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If your doctor requests your child receive a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) test, it might help to let your child know what to expect. Give honest and simple information to help them understand and lessen their stress.
To help you and your child better prepare, the Child Life specialists at Cook Children's have put together some helpful tips.
Give a simple explanation about the coronavirus. You can say something like, "Most kids do not have the virus. But if you do have the virus, the doctors and nurses will know what to do and wear to keep you as safe and healthy as possible."
Tell your child they will see people wearing blue or yellow gowns, along with gloves, masks, hats, goggles and clear face shields. These clothes will help keep everyone clean and safe. For younger kids, you can compare these outfits to storm troopers or even minions!
Tell your child, "They will rub the inside of the back of your nose and/or throat with a long skinny cotton swab." Be honest by telling your child that it will feel uncomfortable, but reassure them that the test is very quick. Explain that their eyes may water and they may feel the need to sneeze or cough.
Whether the test is being done in an exam room or in the car, we encourage you to provide "comfort positioning" and/or hold your child’s hands. This will give your child a sense of safety and help remind them to not move their head or reach for the swab during the test.
Here are some tips and tricks to help your child during the test:
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