Originally Posted by bri276
yes not only do we do lead tests but iron as well. despite a wonderful diet of fresh fruit, veggies, bit of meat, breastmilk, and grains, DD was SIGNIFICANTLY iron deficient. not just anemic, specifically, the level of iron in her blood was tested and she was well below normal. that can also affect brain development. since then, I've known to limit her calcium intake and after supplementing for a short time, we've modified her diet to increase iron. I would've never known otherwise, as she wasn't sleepy and didn't look pale or get sick.
a simple blood test will not traumatize your child. being deficient in an essential mineral, or having an excess of a poisonous one, may affect the rest of their lives.
My child had blood drawn for health reasons, and it was the single most horrific experience of her or my life.
She absolutely freaked. I was holding the baby, and my partner was holding her. He couldn't hold her. The nurses tried everything and eventually had to help him hold her down.
We certainly did not instill any fear in her. We explained what would happen, why they were doing it, and that it wouldn't hurt, but might pinch.
She cried for an hour afterwards. She was scared for weeks to go anywhere in the car. She is still scared to this day to go to the doctor.
My daughter has anxiety issues and is very nervous around strangers.
PLease don't minimize what my child went through or say that it won't traumatize her.
I know of course there is no choice sometimes, and that the tests she had were important for her health, but to say it won't traumatize a child is ridiculous. Just because it didn't hurt or traumatize your child, doesn't mean it will be the same for every child.
One of the things they tested was her iron, and it was fine, so it doesn't concern me.
Also, since the tests are not routinely offered here, and we don't have droves of children with iron or lead problems, I am not concerned.
ALthough this thread has inspired me to bring it up with my doctor when my son goes for his 12 month visit this month.