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After your child’s COVID-19 testAAfter your child’s COVID-19 testAfter your child’s COVID-19 testEnglishInfectious DiseasesChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NAImmune systemTestsAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-12-27T05:00:00Z8.6000000000000059.3000000000000869.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about what you should do after your child has been tested for COVID-19. And what to do if they test positive or negative. Also learn what it means if your child must isolate and what everyone else in the household needs to do. </p><p>Your child has been tested for COVID-19 either because they had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or because they have symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.</p><p>COVID-19 is a viral infection. Most children will have mild symptoms, if any. The most common symptoms are fever and cough. Less common symptoms include sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, tiredness, skin changes and shortness of breath.</p> <h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Your child has been tested for COVID-19, it is important they rest and take care of themselves while isolating at home until they receive their results.</li><li>When speaking to your child about COVID-19 you can start by asking them what they know or have heard and then address their concerns.</li><li>Isolating can be difficult for families but there are many strategies that can be used to help navigate this challenging experience.</li></ul>

 

 

 

 

After your child’s COVID-19 test3908.00000000000After your child’s COVID-19 testAfter your child’s COVID-19 testAEnglishInfectious DiseasesChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NAImmune systemTestsAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-12-27T05:00:00Z8.6000000000000059.3000000000000869.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about what you should do after your child has been tested for COVID-19. And what to do if they test positive or negative. Also learn what it means if your child must isolate and what everyone else in the household needs to do. </p><p>Your child has been tested for COVID-19 either because they had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or because they have symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.</p><p>COVID-19 is a viral infection. Most children will have mild symptoms, if any. The most common symptoms are fever and cough. Less common symptoms include sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, tiredness, skin changes and shortness of breath.</p> <h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Your child has been tested for COVID-19, it is important they rest and take care of themselves while isolating at home until they receive their results.</li><li>When speaking to your child about COVID-19 you can start by asking them what they know or have heard and then address their concerns.</li><li>Isolating can be difficult for families but there are many strategies that can be used to help navigate this challenging experience.</li></ul> <h2>After your child’s COVID-19 test</h2><p>If your child had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or they have symptoms of a COVID-19 infection they must isolate while waiting for their test results.</p><p>As with most viral infections, you can manage your child's fever and pain with medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, unless a doctor has advised you that your child should not take these.</p><p>You should encourage your child to stay hydrated by drinking fluids often.</p><h2>What if my child tests positive?</h2><p>If your child tests positive, then your local public health unit will contact you. In Ontario you can also check results online at https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree.</p><ul><li>If your child has symptoms, they will be required to isolate for 14 days, starting from the day their symptoms started. Your local public health unit will give you guidance about when your child can stop isolating.</li><li>If your child has no symptoms, they will be required to isolate for 14 days starting from the day they were tested.</li></ul><h2>What if my child tests negative?</h2><p>If your child tests negative, you will not receive a call but can check the test results online. In Ontario please visit https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree.</p><ul><li>If your child’s test is negative, they should remain isolating until they are symptom free.</li></ul><h2>What does isolating mean for a child?</h2><p>If your child is isolating they should:</p><ul><li>Stay home</li><li>Not go for walks outside</li><li>Not have visitors to the home</li><li>Avoid contact with others as much as possible (especially with any at risk people)</li><li>Cough and sneeze into their elbow</li><li>Wash their hands frequently</li><li>Wear a mask when around other people</li></ul><p>Other people in the same household as your child should self-monitor for symptoms. Keep in mind that it can take up to two weeks for someone who was exposed to start showing symptoms. Other people in the same household as your child should:</p><ul><li>Avoid contact with the child as much as possible</li><li>Use a separate bathroom if possible</li><li>Wear a mask when in the same room</li><li>Try to clean household surfaces often</li><li>Make sure EVERYONE washes their hands frequently</li></ul><h2>Talking to kids about COVID</h2><p>It is important to provide accurate information to your child that is appropriate to their developmental level. Here are some suggestions.</p><ul><li>Share ‘need to know’ information with your child, using age-appropriate language.</li><li>Answer questions directly and honestly and do not make false promises.</li><li>It is okay if you do not know all the answers; focus on the short-term plan for the whole family.</li><li>Ask your child how they are feeling. Let them know what they are feeling is OK and many other people are having the same feelings. Use words to share your own feelings, tell your child if you are anxious, worried, sad etc.</li><li>Model healthy coping skills and take care of your own physical and mental health.</li></ul><p>Visit www.aboutkidshealth.ca/COVID-19 for more information and resources.</p><h2>Coping with isolation</h2><p>Here are some ideas you can try to help your child cope with feelings of isolation.</p><ul><li>Work with your child to develop a daily schedule: This could include academic and learning activities, leisure and creative activities and physical activities. Try to stick to a consistent routine for waking up, meals and snacks, and bedtime. Routines offer security and predictability to children.</li><li>Use creative ways to stay in contact virtually with family and friends. Set up regular video calls and encourage children to stay connected as much as possible.</li><li>If your child is upset, validate their feelings. Offer concrete reassurance by saying for example: <em>“I am here for you when you are ready, or if you need me”</em> and <em>“We will get through this together.”</em> For younger children, distraction and redirection can also be helpful. For example, you can suggest reading a book together.</li></ul><p>Remember that most children are adaptable and resilient by nature.</p><h2>When to call a doctor</h2><p>If at any time your child becomes more unwell, or their symptoms get worse, contact your health-care provider or if you are in Ontario call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.</p><p>In a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/iStock-931043378.jpgAfter your child’s COVID-19 testFalse

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