I'm looking for anyone who has experience with taking a preschool aged child for a blood test. Our kids need to have a lead test, just as precaution because we live in an old house. My son has never had a problem with shots until his last visit. Now that he is 4 and aware of what was going on, he said NO WAY. Of course since we delayed vaccines he still has several to get.
I am terrified of taking him for the blood test. I'm not worried about the pain. Life, and maintaining health, can be painful. I think it's a fine lesson to learn. But I am worried about his fear, and feeling betrayed by me if I have to help restrain him, or let someone else restrain him. Ugh, the thought makes my stomach turn.
I feel like I don't want to do it until I can convince him that if he can stay calm with my help, it won't be so bad. We skipped the flu shot because of his reaction. I wasn't terribly worried about it anyways and was fine with skipping it. But it did make me see that things have definitely changed in regards to needles.
Anyone stories of experience, good or bad, would be appreciated. Thanks