Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Pediatric Patients Near St. Cloud Kissimmee, FL
If your child is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus come to Night Lite Pediatrics as we are now offering rapid COVID-19 testing. Visit our clinic today or inquire about our virtual visit options. Call now for more information.
With a global pandemic, we want to make sure everyone is safe, especially our children. Our children’s health and safety is a parent’s main priority, and here at Night Lite Pediatrics, we plan to make it as easy as possible. Call us today to book a COVID-19 test for your little ones.
Can babies get coronavirus?
Although COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children, this defense does not extend to babies, as they may be just as vulnerable to severe illness as older adults.
Most babies and toddlers with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms similar to those of a severe cold or the flu. Some have no symptoms at all.
Some common symptoms in babies and toddlers include:
- symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection, such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing
- muscle pain
- changes in mood or behavior — such as sleeping more or less often, feeding difficulties, or more frequent tantrums — because of pain or a fever
- digestive problems, such as nausea, vomiting, stomachache, or diarrhea
- loss of sense of smell that may manifest as changes in eating habits
- dry cough and symptoms of mild pneumonia, such as more rapid breathing or shortness of breath
Who should be tested for COVID-19?
Anyone who has been exposed to the virus and has had close contact with a confirmed case should get tested whether or not they have symptoms. By identifying individuals who are positive early in disease progression, we can prevent a large percentage of infections. This is crucial, as we have learned that asymptomatic infections are a key driver of this epidemic.
On the other hand, people with no exposure history and no symptoms should not get tested.
The virus’s incubation period is around one week, but it can be up to two weeks. If you get tested too early after exposure, it is possible to have a false-negative test. A positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) shows when you have viral RNA in your body. This does not necessarily say if you are infectious.
Despite a positive PCR, studies have shown for some people there was little to no cultivable virus after about 9 to 10 days. This means a person was infected with the virus and tested positive long after they were no longer infectious to others.
Are all COVID-19 test the same?
There are several different types of testing available to detect coronavirus. Here are the main types:
- Molecular Test — This is performed by either a nasal or throat swab for most tests, and saliva for a few tests. Test duration is the same day or up to a week. This test is in most cases highly accurate and does not usually need to be repeated.
- Antigen Test — This test is performed by a nasal or throat swab. Results will show within one hour.
- Positive results are usually highly accurate, however negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test.
- Antibody Test — This test is performed by a finger stick or blood draw. Results will be back either the same day or from 1-3 days. This test is unique in that is shows if you have been infected by coronavirus in the past. However, it does not indicate an active infection.
If your child is showing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or nausea, please contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!