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Couldn't Get Blood Sample! Now What?

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 I have posted previously about my 17 month old girl's symptoms...here is the link : https://www.celiac.com/forums/topic/111089-mom-t1-diabetic-toddler-has-celiac/?p=941919

 

Well yesterday, I took her to get her blood drawn to test for celiac disease. She was bloated and irritable and very very very upset after 3 nurses tried to get a vein. She has chubby arms and little veins and we left with no blood to test. 

 

So they doctor said the next step is to get her in with the G.I. and to keep her on gluten. She has been off of dairy for a while, but she also suggested cutting out fruit in the meantime because the fructose can be hard to digest. Has anyone else been told to do this before? 

 

My husband is very concerned about what they will do at the GI. (I'm concerned too...but I am at the point where I want to get the tests over with so we can start the next step). I guess they may start with a scan of her belly? She seems so little to be put under for an endoscopy. Would they try to draw her blood when she is under? Has anyone been down this road before when they could not draw blood?

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Some suggestions, not all may apply -

Go to the blood draw clinic at a children's hospital and let someone with a lot of experience do it

Have someone other than Mom go into the blood draw room with her ( if you are getting anxious it's not helpful.)

If they decide to do an endo, they may be able to draw the blood at that time, while asleep. However, depending on where they do it, they may not have that capacity

Take the blood from another location besides the arm

As I look back and see the age of the child - mom and dad should leave the building and let them get a blood sample. At that age they may need to restrain the child. Remember, it's natural and good that a 17 month old screams or cries during a blood draw. The scary ones are the ones I have seen that don't - either because they are very very sick or have an illness that requires many blood draws.


 

 

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And make sure she is completely hydrated....


Non-functioning Gall bladder Removal Surgery 2005

Diagnosed via Blood Test and Endoscopy: March 2013

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis -- Stable 2014

Anemia -- Resolved

Fractures (vertebrae): June 2013

Osteopenia/osteoporosis -- June 2013

Allergies and Food Intolerances

Diabetes -- January 2014

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Kareng- 

 

Thank you for the tips! 

I held her down yesterday and talked to her while they checked her arms and hands for veins. I do pretty well with those situations. I'm not sure if the right thing to do would go to the children's hospital and try again for blood (this is not the first time they have not been able to hit a vein)... or just wait and see what the GI has to say. 

 

Thank you cyclinglady- yes she guzzles water and coconut milk like there's no tomorrow  :lol:

 

The waiting game is the hardest part. I have family members telling me to just cut out the gluten and see what happens. But at this stage in the game, I am keeping her on it and it will be medically documented if she tests positive for celiac disease. I want to make sure she gets tested for diabetes (I am diabetic) and anything else she needs regularly.

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I'm not an anxious mom, either. I worked for 5 years at a children's hospital- so I see the greater good of the blood draw. When my, now 22 yr old, son needed blood work before a procedure at 10 months, I gave him a sucker( tootsie pop I think). I told him he was going to get something special. He sat on my lap and I gave him the sucker and he was soooo pleased. He only looked at the lady with curiosity when she poked him. My nephew was 3 and I gave him a new spider man that came out of mom's purse in the blood draw chair. He cried a little but was too interested in the toy.

My thought is that they could get the blood somewhere besides an arm? I am skiing right now. I'll try to ask a phlebotomist tonight and get back to you


 

 

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My SIL, who draws blood for a living, said she would do it you live in the KC area! Otherwise, she said to go to a Children's hospital or a larger community hospital to get the blood drawn. She works for a large community hospital and they have to draw blood for babies quite often.


 

 

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So I am taking my daughter to the GI this coming Tuesday. All attempts to collect blood have been paused until then-- but luckily, the GI appointment is in the hospital, so if they are going to take blood, we can do it right there in the hospital. 

 

In the meantime, I've started my daughter on the probiotic powders for children (I just mix a packet with her coconut milk every morning). It seems to be helping a little with her gas and bloating. She still has it, but it seems less severe. Are probiotics something that is recommended for celiacs(diagnosed or undiagosed)? I can't see how it would harm her at this point-- if it eases her symptoms until i have some sort of diagnosis then it's a good thing, right? Would the probiotics would interfere with any testing they do?  

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It would not interfere with any celiac testing. It is just some "good" bacteria that will help populate her colon.


Non-functioning Gall bladder Removal Surgery 2005

Diagnosed via Blood Test and Endoscopy: March 2013

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis -- Stable 2014

Anemia -- Resolved

Fractures (vertebrae): June 2013

Osteopenia/osteoporosis -- June 2013

Allergies and Food Intolerances

Diabetes -- January 2014

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If you'll be in the hospital it is completely within your rights to request a PICU nurse do the blood draw.  They are used to smaller veins.


Angela

Undiagnosed, but I'm positive that I'm the genetic link to celiac for my kids.  Gluten Free in solidarity of my girls!

Kid 1 (9 y/o girl) - DX celiac via blood in 9/2013 (age 7.5).  Negative biopsy in 10/2013.

Kid 2 (5 y/o boy) - DX as "latent celiac" via blood in 9/2013 (age 3.5).  Negative biopsy in 10/2013.

Kid 3 (3 y/o girl) - DX celiac via blood in 8/2013 (age 1.5) and 9/2013. 

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