Wednesday, May 18

Covid-19: how to properly perform a self-test on your child?

Health protocol requires, children are now subject to self-testing if they are in contact. A practice that can sometimes be very restrictive, especially for the youngest. Here are some tips for getting it right.

The health protocol put in place by Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, indicates that three self-tests must be carried out on Jo, D+2 and D+4 if the students have been in contact with a Covid-19 carrier. . A measure to fight against the closing of classes more and more frequent. Nevertheless, it can turn out to be a real headache for parents, forced to improvise themselves as pharmacists, and for children who can be very reluctant to take the action. To avoid several minutes of screaming and crying, it is important to follow these tips in order to perform your self-tests on your children as well as possible.

demonstrate pedagogy

The first good reflex to adopt is to prepare the child well before the sample is taken. Care must be taken to ensure that the child is seated, his nose clear and above all that he is relaxed. As in any daily action towards a child, pedagogy remains your best asset. Be sure to explain your action in detail and especially to insist on the fact that he must not move his head, otherwise he will have to start over.

Do not hesitate to hold it firmly without being too rough so as not to put it in discomfort. And if the promise of a reward can stimulate your child, why not try it, if he still does not want to be receptive. In case of repeated failures, try to make him perform the test on his own. It is authorized for a child from 3 to 11 years old, as can be seen on the guide of the Ministry of Health, even if it is recommended for the parents to take care of it.

Then, the rules of hygiene must be scrupulously respected, namely washing your hands well and making sure that the cotton swab does not come into contact with any external object. Contrary to belief, the swab does not need to be pushed deep into the nose: push it in “2 to 3 cm” and “rotate if possible, then hold the swab in place for 5 seconds” is more than enough to have a reliable result, explains the guide of the Ministry. Also remember to do the action on both nostrils so that the viral load is high enough and therefore does not distort the test results.

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