With news of the COVID-19 third wave expected any day now, experts have warned that the mutated virus will have a greater impact on children than ever before. As a result, states are preparing to begin testing in children as well.
Testing children can be challenging, but how effective is it? In an interview with News18, Dr. Shashi Bhushan, a neonatologist and paediatrician at Cloudnine Hospitals Malleswaram in Bengaluru, answered frequently asked questions.
Dr. said that a different approach is required for children because they are afraid of doctors and hospitals. As a result, it is critical to consider alternative methods of testing for children.
Test methods available for children Bhushan said, “The most effective method to collect samples from children is Oral RT-PCR, or RT-PCR salivaries, and Gargle RT-PCR. The collection of nasal swab and Rapid Antigen Tests are also possible in other forms.”
Nasal Swab Difference from Nasopharyngeal Swab? The difference between the nasal swab and the nasopharyngeal swab is further explained by Dr. Bhushan, which means that the nasopharyngeal swab is long, thin and nose-deep inserted and drawn off and causes a little discomfort for people.
At the beginning of the nose, the nasal swab is wiped and does not go deep into the nose and collect sample. What exactly is Gargle RT-PCR? A child is given a gargling solution and instructed to gargle and spit out the fluid.
It is safe to use on children over the age of seven. Are these tests reliable? All of the tests are valid. “The ICMR has given its approval to gargle RT-PCR. The results of these tests are said to be on par with the others,” Dr. Bhushan stated.