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Typing Children


I have two sons, a 3-month-old and a 3-year-old and I would like to get them started on the right track with their diet before they get used to eating foods that are wrong for their blood type. My question is, is your blood type testing kit appropriate for small children and how is it done? I'm not a nurse and the idea of testing their blood myself makes me nervous.


Lots of people have typed their families with the home test. It is very easy to do on a child. Unlike an adult you don't stick them on the finger, you stick them on the fat pad at the bottom of the heel of their foot. There are less nerve endings their so it doesn't hurt much, plus they can't see what you are doing if they're on their stomachs!

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