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Should I Test My Child for COVID-19?

On average, school-aged children get five to six colds a year; younger children get seven to eight colds a year. So, how do you know if your child has a common cold or COVID-19? It’s essential to know the most common symptoms of COVID-19 and monitor your child closely.

Fortunately, children who develop COVID-19 usually experience mild symptoms. However, they can still pass the virus on to others, so it may be important for them to get tested. To help you decide if and when to get your child tested, our expert medical team at Liberty Pediatrics has put together the following information.

Signs you should test your child for COVID-19

The guidelines for whether you should get tested for COVID-19 are the same for both children and adults. If your child feels sick with symptoms of a very runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, or body aches, you should schedule a COVID-19 test.

Additionally, if your child has come into contact with anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for the virus, or if you have traveled within or outside the US to an area with a surge in cases of COVID-19, you should get tested.

If your child is immunocompromised or has underlying medical conditions such as asthma or heart conditions, speak to their doctor about if and when they should get tested, with or without symptoms.

Finally, if you’re still unsure about whether your child should be tested, call Liberty Pediatrics for advice from our experts. Or, you can simply make an appointment for a test. You know your child best. 

What to know about the COVID-19 test

As of now, children are tested the same way adults are. A long Q-tip swab is inserted into your child’s nostril to collect a specimen of nasal secretion.

You should get your test results back within a couple of days. Even with a negative result, you and your family should still take precautions, because a negative test does not rule out the virus. Wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands frequently. Also, if your child develops new symptoms, continues to have symptoms, or their symptoms worsen, they should get retested.

A positive result means that your child is most likely infected with the virus and should quarantine, which would include sleeping in a separate bedroom from other family members. Share your test result with your pediatrician for further advice. 

Contact us today

Make an appointment with Liberty Pediatrics to discuss your child’s symptoms and get advice on whether a COVID-19 test is necessary.

COVID-19 testing is available at Liberty Pediatrics’ Ross Bridge Medical Center clinic located in Hoover, Alabama. (Please note: You must make an appointment. Walk-ins are not accepted.)

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