Covid test for kids in Dorset. Not what I expected.
I recently tested my child for COVID-19, and it wasn’t what I expected. Everything you need to know about testing a child in Dorset here.
My 7-year-old son and I recently fell ill with generic cold symptoms. It all started one night when he woke up in the middle of the night and threw up. He had been eating a lot of sugary treats on that day, so I didn’t think much of it. Then the following day, we both developed coughs and other cold symptoms, such as body aches and blocked noses.
I was still relatively confident we didn’t have COVID-19 because, although we both had coughs, we didn’t have the other symptoms associated with Coronavirus. Here’s a list of what to look for according to the NHS:
Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
And recently, there’s been a link between an upset stomach in children and Coronavirus, including vomiting and diarrhoea. Read more here.
However, kids in England are due to return to school soon. I didn’t want to be the parent that sends the entire school back into quarantine, only a week into the new term. We also care for a vulnerable family member, so after a few days of coughing and self-isolating, we decided to get tested.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, here’s what you can expect.
The testing site in Poole is at Creekmoor park and ride.
How to book
You can check your symptoms and book a slot online here. However, some people have reported issues recently when booking a test at the centre in Poole. Read more about it here.
It’ll be useful if you have your NHS number. You can find it on any letters you may have received confirming Dr’s appointments, or in your child’s red book.
How it works
I had recently read a blog written by a mum in the UK who described testing her children for COVID-19 as a dreadful experience. Her children found the swab very uncomfortable and made them gag. They resisted the test so much, they couldn’t get conclusive results the first time and had to test again.
I know every family is different and everybody will have a different experience. But I thought it’d be helpful to share my own experience so that you have another point of view.
We found the process very easy and smooth. The test centre was extremely well-organised. There were clear signs everywhere, directing us to each step in the process. The staff coordinating the traffic were friendly and welcoming and made us feel at ease.
We drove around the test centre with our windows up the entire time. Here are a few things you’ll need:
Antibacterial hand gel
Tissues – You’ll need to blow your nose before taking a swab
You’ll also need to use your phone to speak to a member of the staff safely, without opening your car windows.
Each person tested receives a bag with instructions and everything you need for your test. You’ll need to read the instructions before doing anything. Then you will go back and follow each step. There’s also additional information for testing children.
I found it useful to follow the instructions on myself first, and then on my son. Because he had just seen me taking the test, he was much calmer when it was his turn. We also made it into a game.
The most important thing to remember is: DO NOT SEAL YOUR BAG when you finish with your test. A member of staff will approach your car and check that everything has been done correctly before you hand the test back in a designated bag.
You’ll get your test results back within a day or two. They’ll send you an e-mail and a text message letting you know if you are positive or negative and what you need to do next. If you are wondering, we tested NEGATIVE. Phew!
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