My child has had a blood test this week. He is a bit auti ( or I think cretinised). He was horrible. He was so distressed following the blood test, very angry, frightened and distressed. Myself and a play therapist had to chase after him as he ended up running away from the hospital. It took 2 hours to calm him down. I gather that downs children and I suppose any child with a thyroid condition has to have lots of blood tests. I have read up about needle phobia. It was an interesting read apparently it is the only really dangerous phobia and almost impossible to get proper help with it. People have been know to drop dead at the sight of a needle, it can cause convulsions and more commonly people just faint.Doctor just tell people to get over it and I cannot find any proper treatment. The other problems itcauses is people with this phobia just will not accept medical help or go to doctor. The mortality rate is really high. I dont think my child is going to drop dead he does not seem to have the physilogical reactions to suggest that is a possibility but I do not want him at the bottom of a rugby scrum to have blood taken and am worried that if he does have a thyroid condition it will escalate to this either to get his blood or to medicate him in psychatric hospital due to trauma. Has anyone else had to deal with this?