How to Care for Your Child While Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results
Unfortunately, your child has met the criteria to get tested for COVID-19 and is being currently tested. COVID-19 is a dangerous virus that causes respiratory illness symptoms like fever, shortness of breath and cough. According to Boston Children’s Hospital, here are the simple steps you should at home while waiting for the test results.
How long will it take to get the test results back?
It can take several days to get your child’s test results back.
How will I find out the results?
You can call your doctor at the designated date or your provider will call you when the results are ready.
What precautions should I make sure my family takes while we wait for the test results?
Stay at home and away from others
- Isolate yourself and your family members from others while you wait for the results. Stay home with your child and make sure visitors don’t drop by.
- Make sure your child stays in one room of the house and at least 6 feet away when meeting other members of the family including pets.
- Keep your child away from elderly people at home (grandparents)
- Keep your child away from people with serious medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. They are at a higher chance of getting sick.
Wear protective gear and practice good hygiene
If possible, designate one healthy family member to care for your child.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after contact with your child. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after coming in contact with your child. Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer to clean your hands.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth before cleaning your hands.
- In case your child tests positive for COVID-19, your doctor will get give you additional steps to follow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands.
What can my family members do while we wait for the results?
- Washing hands is critical. Use soap and water and wash your hands for atleast 20 seconds.
- If your child is an infant, check with your doctor on breast feeding instructions.
- Wash your chest area with soap and warm water thoroughly before and after our hold our baby.
- Get other members of the family to do the grocery shopping. Avoid direct contact or going to a crowded supermarket.
How should I keep my home free of germs?
- Encourage your child to use a separate bathroom from the rest of the family.
- Clean the bathroom twice a day with disinfectants and close the toilet lid when flushing to make sure germs don’t spread.
- Thoroughly clean frequently used objects including toilets, door handles, faucets, phones, laptops and computers.
- You can use a regular household cleaner or can make your own by mixing 1-part bleach to 9 parts clean water.
- While cleaning your home, use disposable gloves.
- Use separate eating utensils for your child than the rest of the family.
- Wash your child’s clothes separately than the rest of the family.
- Let fresh air into your home by opening the doors and windows if the weather allows it.
When should I call for help? What symptoms should I watch out for?
Call your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms get worse:
- Cough and runny nose and other flu like symptoms
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing problems.
Let your child’s health care providers know that you are on self-isolation and are waiting for COVID-19 test results.
How can I help my child to feel better while at home?
Give your child nourishing food, make sure they get plenty of rest, and drink plenty of warm water.
- As per your doctor’s instructions, use medications that reduce fever
- Check your child’s temperature twice a day using a digital thermometer (please wait atleast 4 hours after giving medicines)
- Call your doctor immediately if the temperature is over 38.0 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
Where can I learn more about COVID-19?