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    My 3 year old DS has to have a blood test and I'm so stressed about it
    I know it's not the worst thing in the world but I know it's going to hurt him and I can't seem to bring myself to do it. I just had a little chat with him to explain what was going to happen and he cried and said "no, no, don't take me". I've explained it will only hurt for a minute and I will take him to the lolly shop after as a treat and he can also choose a new toy at the shops but he's not buying it!
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    He's not actaully sick (that we know of) but he's been getting leg pains at night and a couple of times we wasn't able to walk the next day for a couple of hours so we had him checked out and the Paed wants to do a blood test to rule out a few things.

    Has anyone got any tips or advice? I guess I should harden up and go do it but I get teary thinking about it

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    My DD had a blood test at the same age and I was just honest with her, as in when she asked will it hurt, I told her yes, just like a needle does. It probably helped that all my kids have been in with me when I have had blood taken (I have done this deliberately) so they can see me being 'brave' and totally okay.

    I also promised her a special treat for when she was done and that was her main focus!

    Op, if like any of the ones around here, they are very aware that children (and sometimes parents) are anxious etc, some even give a teddy as a gift afterwards. But they speak in a way and act in a way which is very calming and kid-friendly I have found. All the best, I find if I remain calm and upbeat about things, my kids bounce off how I am and act the same. x

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    My 4 year old had to go through this too once when she was ill No two ways about it, it does suck! But the pain is over so very quickly, and they do the blood collection at a centre that is very experienced with children, so they know what they are doing. DS will sit on your lap and be distracted by one pathologist while the other takes the sample. They make a big fuss, give them a toy and lollies (if allowed) afterwards. I actually didn't talk about it too much prior, just made it kind of a little thing that would happen, no big deal, and played making a little "prick" on her arm (flying in with your fingers, making a quick painless pinch kind of thing) and how it happens so fast you can hardly notice it.

    It wasn't a bad experience at all, and I have a very sensitive child. I mean, she wouldn't line up for another one, but she's also been far more traumatised just be falling over etc. Good luck

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    OP, I forgot to mention as BornTobe also mentioned, my DD sat on my lap (at the request of the Phlebotomist) and that was very reassuring for her.

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    My dd has had a few but she's only 19 months so doesn't understand. The last one was around Xmas and was the first one in her arm - the others they've been able to do by finger prick and squeezing the blood out which takes aaaaggggeesss so drawing blood from her arm properly was better as it was over so fast.
    If you can call the pathology centre before and ask if they have someone particularly good with kids and time it for when they're on that will help. We take dd to the pathology clinic at the hospital as they see a lot of kids and they're great with it. They're also open on saturdays which meant for us DH could come.
    Maybe buy a new toy keep it in your bag and bring it out either right before or immediately after the test is finished to distract him.
    Can you take his dad too? I've only ever taken dd when DH can come I hold dd and DH distracts her with bubbles and they give all the kids a finger puppet when they have a blood test so he plays finger puppets with her.
    They'll show you how to hold him on your lap with your arms around his arm and legs so he can't squirm too much.
    It's over really fast. The build up is worse. He will probably let out a scream and little cry but will be over it quickly especially if you can distract him with something cool like a new toy.
    I probably wouldn't talk too much about it with him or build it up as he might freak out more and pick up on your anxiety about it.
    Good luck and I hope the tests are all fine

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    Thanks ladies, I feel better already. I think I'll wait til Friday when DH can come. We all had Hep A injections last week for an upcoming holiday and I was totally ok with that because they've had all their jabs before and it wasn't a big deal. For some reason I thought this would hurt more and take longer. I read a few stories online about not being able to find a suitable vein and I think that freaked me out a little. Also DH wants to wait a few more days so lasts weeks injections aren't so fresh in DS's mind. So we'll go on Friday and I wont mention it to DS until we go.

    Thanks for the tips everyone

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    My 3 year old had a blood test a few months ago, we rang ahead to tell them and they had a nurse who was experienced in doing kids blood tests.

    My DS is pretty strong and finds it very hard to sit still so I didn't tell him it was coming, otherwise it would have been impossible. He sat on my lap and i had his iPad for him to watch. We had to hold his arm but he was relaxed as he had no idea it was coming, otherwise he would have been tensing his arm and they never would have got it in. He cried and it wasn't fun but it was super quick and I'd bought him a new train and had a Freddo frog for him which I gave him straight afterwards. Good if you can make sure your child is well hydrated beforehand, better for their veins.

    They aren't fun but they are over quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    My 3 year old had a blood test a few months ago, we rang ahead to tell them and they had a nurse who was experienced in doing kids blood tests.

    My DS is pretty strong and finds it very hard to sit still so I didn't tell him it was coming, otherwise it would have been impossible. He sat on my lap and i had his iPad for him to watch. We had to hold his arm but he was relaxed as he had no idea it was coming, otherwise he would have been tensing his arm and they never would have got it in. He cried and it wasn't fun but it was super quick and I'd bought him a new train and had a Freddo frog for him which I gave him straight afterwards. Good if you can make sure your child is well hydrated beforehand, better for their veins.

    They aren't fun but they are over quickly.
    Good tips, thank you

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    Lots of water to drink beforehand

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    Emla patch from the chemist x


 

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