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#1 alfoil hat

Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:30 PM

I took DD to have blood collected today so she could be tested for coeliacs. That was two hours ago and she’s literally been crying the whole two hours since then, except when she had a chocolate as a reward. I’ve put the tv on now and that’s calmed her a bit but she’s saying her arm really hurts and there’s a bump. Is that normal for this age group? Two hours seems excessive. My gut feeling is that she’s ok but I guess I just don’t want to be irresponsible. Thank you.

#2 Riotproof

Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:35 PM

Does she have a bruise? I’d give her some Panadol and see if that settles her down a bit. I don’t think she’d just be carrying on for two hours if it didn’t really hurt.

#3 Crooked Frame

Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:38 PM

Maybe give her a little ice pack to put on the sore spot? Poor darling, that must have been rough for both of you.

#4 born.a.girl

Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:39 PM

I've had a gazillion blood tests in my time and most I barely feel at the time. The second last, left a bruise the size of a lemon, and it was painful for nearly a week.

The person missed the vein and just kept fishing around for it.  I did report to my GP that her hands were shaking a bit and I was surprised she was still doing the job.  I'll be walking out if she's ever the pathology person there again.

So ... I'd say if it hurt at the time, it's possible, but it's just time that will fix it.  I would find it surprising if it was painless at the time to have this reaction.

#5 alfoil hat

Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:40 PM

Thanks RP. I’ve given her Panadol, just waiting for it to kick in. Sorry if I wasn’t clear, I definitely believe it hurts a lot, I’m just wondering if I need to take her to the doctor or anything?

#6 alfoil hat

Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:41 PM

Thanks all. I’ll keep a close eye on her. It definitely hurt while it was taken too :(

#7 seayork2002

Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:44 PM

I have heard it hurts more when the patient is tense. I have had lots over the years sometimes it hurts most of the time not I force myself to relax as it is easier.

But yes sometimes my arm has hurt for a while afterwards

#8 Riotproof

Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:54 PM

 alfoil hat, on 12 July 2019 - 12:40 PM, said:

Thanks RP. I’ve given her Panadol, just waiting for it to kick in. Sorry if I wasn’t clear, I definitely believe it hurts a lot, I’m just wondering if I need to take her to the doctor or anything?

I wouldn’t think so. Try the ice pack and distracting. Do you have a gp you can call to ask what they think?

Also, if it does come up in a bruise hirudoid cream is absolutely amazing for healing bruises.

#9 born.a.girl

Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:12 PM

 alfoil hat, on 12 July 2019 - 12:41 PM, said:

Thanks all. I’ll keep a close eye on her. It definitely hurt while it was taken too Posted Image

Good chance the vein was missed for a start then, that's always what it is with me.

Last one was virtually painless, and zero pain afterwards.

As I mentioned one before that hurt like blazes and a huge bruise (biggest I've ever had).

Icepad and bribes I think for today.

Personally I wouldn't contact anyone unless it was worse tomorrow.

#10 alfoil hat

Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:18 PM

Thank you. I’ve finally convinced her to lie down and she’s stopped crying these last few minutes. Fingers crossed she sleeps this off

#11 Grrrumbles

Posted 12 July 2019 - 01:19 PM

An experienced pharmacist could advise whether pain relief or icing would help. But if distraction is not helping then I agree with others that the pain must be significant to her. You could ring the Nurse helpline for advice or even the pathology at your closest Children’s Hospital, if this is normal they can advise how long it might last.

#12 alfoil hat

Posted 12 July 2019 - 04:54 PM

Thanks all. She ended up falling asleep (doesn’t usually nap) and has woken up ok. Less of a lump and not sad anymore. Thanks for the quick responses.

#13 boysescakes

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:39 PM

I’m a phlebotomist. Needles can hurt for a number of reasons. I find children can be incredibly tense (which is totally understandable), and this can make this that little more difficult and hard on the child. They also have usually really tiny veins, and just the size of the needle (even the smallest ones) can be traumatic on the vein.
I’d say the lump could be a result of not holding the cotton bud down long enough or hard enough after the needle was taken out. Something as simple as that can cause bruising.
We recommend ice on the wound and giving paracetamol is a good idea.
She may bruise in days to come, but it should clear up quickly.
I hope she isn’t to traumatised from the experience and it won’t scare her from future blood tests 😊

#14 alfoil hat

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:54 PM

She was definitely tense. Terrified :( it wasn’t her first blood test. Thanks for the explanation. I must admit I was confused about the bump because I’d not seen that before but I’m glad to know it’s all normal. Thank you!

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