Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

What to Expect

Please bring the following information with you to your child's visit:

  • Lab test request from your child's doctor, if it was not already sent to Seattle Children's
  • Name and phone number of the doctor who referred your child to Seattle Children's
  • Insurance cards and medical coupons
  • Referrals or authorizations from your child's doctor, if you have them

Tips on preparing your child for a lab test:

  • Feel free to ask questions before, during and after your child's test.
  • Tell your child what will happen. Use short, simple words that your child knows. Be honest about what will happen and what may hurt.
  • Stay calm for your child. If you act scared, your child will likely do the same.
  • Bring quiet toys or activities from home. Use them to distract your child during the procedure. Good choices include bubbles, a puppet, a special stuffed animal or a personal music player. Another idea for young kids is to sing a song during your child's test.
  • If you have questions about other ways to help your child cope, call our child life specialists at 206-987-2037.
  • See the Resources page for tips on preparing for specific tests.
  • For information on visiting Children's clinics, please see Your Child's Clinic Visit.


Blood Draw Prep Book

From check-in to discharge, follow the colorful photo story of a blood draw here at Seattle Children's lab. Written by Child Life specialists, this helpful booklet can lessen worry and spark conversation.