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Son Does Not Want To Get Bloodwork Done

Son Does Not Want To Get Bloodwork Done

My son does not want me to mention the word blood . I don't know if it's a fear or what because I can't say it without him telling me to stop. Has anyone had success with getting their child to get bloodwork who had a fear or other prior?

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

My son was naturally very fearful of shots or bloodwork when he was younger. Before we went to the lab, we took pictures of the place, inside and out to build a social story about "staying healthy". We went to the lab with him several times to build positive experiences in the space and meet the friendly "helpers". The supports that we used were a schedule (both written and pictures) to predict the steps and a timer. He earned rewards and tons of praise and high-fives for each step that he was able to be successful at.

The first time was rocky but NOTHING even close to what it was when he was little and was terrified. We didn't know these strategies. His Covid vaccines went well because we used the same strategies and supports.
(McDonald's as a treat after was so important too, lol!)
Hope this helps!!

posted 22 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

It definitely sounds like a phobia. It seems like a lot of people hate blood and/or needles! I've never had any issues with either, but hopefully he will find something that helps him to conquer it 😊

posted 25 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Security was massage point specialist and last time did hold son while being done. - acupuncture specialist I think

posted 27 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Anything I know my son doesn't like he doesn't get a choice or a discussion about it. We just go. I will tell him were going to the doctor, but not what we're doing. When we arrive at the doctor's office, it really depends on how the person makes him feel. Some people make him nervous and uncomfortable (even me) but sometimes, he has walked right in, sat in the chair, lifted his sleeve, maybe say "ouch" but he didn't fight us most times. After a while he understands this is just a part of life. It may just simply be the word BLOOD that makes him uncomfortable. Just call it something else like "health testing " or something like that.

posted 27 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Sometimes the clinic can send someone to your home for blood draws.
Some parents sit and hug (cocoon) their children while a blood sample is being collected. Some children will let another clinic worker hold them. Protect your shins! Some labs have a wrap to help cocoon a patient. I reminded our children that we would go elsewhere for a treat after a blood draw. No matter how they reacted, we stopped to get the treat. Being a lab tech myself, my offers to collect the sample were firmly rejected by all of my children.

posted 28 days ago
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