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Blood Donation: Dos and Don’ts

My Doctor Finder
July 11, 2016

There are different ways on how to share or give whatever we have. From all the material things, to organs of the body to blood donations – there are a lot of variations on what to give, share or donate. Donating blood is a big help because it can literally mean so much to the person you're donating it for. Below is a list of the do’s and don’ts you need to remember before donating your blood.

DO’S

  • Eat a light meal before donating your blood. Eat food high in iron especially a few hours before the donation. Ensure your iron count is high which can be found in whole grain, red meat, eggs and leafy vegetables. Vitamin C can also be a big help because it increases iron absorption.
  • Have a light hearted conversation with the person administering your blood donation. In this way, this can help release the tension you're feeling especially when it's your first time or if you're afraid of the needle.
  • During the procedure, try pinching yourself while the needle is going on. Have something to chew, like a gum. Think of other things specifically of the good moments you've had.
  • Have a snack after the process. Be sure to eat sugary snacks to help you get your blood sugar back up to a normal level.
  • Make sure your next meal is high in protein, include eating fruits and vegetables and of course, drink lots of water to keep you hydrated. When you eat the food mentioned, it will help your body create a new blood.
  • Don't move too much. Rests as much as possible because you’re trying to recover from the process you’ve done.

DON’TS

  • Don't donate if you weigh less than 110 pounds and or if you're younger than 17 years of age.
  • Don't eat food that contain lots of fats. The fat you get in eating fast food can actually affect or interfere with the blood screening done after the donation.
  • Don't consume caffeinated drinks before the blood donation process.
  • Don't donate some blood when you have an empty stomach. And also, don't eat too close to the donation time, for this may result to an upset stomach.
  • The body still feels weak afterwards, so don't drive or move too much for you might faint.

 

Reference:

Reynolds, T. (2008, May). The Do's and Don'ts of Blood Donation. Quality Health. Retrieved from https://www.qualityhealth.com/health-lifestyle-articles/dos-donts-blood-donation.