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Here are some good tips to get blood flowing:
- Make sure you’re well-hydrated
- Make sure your hands (or feet, for heel/toe pricks) are warm – rub them together, run them under warm water
- Get blood moving: do jumping jacks, windmill your arms
- For younger children, make sure they are secure in a high chair, lap, or other location so you can focus on the blood spot
- Make sure the finger or toe you’re working with is below heart level so blood flows more readily
- To encourage blood flow, massage the hand or foot, but don’t squeeze/pinch close to the spot you’ve poked
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