Preparing for a blood test or vaccine: for parents and carers

This resource is aimed at parents and carers of children and young people who might be worried about having a blood test or vaccine. It also includes a resource for health professionals who might be working with a child who is having a blood test or vaccine. This resource was produced by the British Psychological Society with the support of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the School and Public Health Nurses Association.

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This is information, not advice. Please read our disclaimer.

Information for parents and carers

This resource is aimed at parents and carers of children and young people who might be having a blood test or vaccine and be worried or scared of the procedure. It includes useful information including:

  • What to say and what not to say
  • Planning for the appointment
  • Ways to take their mind off the procedure
  • Exercises to practice ahead of the procedure that will help them to stay relaxed

Information for professionals

This leaflet is intended to provide information for health professionals who are supporting parents or carers, children, or young people, for blood tests and vaccines. It provides information on:

  • Providing information ahead of an appointment
  • Making referrals
  • Tips for what to do at the start of, during and after the appointment

About this information

This information reflects the best available evidence at the time of writing. This mental health information for young people was written in 2022.

 

© March 2022 Royal College of Psychiatrists