Update on son's 'fainting'

  1. We saw the family doctor tonight and(well diagnosed,Stargazer!),she says its "vasovagal" or "syncopy" attacks.

    She gave J. a real good exam,checked his reflexes and BP etc, listened to his heart(no murmur )and he's to have a set of blood tests tomorrow.All we need to do now is find the cause,if any,so he's been referred to a paediatrician.

    And no fainting since Monday.

    Will let you know how we get on.THANK YOU! every one for your support

    Now,does anyone have coping strategies for drawing blood from a 3 year old????!!!!!!!
    Last edit by ayemmeff on Dec 13, '02
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Stargazer
    Glad to hear he's doing better and gettting worked up, ayemmeff. Keep us posted!

    As far as the blood draw--sorry, can't help. I have a hard enough time keeping adults from crying and holding their breath when I draw blood!
  4. by   shygirl
    So sorry the little guy is having difficuties, hope everything is ok! Maybe he had low blood sugar?
    Shygirl
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    I have a hard enough time keeping adults from crying and holding their breath when I draw blood!
    THAT WAS YOU!

    Seriously.... glad to hear you're getting this figured out! Now give that cutie patootie some candy!

    Heather
  6. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    THAT WAS YOU!
    Yeah, well, you were such a baby about it! I even used a butterfly needle, just to be nice!
  7. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Yeah, but I didn't get a sucker or a sticker or anything.

    Heather
  8. by   Stargazer
    Oops! :imbar
  9. by   vashka25
    EMLA cream !!!!! Heck I don't just use it on paeds pt's I use it on the adults too! (Makes my life easier as I am just learning how to start IV's and draw blood)

    I hope all turns out well for your little man!

    ~Dawn~
  10. by   dianah
    (insert frowning face) EMLA cream not in our hospital's formulary. Boo Hoo. 'course we're not here for the patients or anything . . . NahHHHHHHHH! -- D
  11. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Hope your kiddo is doing better. Glad they are looking into the cause of the syncope! Is that normal in kids?

    As for the blood drawing, I'm not sure of anything to make it better for him.... when mine was 5 I just talked to him a lot and told him it was just like a little pinch, then pinched his arm where they were gonna draw at....then bribed him with ice cream... he was very brave!!!
  12. by   nurs4kids
    I DESPISE the word EMLA!!!! You place the cream..wait 30+ mins..and then the dang vein you saw when you placed it is gone. Also, my experience with small kids is that it's as much psychological fear as it is pain (they STILL freak and cry with EMLA).

    Can't offer any coping strategies, though..I cried worse than my daughter when they attempted to place an IV in her when she was 1. A few months ago, my two year old son had to have a labs drawn. They stuck him nine times to get it (still kicking myself for being nice and being "nurse" instead of "mommy" and ALLOWING this..it's hard when you work there, yanno).

    Are you talking "coping for Mom" or "coping for child"? For mom, I just try to focus on the task at hand..look at my child as a patient, not as my baby who is being used as a pin cushion (not sure i'd recommend this strategy). For child..they're resilient..as soon as it's over, they forget.

    Glad to hear everything's okay!
  13. by   MPHkatie
    Hey Heres a tip for the blood draw, you need of course to find a person who will go along with you on this. Sit you child on your lap facing you, you can give him a big big hug, and have another nursing person to make sure he doesn't kick the blood drawer and also to steady the shoulder. SOmetimes I need 2 extras, then pull one arm away and stick. I didn't believe this would work, but I've used it about 6 times this week, with really good success, still crying and such, because even with EMLA kids still holler if they aren't used to blood draws...but the kids held stiller than when I have held them down on a table, and it worked well....
  14. by   TeresaRN2b
    Originally posted by ayemmeff

    Now,does anyone have coping strategies for drawing blood from a 3 year old????!!!!!!!
    Yep, about 3 strong men. That's all I can think of. You'd be amazed how strong those little ones are when someone comes at them with a needle.

    Teresa

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