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Explaining a Blood Draw to Your Child

Below is a social story that you can use with your child to help them to know what to expect during their visit to lab for a blood draw. Feel free to insert your child’s name into this story when reading with them.

My name is ______________.

Arrive to Children's Mercy's Adele Hall Campus for your blood draw.
I am going to Children’s Mercy to get a blood draw. I need a blood draw to check how healthy my body is.
This is what a blood draw room looks like at Children's Mercy.
I will go to a room that looks like this. I will sit in the blue chair. My job is to hold still while I am sitting in the blue chair.
A child wears a blue rubber band for her blood draw at Children's Mercy.
I will get a blue rubber band wrapped around my arm. This blue band will give my arm a squeeze.
A child sitting still while she gets a blood draw at Children's Mercy.
I will keep holding still while they look at my arm. I can watch tv or look at book.
A child 's skin is cleaned for blood draw at Children's Mercy.
They will clean my skin with a small cloth. This will not hurt me. It will feel cold and wet.
A child gets a blood draw at Children's Mercy.
Someone might hold my arm to help me keep it still. I will feel a pinch or a poke. My blood will go into a tube. I have lots of blood in my body and my body makes new blood after any is taken.
A child receives a band-aid after a blood draw at Children's Mercy.
I will get a band aid after they are done getting some blood. I am done. I can leave the room.