Blood work: Helping your child get ready

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Many children are afraid of having blood work done. Read effective distraction and explanation techniques for children of different ages.

Key points

  • There are things you can do to help your child prepare for blood work and reduce their worries about it. What works best depends on the age and temperament of your child.
  • Be honest with your child. Explain what will happen, using words they can understand.
  • Distracting your child during the procedure can help.
  • Giving your child choices can also be helpful.
Last updated: October 16th 2009