Topic: Venipuncture for a 1 year old?
I had a 1 year old checkup for my daughter yesterday. The pediatrician told me to go to the lab to get my daughter's blood drawn to check for lead and anemia. She told me its a standard procedure and its done for every single baby. When I asked her if its a finger stick, she said that they will take blood from her vein, not her finger.
I was not too happy about it. I don't think my daughter has anemia or lead posioning. And it seems to me that she is way too young to get her blood drawn from her vein. I can't see any of her veins, and I know it is more difficult to do a venipuncture on a young baby. Plus I have horrible veins, and according to my multiple experiences with venipunctures, techs kept on sticking and sticking me and kept on missing my veins and I always got bruises after venipunctures from multiple unsuccessful attempts.
Anyway, I still went to the lab (all shaken and scared for my baby) that was in the same building as my ped's office. The phlebotomist was not a friendly guy. He basically told me to sit in a chair with my daughter, restrain my daugher, by holding her arm still, while she will be screaming and kicking, and that he will take 2 vials of blood from her vein.
I could NOT bring myself to do it. I CAN'T keep on holding my daughter's arm, while watching another person inflicting pain on her, and restraining my daughter for that particular person. I just can't. Plus I don't think that tech had any special experience with babies, it was a lab for everyone (many other practices in that building). So when he told me that all babies have to do it, I told him that Not MY baby, then I got up from the chair with my daughter and walked out of the lab.
So we didn't get any blood drawn from her vein yesterday. I know my ped will give me a huge lecture on it, next time I will see her.
Did anyone here refuse venipuncture for a young child, if you don't think that a child have health problems? Is a venipuncture really necessary, why can't they do a finger stick instead? Is it just me that thinks that it can be a traumatic experience for a child (by getting restrained by her own mother, while some stranger hurts her by poking her vein with a needle and there is a good chance that he will poke her few times if he can't find a vein right away)? Or is it just more traumatic for a parent than it is for a child?