Children are definitely prone to getting some sort of infection from all the viruses and bacteria living around us. We live in a world where familiar symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throats and those sniffles have taken a completely different meaning, particularly since the day we were all introduced to Covid-19.
When are children taken to do their swab tests? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if your child has had a close contact with someone who doesn’t display any symptoms of an infection but is tested positive with Covid-19, it’s best to wait at least 4 days after the exposure before getting tested.
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b) Materials for Swab Tests
c) Materials for Vaccinations
1. Share child-friendly information
2. Help your child plan coping strategies
This routine would be applicable to building children’s readiness to both swab tests and vaccinations.
Then as for the practice for swab, the breakdown can look like this. Seeing that this is a tolerance-based programme, it’s alright to do it very gradually if your child needs more time to learn.
The goal is to ensure the child has as positive an experience as possible when they go to get vaccinated. The breakdown of this teaching strategy can look like this:
Also, do remember that this breakdown may need to be adapted even further to accommodate the needs of the different children.
On the actual vaccination day, an adult may still need to hold their child’s hand or shoulder if they show some discomfort before taking their turn for the swab tests or to get vaccinated.
Children should still be rewarded despite their reaction to the procedure, as long as they complete it.
Feel free to also refer to this resource prepared by JKJAV, or the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for individuals with autism.
Source: Jawatankuasa Khas Jaminan Akses Vaksin COVID-19
1. American Academy of Pediatrics. (2021, September 1). COVID-19 testing guidance. American Academy of Pediatrics. https://www.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-testing-guidance/#:~:text=Asymptomatic%20patients%20with%20close%20contact,have%20close%20contacts%20immediately%20tested
2. Birnie, K., & McMurtry, M. (2020, October 14). 6 tips to prepare your child for easy COVID-19 testing. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/6-tips-to-prepare-your-child-for-easy-covid-19-testing-147415
3. Special Committee on Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply . (n.d.). Guide and visual schedule for COVID-19 vaccination. Focus: Autism spectrum and neurodevelopmental conditions. Jawatankuasa Khas Jaminan Akses Bekalan Vaksin COVID-19 (JKJAV). https://www.vaksincovid.gov.my/upload/media/PICK-Guide-ASD-ENG.pdf