Covid has been around for some time now and nearly everyone is aware of when to test for this virus and how to handle the situation. With adults, it may come easier, but with children, it can get a little hairy. You aren't sure if it's just a cold, the flu or some other illness, or possibly even covid. It can be difficult to tell in children, especially when they are younger, and do not convey their symptoms as an older child or adult can. If you aren't sure when to test your child for covid, or what signs to watch out for in your child, read on for helpful information you may be able to use as a guide.
How Should You Have Your Child Tested?
It's a good rule of thumb these days that if you have any doubts at all, you should just test. There are at-home testing kits on the market that are readily available to use to test your child. It may feel like you're doing a science experiment on your child, or that you work in a lab, but it's worth the effort to get some answers and not have to wait for an appointment. The at-home testing kits are easy to use with step-by-step instructions on using them. If you don't have a kit or you prefer not to use one at home, you can make an appointment with their pediatrician, or at a local medical care facility that offers testing. You may need an appointment, or some may accept walk-ins. Be sure you keep a mask on your child if you suspect they do have covid.
What Symptoms Should You Watch For?
There is a multitude of symptoms to keep an eye out for, and with every variant, these symptoms seem to change, or some may appear more often than others. In the beginning, the loss of your taste or smell went away, and there were some aches and pains. With new variants, these symptoms have changed a little. Your child may feel achy, have a mild fever and a cough or congestion, and headache. If you have seen any of these signs, or they just appear ill and not well, it's just a good rule of thumb to have them tested.
If your child is not feeling well, it's best to allow them to stay home from school until they do feel better and to have them tested just to see if it's covid or some other illness. Be sure your child wears a mask and keep them home until they are feeling better to prevent spreading the illness to others. Consult your child's pediatrician about your child's symptoms and what steps you should take for child covid testing and for treatment.
My name is Shawna Banks and this is a blog that focuses on health issues that affect women. I became interested in women's health when my sister began having medical problems. After her condition worsened, she went to see a doctor. After her diagnosis and successful treatment, I helped her research the different kinds of health conditions that are common in women. By becoming knowledgeable about these types of problems, we can keep ourselves healthier. I hope that when you read this blog, it will help you to identify symptoms that shouldn't be ignored. If necessary, you can schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.