Before the test
Have an honest conversation with you child about why they're taking the test and what to expect.
Talk them through the steps and say something like “we're doing the test to make sure everyone stays safe and doesn't get sick, it might be a bit uncomfortable, but we'll get it done quickly.” Explain that they are helping to keep themselves and their friends and family safe.
"Consider a small reward after a test."
“Try to be calm and matter-of-fact as children will be more reluctant if they sense you are distressed,” says Dr. Amanda Wright, a GP in Melbourne. “Consider a small reward after a test for reluctant children, such as a star chart.”
For little ones, it may help to have them seated on your lap and facing you. You can steady their head on your shoulder or arm. Children over five may find it helpful to see the swab demonstrated on a toy or parent.