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What is the best way to calm a child before they get blood work done?
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Reassure
Try not to transmit any anxiety you may have.
Avoid talking about the test hours and even days before hand. This tends to reinforce your concern over the procedure. Tell your child in a matter of fact tone as close to the test as you can. Do not lie. One child's mother told her they were going to get new shoes. She has shoe phobia. Think about emla, (lidocaine and prilocaine) a topical anesthetic.

In brief: Reassure
Try not to transmit any anxiety you may have.
Avoid talking about the test hours and even days before hand. This tends to reinforce your concern over the procedure. Tell your child in a matter of fact tone as close to the test as you can. Do not lie. One child's mother told her they were going to get new shoes. She has shoe phobia. Think about emla, (lidocaine and prilocaine) a topical anesthetic.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Relax!
If you are relaxed and matter-of-fact, your child will accept it without much fuss.
Children reflect the attitude of their parents-if you are anxious about the blood draw, your child will be too. Don't discuss it beforehand, inform your child of the test upon arrival. Blow a pinwheel to relieve physical stress and distract. Count to 100. Don't lie-it stings, but only a few seconds.

In brief: Relax!
If you are relaxed and matter-of-fact, your child will accept it without much fuss.
Children reflect the attitude of their parents-if you are anxious about the blood draw, your child will be too. Don't discuss it beforehand, inform your child of the test upon arrival. Blow a pinwheel to relieve physical stress and distract. Count to 100. Don't lie-it stings, but only a few seconds.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
In brief: Distraction
Having your child focus on something else, especially something pleasant, can really help with the anxiety and pain of needle sticks.
Check this site for some good suggestions http://www.Healthychildren.Org/english/safety-prevention/immunizations/pages/managing-your-childs-pain-while-getting-a-shot.Aspx.

In brief: Distraction
Having your child focus on something else, especially something pleasant, can really help with the anxiety and pain of needle sticks.
Check this site for some good suggestions http://www.Healthychildren.Org/english/safety-prevention/immunizations/pages/managing-your-childs-pain-while-getting-a-shot.Aspx.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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