At AdventHealth Lab, we understand that children may feel anxious when an upcoming test requires their blood to be drawn.
Please read below to help ease your child’s anxiety concerning blood tests.
Should I inform my child about the blood draw?
Telling your child what to expect beforehand can help foster a sense of trust with your child. It will also help them plan and prepare for the visit.
How should I tell my child?
Plan to have a conversation with your child when conditions are calm and there are no distractions. Use honest, simple explanations that your child will understand. It is important that your child understands that having this blood test is the right thing to do.
Try to use positive reinforcement: For instance, say something like, “Some children say the test feels like a small pinch, and some children say they don’t feel anything while their blood is being drawn.” Follow up with your child to make sure he/she understands what you have said. Ask questions. Have your child summarize back what you have talked about, or describe the plan you have developed together.
The 4 “W”’ Question and Answers:
Who will be drawing my blood?
Our expert phlebotomy team members at AdventHealth are trained to obtain blood from children.
What will happen when the phlebotomist draws my blood?
A very small needle is inserted in the arm and it will puncture the skin. The needle will fill small tubes with blood that will be analyzed by instruments to help see what conditions may or may not be happening with your child’s body. It’s important to stay very still when the needle is in the arm so that the procedure can be completed quickly and accurately.
When will I have my blood drawn?
Give your child notice as to what day and time of day the procedure will take place.
Where will I have my blood drawn?
The laboratory is equipped with special chairs and supplies to draw blood.
How can I help my child?
Developing a plan allows kids to feel more in control and less frightened. Talk with the phlebotomist about the best position for your child. This means you can concentrate on comforting your child. Together, you and your child can decide if you would like to:
- Sit up or lie down
- Have your child sit on your lap or sit by themselves
- Hold each others hand
- Watch the blood draw or, look away/at a book
- Count to three or sing a song
- Take slow, deep breaths
- Squeeze a stress ball or concentrate on a small toy