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Lab Tests Specialist

Northeast Pediatric Associates PA

A Private Pediatric Practice located in Northeast San Antonio, TX, Northcentral San Antonio, TX, Schertz, TX & Castroville, TX

When your child is sick, a lab test can determine the root cause of their illness. At Northeast Pediatric Associates PA, the professional team provides lab tests to accurately diagnose your child so that they can treat them quickly and effectively. The practice maintains two offices in San Antonio and one each in Castroville and Schertz, Texas. To book an appointment for your child, call the office nearest you today or schedule your visit online.

Lab Tests Q & A

Does my child need lab tests?

Lab tests can indicate the true nature of your child’s illness. Symptoms usually don’t tell the whole story. The team at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA uses lab tests to diagnose illness and chronic disease.

Lab tests include:

  • Urine tests
  • Blood tests
  • Throat swabs
  • Nasal swabs

Your child might need more than one lab test to accurately diagnose their condition and determine the right treatment.

What kind of lab test does my child need?

Your child can be tested for symptomatic and asymptomatic conditions, including:

  • Flu
  • Diabetes
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • High cholesterol
  • Celiac disease
  • Lead poisoning
  • Thyroid issues
  • Hormone disorders
  • Allergies
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Genetic abnormalities

When you bring your child into the practice, your child’s provider does a thorough exam that includes learning their medical and family information.

The team also needs to know if your child has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. Even though your child might not have symptoms, providing a COVID-19 molecular test might be advised.

What are the benefits of lab tests?

Lab tests can rule out other illnesses and confirm your child’s condition. They’re designed to accurately diagnose, treat, and manage disease in people of all ages.

For example, your child might have a sore throat, but a lab test can determine if they have strep or something less severe.

Your child can also have more than one lab test at one appointment, which can be convenient if your child needs to be tested for other diagnoses.

How do I prepare my child for lab tests?

Here are some tips on how to help your child feel at ease before and during their lab tests:

  • Tell them what’s going to happen
  • Assure them that you can stay with them
  • Pretend-play the scenario when you’re at home
  • Teach them how to inhale and exhale slowly to remain calm
  • Offer them plenty of water before the lab tests
  • Let them pick a toy or a mechanical device to bring along as a distraction
  • Provide physical touch with your hand
  • Plan a reward after the tests are done

Your child’s age can determine the different ways you prepare them, but staying honest and reassuring them can lessen their fear.

Call the friendly staff today or book your appointment online to learn more about lab tests at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA.