Does Your Child Really Need A COVID-19 Test? FAQs Parents Need Answers To

Does your child have the sniffles and a sore throat? This probably isn't the first time your child has had nasal and upper respiratory symptoms. While you would have rushed to get them a COVID-19 test one or two years ago, you might not be sure if they still need a swab now. Before you skip a test for COVID-19, take a look at what parents need to know about the virus testing and staying safe during the fall and winter months.

Does A Child Need To Have A Fever To Get A COVID-19 Test?

In the first days, weeks, and even months of the pandemic, fever was a primary COVID-19 sign that many parents looked for in their children. Even though fever was once a solid symptom of COVID-19, it no longer carries as much diagnostic weight. 

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, some people who test positive for COVID-19 may only experience a low-grade fever or may not have a fever. If your child has other COVID-19 symptoms but doesn't have a fever, they will still need a test to confirm or rule out an infection.

What Other Symptoms Can COVID-19 Cause?

Whether your child has a fever or not, they may still have other COVID-19 symptoms. Even though these symptoms are similar to the signs of a cold, allergies, or the flu, you should never assume that your child doesn't have COVID-19. The only way to diagnose this illness (or rule it out) is with a COVID-19 test. 

Common COVID-19 symptoms your child may have include a runny or stuffy nose (nasal congestion), a cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, GI issues, a headache, or a sore throat. Your child could have one, a few, or even all of these symptoms. 

Are COVID-19 Symptoms Always Severe?

More specifically, should you wait until your child has what seems like more extreme or serious symptoms before you schedule a COVID-19 test? Like fever, severe symptoms may or may not accompany a COVID-19 infection. Some children have no symptoms, others have mild symptoms (such as the sniffles or a scratchy throat), and others have more noticeable or serious symptoms of this illness. 

The potential for different levels of symptom severity makes it necessary to test a child with any sign of COVID-19—especially if they go to daycare, school, or after-school activities. A test for COVID-19 can help you to stop the spread of the disease. 

Contact your doctor for more information about COVID-19 tests

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While my parents took care to keep my home sanitary, feel my family nutritious meals, and encourage us all to get some healthy exercise outdoors, I always felt like I had "bad health luck." During my childhood, it felt like I was always coming down with one illness after another, and while thankfully, there were great treatments for most of them, I was envious of other children who seemed to never get sick. During my teenage years, my health improved, but as an adult, it seems like my "bad health luck" has returned. However, I try to find a "silver lining" in everything and, for me, that was the inspiration to learn a lot about diseases, disorders, and other health problems. To help others suffering from health problems, I decided to share the health knowledge I have accumulated over the years on a blog!