Pediatric Blood Glucose Questions and Answers
Night Lite Pediatrics has a laboratory onsite and can provide complex tests so we can easily identify and treat your child’s ailment. One of our tests is the blood glucose test for glucose levels and signs of diabetes. If your child needs or may need this test in Greater Orlando or beyond, we can provide it, and if you’d like to learn about it, contact our clinic! We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, Melbourne and Port St Lucie Florida areas.
What is a blood glucose test?
With a blood test, a sample of blood is checked for things like hemoglobin levels, white blood cell levels, or glucose levels in order to detect a certain health issue. The blood test can also help a doctor check how well an organ, like the liver, is working. A glucose test is a kind of blood test that checks for high or low levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a kind of sugar the body uses for energy.
The glucose test might be done during a routine checkup or if a child isn’t feeling well. If the test shows a low level of glucose, this is known as hypoglycemia, and a high glucose level is called hyperglycemia. The main concern with a high glucose level is that it may be indicative of diabetes.
What’s the procedure for a blood glucose test?
First, make sure you ask the professional you’ll be seeing about how to prepare for a blood glucose test. Your child may have to fast for eight to twelve hours before the tes. Also, tell the professional about any medications your child takes. There are other details you may want to be clear on too, like if you’ll be able to stay with your child during the procedure (you’ll likely be able to stay). You can ask the healthcare provider about what to expect, how to prepare, and how you can comfort your child prior to and during the procedure.
During the procedure itself, the professional may:
- Clean the site of injection
- Place an elastic band above the site
- Insert a needle into a vein
- Pull blood into a vial or syringe
- Remove the elastic band and needle
- Cover the site with a bandage or taped cotton
For a baby, the procedure is slightly different. After the professional has cleansed the site, the professional may prick the baby’s heel with a lancet or tiny needle, then collect a small sample.
With a glucose test, sometimes a fingerstick test is done instead. The professional may cleanse the site which is the child’s finger, then prick its tip with a lancet or tiny needle to collect the sample.
After the procedure, there may be minor bruising which typically goes away in a few days.
When do blood glucose test results become ready?
The sample is processed by a machine, and it can take a few min
utes or a day until the results are ready. If the results show signs of an issue, the doctor might order another test.
Where can I get a blood glucose test for my child?
Right here at Night Lite Pediatrics is where you can get the test for your child! Also, our clinic can provide a referral for treatment if necessary. Night Lite Pediatrics is a proud recipient of the Laboratory Excellence Award given by COLA, so our labs meet rigorous federal and state regulatory requirements, and our tests follow very strict guidelines. You may be able to wait here for your test results.
If you believe your child needs testing for glucose levels or even diabetes, connect with our clinic today or just come see us for an evaluation and, if necessary, the test. You can walk in and see us right away with no appointment needed. Our clinic has locations all throughout the Greater Orlando area and beyond, so please see our Locations page for the location near you, its address, and its contact number.
We look forward to your visit with us!