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October 29, 2020 Thursday 01:03:46 PM IST

Preparing your child for a COVID-19 test

Parent Interventions

Hyunbo Holly Kim, MD, and Danita L. Tucker-Powell, MD, of Children's National Hospital, Washington D.C., shares tips to prepare your child for Covid-19 test.

1. Explain what COVID-19 is. Make sure your child has a basic understanding of what COVID-19 is and why they need to be tested.

2. Explain what your child will see at the testing site. Make sure your child understands that the person doing the test will be wearing full personal protective equipment, including a gown, gloves, mask and a face shield, so they’re not surprised or frightened when they go in for testing.

3. Explain the testing process. Make sure your child realizes that both the nasopharyngeal and saliva tests are fast, painless procedures. Use the above information on the tests to describe the testing process to them beforehand. Be honest and tell your child that they may feel uncomfortable, but the test will be over very quickly.

4. Practice the testing process. Younger kids may benefit from role-playing the coronavirus test at home with a stuffed animal or doll. Give them a Q-tip and pretend to put it in the doll’s nose. It’s also important to remain as still as possible for the nasopharyngeal test, so practice sitting like a statue at home, or sitting in your lap while you hug them and tilt their head back. If you know your child will be getting a saliva test, give them a little container to practice spitting in.

5. Comfort your child during the test. It’s important that your child feels secure during the test, so be sure to sit beside them and hold their hand. You can also bring a light up toy or a tablet or phone to help distract them.

6. Make plans for a special reward after the test. To give your child something to look forward to after the test, talk about a special reward like a small toy, candy or extra screen time.

(Content Courtesy: https://riseandshine.childrensnational.org/how-to-prepare-your-child-for-a-covid-19-test/)