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Momma2015
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At what point would you take your child to get a Covid test?

My 1.5 y/o DS developed a high fever this afternoon. Aside from not really having an appetite, he’s been himself- playing, laughing, running. He has zero other symptoms. He is not in daycare but he has been to the doctors office for his 1.5 year check up last Thursday and has been to the park- with no other children around. Because of his age he doesn’t wear a mask, but I really try not to let him touch anything- I held him the entire time at the doctors office and sanitized his hands after we walked out. I did not take him to the park but my aunt who is a nurse and is very careful did, so I assume she was careful with him as well. My DD, myself, and my DH have no symptoms. I plan to call my doctors office as soon as they open tomorrow for advice, but I find them a little blasé, especially when it comes to testing for things like flu, strep, and Covid. Thank you for your input.

ETA: please feel free to tell me if you think I’m overreacting. I won’t lie- this virus scares the absolute sh!t out of me. Watching my grandmother die from it in April really left an impression on me. Chat Icon

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Posted 10/1/20 8:23 PM
 
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Budjeg11
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You can test as soon as you see symptoms . So if you are wanting to test I would do it sooner rather then later . Is there a reason you want to wait ?

Posted 10/1/20 8:26 PM
 

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My child was sick and the dr said no need to come in unless symptoms are very bad. See iam u can get a teleheath visit and see what they reccomend

Posted 10/1/20 8:29 PM
 

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Posted by Budjeg11

You can test as soon as you see symptoms . So if you are wanting to test I would do it sooner rather then later . Is there a reason you want to wait ?



I just don’t know if I’m overreacting and it’s nothing- I mean young kids get sick all the time. Plus the test is so awful- I don’t want to put him through it for nothing. Does anyone know if they do the deep nasal swab for young children?

Posted 10/1/20 8:29 PM
 

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I would get him tested. I would have gotten him tested once he had a fever honestly. The test only takes a few seconds. Its uncomfortable, but quick.

My sister said her pediatrician hadn't seen any positive cases in children since April and has seen 7 cases in kids since school started. All children presented as colds and only got tested because their school required testing for cold symptoms.

Posted 10/1/20 8:44 PM
 

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I would just take him for a test at one of the GoHealth places for peace of mind. My 3 year old just had a nasal swab in both sides for an upcoming surgery tomorrow it was quick and fast he didn’t even move. I’m not sure if they do the nasal at that age but anything else is less invasive. Doesn’t hurt because if he does have it at least you know for the rest of your family members to monitor for symptoms. Hang in there! My one twin had a really high fever, lethargic literally slept for 2 days and didn’t move didn’t eat during the height of covid in April. I took him to PM peds, had him tested and it was negative but I’m glad he went. It was so strange because he was around not a sole for a month at that point except me who works in the hospital and I wasn’t sick. I freaked but the doctor said sometimes kids just get sick.

Posted 10/1/20 8:55 PM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

Posted by PitterPatter11

I would get him tested. I would have gotten him tested once he had a fever honestly. The test only takes a few seconds. Its uncomfortable, but quick.

My sister said her pediatrician hadn't seen any positive cases in children since April and has seen 7 cases in kids since school started. All children presented as colds and only got tested because their school required testing for cold symptoms.



The fever showed up late this afternoon- when DH got home from work around 5 so my regular doctors office was already closed. His fever did go down with Tylenol but if he still has it tmrw I think I am just going to have him tested. My poor babe- he didn’t handle any part of the doctors visit well- not even the easy crap like getting weighed or the stethoscope so this should be fun! Chat Icon

Posted 10/1/20 9:02 PM
 

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I would contact your pediatrician and see what they say. It could be something like strep or an ear infection that needs to be treated with an antibiotic.

Posted 10/1/20 9:03 PM
 

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Posted by TwinMommyToBoys

I would just take him for a test at one of the GoHealth places for peace of mind. My 3 year old just had a nasal swab in both sides for an upcoming surgery tomorrow it was quick and fast he didn’t even move. I’m not sure if they do the nasal at that age but anything else is less invasive. Doesn’t hurt because if he does have it at least you know for the rest of your family members to monitor for symptoms. Hang in there! My one twin had a really high fever, lethargic literally slept for 2 days and didn’t move didn’t eat during the height of covid in April. I took him to PM peds, had him tested and it was negative but I’m glad he went. It was so strange because he was around not a sole for a month at that point except me who works in the hospital and I wasn’t sick. I freaked but the doctor said sometimes kids just get sick.



Ugh it’s so scary! I’m a bit of an alarmist too which is why I’m second guessing myself I guess. He had a fever in May and we hadn’t seen ANYONE at that point and neither DH or myself had been to work or anywhere other than the grocery store so his regular doctor didn’t even want to test him. They said it was probably his teeth and I think it was- but he has all his teeth now except his molars which aren’t supposed to show up until later. Then again he had a dozen teeth by a year so maybe he’s just an early tether! Here’s hoping!

Posted 10/1/20 9:05 PM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

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I would contact your pediatrician and see what they say. It could be something like strep or an ear infection that needs to be treated with an antibiotic.



This. There are a host of other things that can give a kid a fever and that may require an antibiotic.
I don't even think Covid presents with a fever in most kids from what I have read.
Either way, call the ped and let them advise you.

Posted 10/1/20 9:07 PM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

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Posted by ali120206

I would contact your pediatrician and see what they say. It could be something like strep or an ear infection that needs to be treated with an antibiotic.



This. There are a host of other things that can give a kid a fever and that may require an antibiotic.
I don't even think Covid presents with a fever in most kids from what I have read.
Either way, call the ped and let them advise you.



Actually I believe I’ve read a fever is the most common symptom in young kids. I’m just trying to prepare myself for how big of a stink I need to throw with my doctors office- like I said they’re very blasé about any testing. I really need to switch doctors- they’ve gotten so much worse lately! Not just about that- they just suck.

Posted 10/1/20 9:11 PM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

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Posted by ali120206

I would contact your pediatrician and see what they say. It could be something like strep or an ear infection that needs to be treated with an antibiotic.



This. There are a host of other things that can give a kid a fever and that may require an antibiotic.
I don't even think Covid presents with a fever in most kids from what I have read.
Either way, call the ped and let them advise you.



Actually I believe I’ve read a fever is the most common symptom in young kids. I’m just trying to prepare myself for how big of a stink I need to throw with my doctors office- like I said they’re very blasé about any testing. I really need to switch doctors- they’ve gotten so much worse lately! Not just about that- they just suck.



I thought it was cold like symptoms in kids. Does he have any other cold symptoms like runny nose etc?
If your ped won't test maybe PM Peds will.
I hear the urgent care centers are giving out tests more frequently than primary care places. You can probably go there if your ped gives you a hard time and you want a test.

Posted 10/1/20 9:16 PM
 

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I would take him. I'm not sure where you live but if his regular ped won't test him I used to take DD to a pediatric urgent care in Wantagh that was amazing. I don't know their stance on COVID testing but they are truly awesome and I'm crazy picky with doctors.

Good luck! I hope he feels better soon.

Posted 10/1/20 9:17 PM
 

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If it would make you feel better, test.

Based on what you described I would probably write it off as a common cold. As long as no one else in the house is demonstrating any issues. I’d also be even more careful about social distancing for a week or 2.

I am very concerned about this winter. Every parent will face this. Kids do get sick all the time. It’s so hard to know. I don’t have a right answer to give you.

Hope your little one is fully recovered soon.

Posted 10/1/20 9:19 PM
 

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You should go to your ped to see if it's an ear infection or strep and if not then you need to test. Not directed at the OP - The whole point on trying to keep it contained is contact tracing and quarantining. If people are not testing because they just think it will go away or its just a little cold, they could be passing it around to a bunch of people. I know testing sucks, but it is needed. Wear your mask and test if you have a symptom. A fever is a symptom and so are many cold like issues.

Posted 10/1/20 10:01 PM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

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You should go to your ped to see if it's an ear infection or strep and if not then you need to test. Not directed at the OP - The whole point on trying to keep it contained is contact tracing and quarantining. If people are not testing because they just think it will go away or its just a little cold, they could be passing it around to a bunch of people. I know testing sucks, but it is needed. Wear your mask and test if you have a symptom. A fever is a symptom and so are many cold like issues.



But that means every time we have a simple head cold we need to get tested?
How do you really know when you need a test or not?

Posted 10/1/20 10:23 PM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

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You should go to your ped to see if it's an ear infection or strep and if not then you need to test. Not directed at the OP - The whole point on trying to keep it contained is contact tracing and quarantining. If people are not testing because they just think it will go away or its just a little cold, they could be passing it around to a bunch of people. I know testing sucks, but it is needed. Wear your mask and test if you have a symptom. A fever is a symptom and so are many cold like issues.



But that means every time we have a simple head cold we need to get tested?
How do you really know when you need a test or not?



I know many don't agree, but yes. You have a cold you need to get tested because it may not be a cold. The only way to know is by testing. A doctor can not tell the difference between a common cold or Covid.

Posted 10/2/20 12:01 AM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

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You should go to your ped to see if it's an ear infection or strep and if not then you need to test. Not directed at the OP - The whole point on trying to keep it contained is contact tracing and quarantining. If people are not testing because they just think it will go away or its just a little cold, they could be passing it around to a bunch of people. I know testing sucks, but it is needed. Wear your mask and test if you have a symptom. A fever is a symptom and so are many cold like issues.



But that means every time we have a simple head cold we need to get tested?
How do you really know when you need a test or not?



I know many don't agree, but yes. You have a cold you need to get tested because it may not be a cold. The only way to know is by testing. A doctor can not tell the difference between a common cold or Covid.



This!

If you have Covid symptoms, you should be tested.

Posted 10/2/20 6:20 AM
 

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Not sure I'll be running to Urgent Care every time I have a cold. It's a good way to expose myself to something more serious like the flu or Covid when I have a common cold. The common cold still exists no matter how people want to believe the only thing left on the planet that can make you sick is Covid .
If I had other symptoms maybe. But just a runny nose and congestion with no fever or body aches...it's a bit much.

Posted 10/2/20 6:39 AM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

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You should go to your ped to see if it's an ear infection or strep and if not then you need to test. Not directed at the OP - The whole point on trying to keep it contained is contact tracing and quarantining. If people are not testing because they just think it will go away or its just a little cold, they could be passing it around to a bunch of people. I know testing sucks, but it is needed. Wear your mask and test if you have a symptom. A fever is a symptom and so are many cold like issues.



But that means every time we have a simple head cold we need to get tested?
How do you really know when you need a test or not?



I know many don't agree, but yes. You have a cold you need to get tested because it may not be a cold. The only way to know is by testing. A doctor can not tell the difference between a common cold or Covid. [/QUOTE

Precisely. The test isn’t near as bad as some people whine about, and can help keep infection rates down. Low infection rates mean we can remain open.

Pretending that there’s not still a pandemic, and saying “it’s just a cold” when you can’t possibly know for sure, is just silly.

Posted 10/2/20 6:47 AM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

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Posted by KarenK122

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by KarenK122

You should go to your ped to see if it's an ear infection or strep and if not then you need to test. Not directed at the OP - The whole point on trying to keep it contained is contact tracing and quarantining. If people are not testing because they just think it will go away or its just a little cold, they could be passing it around to a bunch of people. I know testing sucks, but it is needed. Wear your mask and test if you have a symptom. A fever is a symptom and so are many cold like issues.



But that means every time we have a simple head cold we need to get tested?
How do you really know when you need a test or not?



I know many don't agree, but yes. You have a cold you need to get tested because it may not be a cold. The only way to know is by testing. A doctor can not tell the difference between a common cold or Covid.



This!

If you have Covid symptoms, you should be tested.



I agree to most of this. For a simple cold, I wouldn’t run for a covid test but be a lot more careful (keeping my mask on continuously outside the home, no get togethers until I feel better, etc) but with a fever? I’d get a test. I feel it’s irresponsible not to. DH has some sort of stomach bug for 3 days now. Day 1, we chalked it up to Taco Bell. Day 2, he got a fever and went right away to be tested. Was negative and they said it sounds more like gastroenteritis. But good to be checked because covid presents with Gastro issues in some cases. We own a business and have employees we work with daily. We have masks on when not 6 feet away And I clean common surfaces throughout the day. But I still see people rubbing their eyes, noses and standing close together and forgetting to pull their mask up (I’m the mask police lol) and even though it’s not covid, he’s staying Home til this whole thing clears up.

But yea - with a. Fever , I’d get a test. Or if not, then the family should quarantine until he’s well and everyone else doesn’t show symptoms for 2 weeks.

We all have to remember, the other germs are still out there. It’s not always covid. So a tickle in the throat and some stuffiness isn’t always that.

I hope the baby feels better soon.

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Posted 10/2/20 7:02 AM
 

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Re: Covid Testing in Young Children

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Posted by ali120206

I would contact your pediatrician and see what they say. It could be something like strep or an ear infection that needs to be treated with an antibiotic.



This. There are a host of other things that can give a kid a fever and that may require an antibiotic.
I don't even think Covid presents with a fever in most kids from what I have read.
Either way, call the ped and let them advise you.



Actually I believe I’ve read a fever is the most common symptom in young kids. I’m just trying to prepare myself for how big of a stink I need to throw with my doctors office- like I said they’re very blasé about any testing. I really need to switch doctors- they’ve gotten so much worse lately! Not just about that- they just suck.



I would just lie and say he’s in daycare and they won’t let him return without a negative test. They’ll test him.

Posted 10/2/20 7:53 AM
 

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Posted by PitterPatter11

Posted by KarenK122

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by KarenK122

You should go to your ped to see if it's an ear infection or strep and if not then you need to test. Not directed at the OP - The whole point on trying to keep it contained is contact tracing and quarantining. If people are not testing because they just think it will go away or its just a little cold, they could be passing it around to a bunch of people. I know testing sucks, but it is needed. Wear your mask and test if you have a symptom. A fever is a symptom and so are many cold like issues.



But that means every time we have a simple head cold we need to get tested?
How do you really know when you need a test or not?



I know many don't agree, but yes. You have a cold you need to get tested because it may not be a cold. The only way to know is by testing. A doctor can not tell the difference between a common cold or Covid.



This!

If you have Covid symptoms, you should be tested.



This isn't the case. My daughter was sick with a cough about a month ago and i did make a dr appt. The dr said no need to come in for a covid test unless high fever or worsening symptoms. They said stay home and away from other people until symptoms subside. To think every person should get a covid test for every minor sniffle is unreasonable

Posted 10/2/20 8:11 AM
 

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I think it all turns on whether you're going to be functionall quarantined anyway. If you know you won't be around others until you're not contagious anymore, even if it is covid, do what's good for you.

But if you'll be out in public or have a kid at school with covid symptoms and willful blindness/ignorance?

Well...that's another.

Actions have consequences.

Posted 10/2/20 9:56 AM
 

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Posted by KarenK122

You should go to your ped to see if it's an ear infection or strep and if not then you need to test. Not directed at the OP - The whole point on trying to keep it contained is contact tracing and quarantining. If people are not testing because they just think it will go away or its just a little cold, they could be passing it around to a bunch of people. I know testing sucks, but it is needed. Wear your mask and test if you have a symptom. A fever is a symptom and so are many cold like issues.



In this case I agree. When there is a fever you need to test for strep regardless. That is going around BIG TIME already. So get the tests... what does it hurt? THe only deterrent i see is the cost if you dont have good insurance.

Posted 10/2/20 10:13 AM
 
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