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This blood test measures the amount of vitamin B12 in your child's blood. The body needs this vitamin to make blood cells and to keep the nervous system healthy.
This test is used to:
In general, you don't need to prepare for your child's test. But it’s important to let your child’s doctor know if they take any medicines, including vitamins and natural health products. Some medicines may affect the test results. Your child’s doctor will let you know if they need to stop taking any medicines before they have the test.
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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Adaptation Date: 5/6/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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