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COVID-19 Pediatric Testing

Sellwood Medical Clinic

Family & Pediatrics & Internal Medicine located in Portland, OR

The dedicated pediatric care providers at Sellwood Medical Clinic understand how frightening COVID-19 is for parents. For that reason, the team now offers COVID-19 pediatric testing on-site in their Portland, Oregon, clinic. If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, if someone in your household was affected by the virus, or if you suspect exposure to COVID-19, don’t wait. Call the office or schedule an appointment online for COVID-19 pediatric testing today.

COVID-19 Pediatric Testing Q & A

When should I request COVID-19 pediatric testing?

If your child has new symptoms, such as a cough or fever, contact Sellwood Medical Clinic to schedule an appointment.

If you, your child, or anyone else who lives in your household was exposed to someone with COVID-19, you can schedule an assessment appointment even if your child doesn’t have any symptoms.

The Sellwood Medical Clinic team carefully assesses your child’s health and situation to determine whether they need COVID-19 pediatric testing. Screening may be available via telemedicine.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 in children?

The symptoms of COVID-19 in children are the same as in adults, but typically milder. Common symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting (less common)
  • Diarrhea (less common)

At this time, medical experts and researchers are still gathering information about how COVID-19 affects children and adults. 

How does COVID-19 pediatric testing work?

Sellwood Medical Clinic offers both antibody testing and viral testing in a safe and sterile environment that puts your child’s health first. 

Antibody testing

Antibody testing is a blood test that checks to see if your child was exposed to COVID-19, but doesn’t tell you whether they have the virus currently. Antibody tests are simple blood tests involving a blood prick or small blood draw that only take a few minutes.

An antibody test can tell you if your child was around someone with COVID-19, but antibodies don’t appear until around 1-3 weeks following viral exposure. This test can’t tell you about more recent exposure to the virus.

A positive antibody test doesn’t mean that your child is immune to COVID-19. Your child still needs to wear personal protection (masks for children over 2 years old) and practice social distancing to minimize the risk of developing COVID-19. 

Viral test

A COVID-19 viral test involves swabbing your child’s inner nose or taking some other form of respiratory sample. This test can verify whether your child has COVID-19. Generally, the pediatric care providers at Sellwood Medical Clinic only use this test after a screening that indicates your child has possible COVID-19 symptoms.

Your child’s Sellwood Medical Clinic care providers are ready to perform gentle assessments and testing to put your mind at ease. 

Concerned about COVID-19? Protect your child by calling Sellwood Medical Clinic or booking an appointment online today.