Cholesterol and Triglycerides Tests: About Your Child's Tests

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Cholesterol and triglycerides tests measure the amount of fats in your child's blood. This includes "good" (HDL) and "bad" (LDL) cholesterol.

Why are these tests done?

These tests are done to find out if the amount of fats in your child's blood is high.

How can you prepare for these tests?

  • Your doctor may want your child to fast before the tests. If so, do not give your child anything to eat or drink except water for 9 to 12 hours before the tests. In most cases, your child will be allowed to take medicines with water on the morning of the tests.
  • Do not give your child high-fat foods the night before the tests.
  • Keep your child from doing hard exercise the night before the tests.
  • Be sure to tell your doctor about all the over-the-counter and prescription medicines your child takes. And be sure to tell the doctor about any natural health products your child takes. There are many medicines and natural health products that can affect the results of these tests.

What happens during these tests?

A health professional takes a sample of your child's blood.

What else should you know about these tests?

Below are general guidelines. They are for children between the ages of 2 and 19. Talk to your doctor about your child's target levels. They may vary depending on your child's age, gender, health, and risk for certain health problems. Your child's doctor may recommend the following levels:

  • Total cholesterol: Lower than 4.4 mmol/L
  • LDL cholesterol: Lower than 2.8 mmol/L
  • HDL cholesterol: Higher than 1.0 mmol/L
  • Triglycerides: Lower than 1.5 mmol/L

Where can you learn more?

Go to http://www.healthwise.net/ed

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Current as of: January 27, 2016