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A chloride test measures the level of chloride in your child's blood.
Chloride is one of the most important electrolytes in the blood. It helps balance the amount of fluid inside and outside of the cells. It also helps maintain proper blood volume and blood pressure. And it helps keep the pH of your child's body fluids at a healthy level.
Most of the chloride in your child's body comes from the salt (sodium chloride) that your child eats.
A test for chloride may be done to:
You don't need to do anything before your child has this test.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Current as of: June 17, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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