Ask your doctor for a rx for Emla cream (a cream you put on an hour before to numb the area). My 9 year old had quite a bit of needle anxiety and the Emla cream has been a miracle for us. I don't know if it is just psychological or if it really is that good, but she is no longer fearful of her regular blood draws.
She did have one instance early on when her anxiety was quite high - she had her blood drawn and had been quite nervous about it, but it went okay. When we got home and settled in the lab called back and said they had messed the test up and we needed to come back in so they could take more blood. That was the one and only temper tantrum this child had EVER had (she was also on prednisone at the time so I'm sure that contributed). Thankfully the lab lady was really sweet to her and gave my daughter free movie passes as an "I'm sorry" gift.
There was one lady that worked at the lab that liked my daughter so much (and my daughter felt safe with her) that she gave my daughter her cell phone number and said she would come in any time we needed her to for blood draws, even if it was her day off!! Unfortunately she has moved to another state.
Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, Cortafoam, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min
Daughter 9 UC dx 08/07 Colazal, 6MP, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle