Blood analysis is one of the most well-known diagnostic tests offered by doctor’s offices. Pediatrics of Long Island is no different; our experienced pediatricians use blood analysis to diagnose and treat children with a wide range of conditions. While blood analysis is not a comfortable procedure, it is minimally invasive and can yield extremely helpful results for your child’s pediatrician to determine a course of treatment. Blood analyses can also help monitor children with certain conditions.
What does a routine blood test check for?
There are three types of blood analysis test; biochemical analysis, molecular profiles, and cellular evaluation. Biochemical analysis is the broadest and most frequently used method. Biochemical blood analysis allows your child’s pediatrician to screen for basic metabolic information including levels of magnesium, potassium, and other compounds in the blood. It can also be used to determine the levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol in the blood. For certain tests, including a glucose or lipid profile, your child may be required to fast for a certain period of time leading up to the test. A fast could encompass 8-12 hours, and some children may be required to abstain from liquids in addition to food. Your child’s pediatrician can offer further insight into the requirements for your child to undergo a blood analysis.
For most blood analysis tests, blood will be drawn from a vein in your child’s hand or arm. There are specific tests that may require blood be drawn from an artery. For tests that require only a very small amount of blood, a finger prick may be enough. No matter how the blood is taken from your child, our exceptional pediatricians understand how to keep your child as calm as possible during their procedure. The most common side effect of a blood draw is soreness, redness, or minor bruising at the site of the blood draw, though more serious side effects can sometimes occur. Your child’s pediatrician can address any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s blood draw procedure.
When should I get a blood test for my child?
A blood analysis may be required for your child if their doctor suspects they may be at risk for a number of conditions. Blood analysis can monitor thyroid function, liver health, blood clotting factors, kidney function, as well as provide insight into many other parts of your child’s body. At Pediatrics of Long Island, we are proud to offer a wide range of healthcare services to children of all ages. We know how important it is for parents to be able to provide their children with the highest quality pediatric care possible. That is why we offer comprehensive pediatric care of all types to families at 4 convenient locations in Long Island. No matter where you live, our pediatricians are available in Greater Brentwood, Lindenhurst and Patchogue, so we can provide you and your family with the high-quality diagnostic and treatment services they need and deserve to enjoy their healthiest, happiest life.
What locations in Long Island NY can my child be seen for blood draw testing?
No matter what your child’s health concerns are, our experienced pediatricians can provide them with the care they need to be healthy now and in the future. Your child’s blood draw will be conducted by an experienced medical provider who understands how to handle a child’s unique needs and soothe their anxiety. If your child requires a blood analysis for diagnostic purposes, we can provide that for you onsite at all 3 of our locations: