If you are going to be taking your child in to have their blood drawn, then you will more than likely find they are very scared. While getting blood drawn is not a big deal, it can seem like a very scary thing to a child. There are some things that you can do in order to help them feel better about going in to have their blood taken. The tips in this article will educate you on some things you can do to help get your child through the process without all the worry and stress they would normally have.
Explain the process to them
Before you even take them in to have their blood drawn, you should sit them down and explain the whole process to them. Let them know that when they first go in they will sit down. The technician will ask them which arm they want the blood to be drawn from. As long as they can find a good vein in that arm, they will accommodate your child by drawing it out of that arm.
Then, the technician will take a large rubber band, called a truncate, and put it around their arm. Explain to your child that this slows down the movement of the blood through that area of the arm so the technician can feel a vein easier, since they will be larger. The technician will clean off their skin with a small alcohol pad. They will then use the very tiny needle to draw blood. It only takes a few seconds to draw the amount of blood needed for most tests. Then, the technician will place cotton ball over the entry point and remove the needle.
Explain everything to your child a matter of fact way. This should help them to grow a bit of an appreciation for the scientific part of drawing blood and the fact that you are so nonchalant about it will also put them at ease and make them feel more like there's nothing to worry about.
Let them know they can control the situation
Let your child know that they can sit on your lap during the blood test. Also, explain that the only part they are going to feel will be the needle quickly going in and it is really so tiny that it only feels like a small pinch. Once the needle is in, they won't feel it. Only if your child seems to be feeling in a very good place now and they are the type that would want to, you can tell them that the blood moves through a clear tube and it's interesting to watch. Following these tips will help make the experience much better one for your child.
Be sure to also take them to a trusted clinic, such as Emergency Care Dynamics, for an even easier time with this.