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Preparing Your Child for a COVID-19 Test

The Child Life specialists at Children's Mercy help children cope with the feelings they may have about their illness, injury, disability, or hospitalization. They have created the guide below to help your child understand how a COVID-19 nasal swab test works.

 

If you have any questions or need more support, please message “child life messages” on the MyChildrensMercy patient portal or call the Child Life support and education phone at (816) 986-6870.

Referral needed for COVID-19 test

You must have a referral from your child's primary care physician in order for your child to receive a COVID-19 test from Children's Mercy.

What happens when you come for a COVID-19 test?


You will be going to Children's Mercy for something called a COVID-19 nasal swab or test. This will help the doctors and nurses know if your body has a certain type of germ.

The nurses doing the test will wear special outfits and walk up to your car to ask your family questions.

Two nurses in PPE walking from building
These are the nurses walking to your car.
Two nurses in PPE approaching a car with a woman and boy inside
This is how the nurses are dressed when they talk with your family.

After talking with your family, the nurses will put a thin cotton swab (also called a nasal swab) inside your nose and move it around for 10 seconds. Most kids say it feels uncomfortable, but it is over very fast.

Nurse in PPE greeting boy in a car
The nurses will tell you what they are going to do before they do anything.
Two nurses in PPE performing a nasal swab test on boy in a car
This is the nasal swab.
Two nurses in PPE performing a nasal swab test on boy in a car
This is how it moves around for 10 seconds on the inside of your nose.

After the nurses remove the nasal swab from your nose, it is put in a tube. Now your test is done, and you and your family can leave.

Gloved hands putting a nasal swab in a tube
This is the nurses putting your nasal swab in a tube.

Thank you for getting tested with us!

Published July 30, 2020