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Blood tests for 3 year old DS.

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needaholidaynow Mon 29-Dec-14 17:57:08

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ipswichwitch Mon 29-Dec-14 19:32:42

It's always a bit frightening when your DC aren't well and you don't know what's going on. Try to thing of these blood tests as the first step to finding out what's wrong and what to do about it.

Fwiw, DS1 was diagnosed with severe anaemia at 10mo. He was given liquid iron, but was almost on the receiving end of a transfusion. He had similar symptoms - he was lethargic, pale, lost appetite, etc. he responded well to the treatment and is now a happy bouncy 3yo.

FBC will tell them about the number of white cells, and platelets (which can indicate a virus). Hopefully it will give the dr some answers and get your little boy on the road to being well again.

needaholidaynow Mon 29-Dec-14 19:40:07

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DeWee Tue 30-Dec-14 00:33:54

Ds had a number of blood tests as a baby due to (regularly) developing various viral rashes which either looked like huge bruises or non-fading red rash.
Dd2 has had a number of blood tests for unknown tummyache.

All of them have come back with some issues but nothing on the major illnesses front. Which is a great relief. It's quite normal for there to be a few things not quite in the normal band, but the doctor can tell you if it's something to worry about or not.
And if there is something to worry about (which almost certainly there isn't) then picking it up sooner is better than later.

The main thing is don't let him see you're scared. Make sure the doctor has given you magic cream (to numb his hand/elbow). Give him some sweets (I find fruit pastilles work best) to suck. Position him on you facing you cuddling you, his arms under your arms (so you can stop him from moving them) with his hands sticking out behind. Not being able to see helps.
Make it sound interesting. "Wow! The doctor wants some of your blood because he can look at it and see all sorts of things in it." If you can get him excited (ds thought he was giving the doctor such a treat at that age) about doing it then all the better.
Most of the results are usually back within a few days, some may take a little longer.

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