Labs that draw blood
ADVICE ABOUT BLOOD DRAWS:--Use cream (e.g., EMLA, Lidocaine, or Amethocaine) in order to make blood draws less painful It\'s numbing cream which needs to be applied 45 mins beforehand and covered to keep the cream in place. Put it on BOTH arms (in case one arm doesn\'t work) Important Message from Park Slope Parents (PSP):Just a reminder: PSP member posts are not checked for accuracy. The content is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice.ParkSlopeParents.com is not intended to, and does not, provide medical advice diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice, or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on the PSP Yahoo! Group or on the http://www.parkslopeparents.com/ web site.Never rely on information in an e-mail or on our web site in place of seeking professional medical advice.
--Frame it as "a part of life to stay healthy." Don’t make it into a drama. If you can, take your child to one of your blood draws and be a good role model. --Practice by playing "take the blood"- sometimes the fear is worse than the experience.--If you drink water beforehand (lots) it makes the vein easier to find.--Distract if possible. Show a video, show stickers they\'ll get when it\'s all done, anything that they have to stay still for but keeps their mind off the procedure.--Stay calm as a parent. If you are tense, they will be more tense.
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