Medical tests can be scary for children, but you can help calm your child. First calm yourself, and then prepare him/her.
Set Realistic Expectations
Explain what the test involves and who will be doing it. Prepare your child for the “ouch”. Instead of promising it won’t hurt, say that it will be over quickly. Afterward, offer praise and comfort.
Anticipate and Inform
Schedule the test at a time when your child is unlikely to be tired or hungry. Ask ahead if the test will require a finger prick or blood draw, and then be honest with your child.
Practice at home beforehand. You could say “show me how to be stay still” and praise them for doing it well.
Be There with Your Child – or Not
You may prefer to stay with your child during a blood draw for comfort or your assistance may be needed. Some children respond better without the parent so please consider your child’s personality and convey this to the staff if possible. Together we can determine what is appropriate based on your child’s age and ability.