Older Child Terrified of Blood/Needles - page 2

I have a 13-year old son who goes into a complete panic attack if a doctor or nurse tries to draw blood from him. Background: when he was about 8 years old, the doctor suspected a thyroid problem... Read More

  1. by   MollyJ
    I like the ideas about desensitization and EMLA.

    Your thirteen year old is not so far away from his 15 year old tetanus booster (unless he had one since age 10) so to have some plan in mind wouldn't be bad.

    How does he do at the dentist? What helps him at the dentist? Music? Distraction? Help him to build on a situation in which he has been successful with dealing with his anxiety in a health care setting.

    OFTEN 13 year old's have great veins. Maybe you could put a tourniquet on him (with NO NEEDLES around) and let him feel his own vein and reassure him that he has an easy vein to find.

    I remember a teen who was throwing a huge fit about getting a tetanus booster and this little, older teeny (tall as she was wide) peds office nurse just had him put his arms around her and give her a hug, while we would give him the shot--and then he let us give him the shot. He had to bend down to give her the hug, but it became an atraumatic shot and that was wonderful
  2. by   amblessing
    He's great at the dentist. He's fine with shots and immunizations. The kid even gets allergy shots twice a week! It's just the thought and the actual procedure of a bodily fluid (blood) leaving his body! It doesn't matter if it's two tubes or two drops - he's on the floor!
  3. by   KRVRN
    Did he have a traumatic experience where he got injured and bled a lot? Maybe that's why he fears the sight of blood?
  4. by   amblessing
    Originally posted by KRVRN
    Did he have a traumatic experience where he got injured and bled a lot? Maybe that's why he fears the sight of blood?
    Nope, he just doesn't like the sight of it. He once cut his finger at a friends house and it bled alot -- the mom called for me to come pick him up because she said he was "white as a ghost". Just really freaks him out. Guess he'll never be a surgeon:chuckle
  5. by   researchrabbit
    Ann, you just never know! When I was a kid, I was afraid of blood, horrible smells would make me throw up, and now I'm a nurse! (it only took me till I was 40)

    It's probably why I have so much patience with my own needle-phobe...I was there!
  6. by   dianah
    EMLA not in our formulary, unfortunately. Have asked about it numerous times. . . some folks just don't get it.

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