How to Make Blood Draws Easier for Kids

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Most people do not look forward to having their blood drawn…for children, it can be a very scary and anxiety-filled procedure. Here are some simple tips that may help parents whose children need to have blood drawn.

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Attitude

Your attitude is contagious! If you are tense, your child will get tense as well.

  • Be positive!
  • Be honest with your child that it might hurt!
  • Talk about where or what you are going to be doing when you leave!

Comfort

  • Your child could sit on your lap during the blood draw.
  • You could stand behind him or her and give a shoulder rub during the draw.
  • You could hold his or her other hand.
  • You could tell his or her favorite story.
  • You could leave the room…sometimes older kids would prefer this…it makes them feel grown up.
  • When it is all over, tell your child that you are proud of him or her…no matter how he or she acted during the draw.

Things NOT to say:

  • Don’t say it won’t hurt!
  • Don’t say just think of something else!
  • Don’t say just act like a big boy or girl!