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Pediatric COVID Testing In Holly Springs, NC

Here at StarLight Pediatrics, we believe that nothing is more important than providing our patients with the information they need regarding pediatric Covid-19 testing. When your child develops a cough, fever, or other symptoms of Covid-19, we understand just how scary this can be, but our Holly Springs, NC, pediatrician Dr. Maria Castro and her team provide testing to children who have been exposed to Covid-19, as well as children and teens who are showing symptoms.

The Types of Covid-19 Tests

First, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the available types of Covid-19 testing, particularly if you or your family is getting ready to travel (certain countries only allow certain Covid-19 testing results to enter). The two tests are the Covid-19 PCR test and the rapid antigen test. The PCR test can take up to 3 days to get results, while results from the rapid antigen test are provided to you, usually within 15-30 minutes.

The Symptoms of Covid-19

As we’ve seen over the last year and a half, symptoms of Covid-19 vary greatly from person to person, including children. These are some of the most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus,

  • Runny nose
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Trouble breathing
  • Body aches
  • Fever and chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

My Child is Showing Symptoms of Covid-19. Now What?

If your child has a well-child checkup or upcoming appointment and they are showing symptoms of Covid-19, or have been exposed to coronavirus, do not come into our office. Instead, give our office a call and we would be happy to reschedule your child’s appointment once they are feeling better. If you would like to have your child tested for Covid-19, we would also be happy to discuss this over the phone and schedule a testing appointment. We do offer same-day appointments for sick visits.

When to Consider Testing

While children and teens that are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 should always get tested, there are other reasons that you may want to consider testing. Some medical professionals may recommend undergoing testing before your child enters school or before they have to travel internationally. If your child has an upcoming surgery or procedure, they may also need to undergo Covid testing prior. If a child has had close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, they should get tested about 3-5 days after exposure even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms.

If you have questions about Covid-19 testing or need to have your child tested, call StarLight Pediatrics at (919) 762-5113 to learn more. We offer telemedicine appointments and weekend office hours to better serve you.

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