastic band will come off

 

  • Distract a child with books, toys or movies
  • Give them a choice of watching the test or not to make them feel in control
  • Tell the health care team what your child plans to do to cope

 

 
Updated: 03/08/2017
 

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