Bloodwork

Dawn - posted on 01/14/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I have known of some children being checked for lead at age 1 but my doctor says age 2, so I have the paperwork to get his blood drawn in the next few weeks. I am nervous to say the least!! Have any mothers here been through this already???Any tips on what to expect or how to make it easier on my son??? I know he will put up a BIG fight!!! Thank you in advance!!

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Iridescent - posted on 01/14/2011

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It was required for all my kids to have lead levels done between the 2 and 3 year checkups. It's state guidelines here (Minnesota).

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/demo...
"The Center for Disease Control recommends that all children be screened for lead poisoning yearly. This is especially important for children between 6 months and 6 years of age."

With all the lead content in toys, paint on products, home items, dirt...it can't hurt. As the others said, it really wasn't that bad.

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/lead/pb_st... - guideline standards and differences from state to state, where lead is found and a problem, etc. It is a quiz, as it's meant for learning, lol.

Kate CP - posted on 01/14/2011

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I've never had my daughter tested for lead. I would assume most doctors wouldn't order this test unless you're seeing signs of lead poisoning?

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Stifler's - posted on 01/16/2011

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That's awful :( I've never had anyone miss a vein or anything and I've been pregnant twice that's a lot of blood tests lol

Sherri - posted on 01/16/2011

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Yes three times. It is a blood draw that is it. He sits in your lap you hold his arm and is over in less then 30secs.

Dawn - posted on 01/16/2011

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That is a nice thought Emma, but you can hardly trust many of them to stick you without rolling the vein, shooting right through it or leaving you with a dozen stick marks and 2 inch bruises....at least here Jacksonville, FL....there must be a real need for phlebotomists here because they all seem straight out of training school!

Stifler's - posted on 01/16/2011

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I've never heard of this either. I think all phlebotomists would know how to draw blood for children.

Dawn - posted on 01/16/2011

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Well, I did some internet searching and found some helpful tips that I will be using...thought I would share them here, in case anyone else has the same concerns I have.

I will be contacting my local children's hospital to see if Ithey have a pediactric lab.....if not, I will call Quest and see if they have a phlebotomist that is use to drawing from children...I guess this is a big deal.
I will also make sure he is well hydrated and inquire about a heat/numbing patch...I read the heat helps the blood flow better.
Other than that, I will jsut put on my strong Mommy face, hold him still as much as it makes my heart break and cover him kisses after!!!

Jodi - posted on 01/14/2011

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Wow, I've never heard of this being a standard test! I am from Australia, so I'm just surprised :) It's got me thinking now.....

Angie - posted on 01/14/2011

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I had to have my son tested every 6 months until he was 3. I was happy he was being tested so that we could make sure he wasn't getting too much lead from our old house.

Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2011

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they had my son sit in my lap while they did it which helped a lot, i think

Dawn - posted on 01/14/2011

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well if he can get it checked with a finger prick I am all for that!! I will check. I know he will not be still without me pining him to the ground and I hate doing that...I also hope I get a good phelbotomist....some are just horrible, and that is as an adult!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2011

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my son had his lead levels checked at his 1 year well baby check up, and it was just a finger prick, and they squeezed a couple little vials worth of blood. my son wasn't too happy about it...the needle prick didn't bother him so much it seemed like he was just annoyed that the lady was squeezing his finger. my niece also had her levels checked at her 1 year appointment but they drew blood from her arm. from what i've heard, it seems like having the blood taken from the arm is actually easier. it probably allllll depends on the phlebotomist, though.

Kate CP - posted on 01/14/2011

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I'm in Texas. Yea, if you live in a house where lead-based paint could be present I would probably want the test done, too.

Dawn - posted on 01/14/2011

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Where are you from Kate? I thought it was standard testing, but maybe not. I am from Florida, USA. Anyways, I do live in a house that was built int he 50's so I would like the test done regardless.

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