Did you all take your kids for a blood test to figure out Vitamin D levels?

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Registered: 03-08-2000
Did you all take your kids for a blood test to figure out Vitamin D levels?
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Sat, 10-08-2011 - 12:53pm

Our pediatrician says this is a new requirement and wants my 2 kids to take the blood test. Now DD13 hates fasting and DS8 is terrified of shots and has already started crying etc.

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Registered: 12-06-1999

My two 16 and 13 have never had the test, the 16 yr old just had a physical and no mention was made of a vitamin D test.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

I'm not familiar with this test, and our pedi didn't mention it at their checkups in August. How long do they have to fast? I'm no good at fasting either, but when I have to do it, I ask for an early morning appt. That way, if it's just an overnight fast, it would mean delaying breakfast.

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Registered: 03-08-2000
Overnight fasting. So I would have to take them for a 7 am aptment.
Chimi
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I can also yell at them them and get the test done. I am wondering if this test is critical? I will call up the pedi. and ask them again.
Chimi
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Registered: 12-06-1999

No yelling needed ;-) just firmly, explain what is required of them and move on.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
I would definitely check and find out exactly what new requirement it's for, especially if they didn't explain why. We haven't done it, nor have I heard of it. Jordyn did get bloodwork done in march because of a concern I had and she needs to go back again soon to have them retest to see how her levels differ. And they did check vitamin D as part of the testing, but it wasn't anything they asked to do originally, it was at my request.
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Our pediatrician does a vitamin d test as part of regular blood work. I didn't even know it was included and no fasting was required. I have had my vitamin d levels checked was well and was never asked to fast. Since there are few if any side affects from a blood test under normal circumstances and the blood tests were being done anyway, I didn't have a problem with the fact that I was unaware that it was being done. There are is no real violation of privacy involved as might be the case in an AIDS test.

There are so many unhealthy things associated with vitamin d deficiency that I would simply not give my child a choice and provide a little meaningful time together afterwards (a quick breakfast out, a favorite treat, an extra few minutes before returning to school, etc.). My kids both HATE needles but can suck it up and deal when asked to.

Good luck. Hope it all goes smoothly in the end.
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Thank you all. I will double-check with the Dr. if fasting is really necessary and like one poster said, take DS8 for a treat afterwards. Thanks again,
Chimi
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My son was checked back in May but like a few others we had a health concern and we needed to cover all the bases and it was part of his work up.

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Our family practice doctor has never recommended this, but my oncologist told me that most adults are deficient and he tested me and I'm supposed to supplement. Does your doctor have any reason to believe that your kids have a deficiency? If so, I'd get them tested whether they like needles, fasting or whatever.

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