Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to Ease the Anxiety of Your Child in Venipuncture Procedures

Most adults who are scheduled for venipuncture (collection of blood through the veins) are usually anxious of the procedure. This is because they are unaware of the rudiments and the facts about it.

If adults are anxious of it, how much more for a child? A child would be terrified just knowing that he would be punctured by a needle. This anxiety however, could be considerably lessened if parents are oriented on how to ease the fears of their child. These are methods that you could adapt.

For children below 2 years old:

1. Since the child could not really understand explanations, what is needed from you is your moral support. The health care workers would be responsible in restraining him.

2. Be visible and stay some place where he can see you. If he sees you, he will be reassured that he is not alone.

3. If you're allowed to stay inside the room, you can coax and talk to him in a comforting tone, telling him that everything would be well. You can hold his free hand and squeeze it gently for reassurance.

4. Let him have his favorite toy with him. The comforting presence and sight of something familiar would lessen his fear.


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Heidi said...

Having a needle poke is definitly a scary thing to have to face. You have some good ideas here. My favorite one is having your child bring along their favorite toy to comfort them.

Jena Isle said...

Hi Heidi,

Thanks for dropping by, Happy blog hopping.

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