Lab testing can be nerve-wracking enough for adults, let alone children. Used to sample blood, urine, other bodily fluids or tissue, lab tests are an excellent way to make sure you or your child is in the best health and that there are no underlying health concerns. While it’s easy to see why lab work is needed, it can be difficult for children to understand. By educating yourself and your child on lab services, it may ease the unknown the next time lab work is recommended for either of you.

When are they needed?

Laboratory tests are most commonly ordered to determine if there are any health conditions that can be proactively diagnosed or any changes in you or your child’s health. If you or your child already suffer from a disease, lab tests can be the best way to come up with a treatment plan and to monitor the disease over time.

How are they analyzed?

The time between when the test is done and when the results are given can be excruciating. It may be helpful to know what is being done while you wait. Once the sample is collected, the doctor’s office will send it to a lab where they will check to see what reactions the sample has to different substances. In some instances, the sample will be compared to you or your child’s previous tests to see if there are any changes.

What factors can affect results?

It’s important to note that there are some factors that can affect the results of lab work. Gender, age, race, medical history, diet, overall health and whether or not preparatory instructions are followed are all factors that may have an effect on the results of lab services. It’s best to be straightforward with you or your child’s doctor so he or she knows what should be factored in. It’s also important to follow prep instructions as closely as possible.

If your child is in need of lab services, consider taking him or her to Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. Our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. Be sure to check in online to wait wherever you are!

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.