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Tips for Paediatric Blood Collection

4 tips to help prepare your child for a blood test

At some point in their life, your child will need to have a blood test. Often it can be just as traumatic for the parent as it is for the child. Here are 4 tips to help prepare your little one and take the fear out of blood tests.

Explain the procedure – Explain what is going to happen a few days before. If your child asks “will it hurt?” Give the child an honest answer – “Some children say it hurts a bit, others are not so bothered.”

Distract them–Depending on whether you have an infant, toddler or teenager, distract them with food, toys, books, music or talking to them etc

Positioning – Try sitting your toddler on your lap which provides security and comfort. Older children may like to lie down or sit in the chair and watch the procedure. Maintain contact by holding their hand or giving them a hug.

Reward them – Stay with your child until they are calm. Give positive encouragement by saying they did a great job and how proud you are of them. Reward them for being brave.