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What is the minimum acceptable age to collect blood from an infant by finger stick instead of a heel stick?

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Dr. Roberto Estrada
Pediatrics 34 years experience
0 to 1 and 1 and up: Heel stick is preferred for new born and infants up to 1 year finger stick for children one year amd older. Consider also premature babies with very low weight for heelsticck as your choice . If any doubt heel stick is the safest.
Dr. Osman Joasil
Podiatry 19 years experience
Above 3 months ofage: Pediatric blood drawing is not a complex science. Venipuncture, finger stick and heel stick are the three most common techniques utilized to draw blood from infants. The best method for pediatric blood drawing ultimately depends on the child's age. Heel stick technique is used on infants less than 3 months of age. For infants greater than 3 months of age the preferred technique is finger stick.

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