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CBL:Ds has never had blood drawn. It's not standard here. What are they looking for?
Hemoglobin and lead levels...I believe it is routine but maybe it varies by pediatrician?
farrellashleigh:a routine blood draw for an infant??????? That is really bizaare, never heard of it (I'm a pediatric nurse)... obviously it must vary by state? What are they testing for? If it's just for hemoglobin that's a quick finger/heel stick, absolutely not necessary to do a blood draw! I can't imagine anything else they'd be looking for unless it was a special circumstance like genetic testing or something... weird
Yes, lead-testing is a requirement in some states.
My DD had a blood draw at 12 months, but it was to test for a hereditary condition she might have inherited from me (she didn't, after all). It was the most horrific thing I have EVER experienced. They ended up strapping her to a table with velcro, and I have never in my life seen a child that frightened and upset. It makes me sick to my stomach every time I think about it. It was by far the worst day of my life.
Don't do it if there is no reason to. My pediatrician does not do routine bloodwork.