For many children and young people living with chronic conditions blood tests and injections can be a regular occurrence. It can also be a source of anxiety and stress. If you are someone who finds it stressful then don't worry, you are not alone. Olivia has been having  blood tests and injections for over 13 years and these are her five tips for making it okay.

Olivia's 5 Tips

  1. You can bring your parent/ guardian for support if you want.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for emla cream (magic cream) or cold spray before your injections/bloods to numb the area
  3. Take something with you to distract you e.g. books, stuffed toy, iPad, fidget toys .
  1. You're never too old for a sticker don't be afraid to ask for one! Don't forget you have been brave so you deserve one .
  2. It's okay to ask questions about anything remember it's your body. For example, asking "why do I have to get injections and bloods?"
There are also lots of resources on the Teapot Trust website to help you relax before and after. Click here to find all our relaxation exercises and click here to see Ally using the squiggle game in a waiting room as a way to relax. 
How to you manage stress around injections and blood tests? Get in touch and let us know.