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A sodium test checks for how much sodium is in the blood. Sodium helps the body keep the right mix of water and minerals.
A sodium blood test is done to:
In general, you don't need to do anything to prepare for your child's test. Your doctor may give you some specific instructions.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
The test will take a few minutes.
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 call line 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: December 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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