Laboratory testing is an essential part of your child’s health care. Lab tests help diagnose health conditions and monitor how well treatments are working. If your child is sick, a lab test could identify what’s causing their symptoms. The pediatric team at Pediatrics of Southwest Houston provides comprehensive lab testing and services for children of all ages at their office in Houston, Texas. Schedule an appointment online, or call the office.
Laboratory testing is an important step in diagnosing many common health issues. Lab tests involve taking a small sample from your body and examining it closely in a laboratory setting. At Pediatrics of Southwest Houston, the team offers a range of lab services, including blood draws and tissue samples.
Some lab tests are rapid, which means you can get the results in just a few minutes. In other cases, the sample may be sent to an off-site lab, and results can take several days. The team contacts you when the results are in and informs you about the next steps.
The pediatric team might recommend lab testing if your child comes in for a sick visit or if the team identifies potential health concerns in your child’s routine wellness check.
Your child may benefit from an influenza test or strep throat test if they have symptoms like:
A complete blood count lab test may be ordered if your child isn’t feeling well because it can help identify an iron deficiency, infection, and other conditions. Other lab tests are recommended at specific intervals as your child grows.
For example, your infant may need a blood test to check for rare disorders at their two-week checkup. Other screenings, like cholesterol and metabolic panels, can be beneficial for adolescents and teens.
Preparing your child for a lab test that requires a blood sample can be intimidating, but you can start by preparing yourself. Ask your pediatrician what lab tests need to be done and what to expect during the blood draw.
Before the blood draw, talk to your child about what’s going to happen. Don’t tell them that it won’t hurt, but do tell them it will be quick, and you’ll be there with them. Consider scheduling the appointment when your child is less likely to be tired, hungry, or cranky.
At Pediatrics of Southwest Houston, the team strives to make children and their parents feel comfortable. They give you time to calm your child before and after the blood draw if needed. In many cases, blood samples are taken at the end of the appointment, so you can go home shortly afterward.
Find comprehensive laboratory testing services at Pediatrics of Southwest Houston. Call the office, or book an appointment online.
*We accept medicaid. Pediatricians are affiliated with Memorial Hermann.