A child's blood test

A child's blood test

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A child's blood test is usually a big stress for parents who have to reckon with the vision of toddler's painful pricking and crying, often in combination with horror and trauma during subsequent contact with health care professionals. How to prepare a child for surgery to make blood collection quick and easy?

When is the baby's blood test done?

Your doctor will order a blood test for a specific reason. Rarely, this examination is done as part of prevention. Usually, the cause is anorexia, abdominal pain, anemia, and slow growth in a child. The doctor may order an examination, if the toddler is often sick, allergy is suspected. The blood test is a point in the diagnosis of diabetes, heart, kidney, liver and lung diseases.

A blood test is performed on children whenever necessary. There are no limits in this regard.

Is a referral required?

If we want to do a free examination, a referral is necessary. However, if the test is carried out privately, there is no need to show this type of document. The average cost of morphology is 8-10 zlotys, the iron level test is about 5 zlotys, while the allergic test: making each profile costs 120 zlotys.

How is blood collected in a child?

In newborns and young infants, blood is taken from the head, where there is the easiest access to the blood vessels. In young children, on the other hand, blood is usually taken by the finger (to reduce stress associated with the entire procedure). By pricking the pad with a needle and after attaching the test tube, the appropriate amount of blood is measured for testing.

In infants, when more blood is needed (for example, for allergy testing), blood is drawn from a vein, usually from the hand. In older children, blood is usually taken from the bend of the elbow.

Does the child need to be fasting before the blood test?

Children from the age of two can be prepared for blood tests, for example, by ensuring that they are fasting. A preschooler who can come to the clinic with an empty tummy can cope well with this challenge. It's good to do the same with your one-year-old baby. This can be difficult, however, in babies.

It is worth keeping an 8-9 hour break in food. Shortly after taking blood, it is worth giving the baby something to drink and eat. The day before, it is good to make sure your child drinks enough liquid, especially spring water, which will make it easier to collect blood the next day.

Blood test for children at home

It may be helpful for your child to have a blood test at home as soon as you wake up, for example by using the option of taking a blood sample at home from you. At a price of around 30-60 zlotys, depending on the city, you can do a child's blood test, without queues and additional stress, in a known place, at home, where the toddler feels safe.

How to facilitate blood donation?

Some parents come up with the idea to give the baby a breast while collecting blood to reduce discomfort during the procedure. However, this is not recommended, because it can lead to choking.

A better idea is to try to distract you when the baby is frightened and ready to comfort immediately after the procedure.

Blood collection in a child

Getting a baby's blood can be a hassle. The toddler has the right to be irritable, impatient, hungry or scared, which in the face of waiting for surgery may increase his frustration and helplessness of parents.

If we do not want or cannot use the option of taking blood at home, another option is to use the option of entering the treatment room out of order.

In some places (especially in state facilities, sometimes private ones having a contract with the National Health Fund), this rule applies and children up to three years are served first. Even with this possibility, we must reckon with the presence of other parents with children and protests among older people who feel that they should also be adopted out of order.

Infant blood collection

Although the taking of blood in an infant can be worrisome, often children are unaware of what is happening and endure the test better than older babies. Regardless of who is taking the blood, it is worth ensuring your own peace of mind and that the examination takes place in a good place. When we consult, it may turn out that a person known from blood collection works quickly and efficiently at the clinic or collection point. It is worth finding out when she is admitting and going for the procedure.