On the occasion of the serological testing operation that began yesterday and is expected to last until September 2, a family expert and parent counselor recommends ways to reduce anxiety among children. What is important to do before and during the test and why is it recommended that the child feel that you are with him throughout the process.
Yesterday (Sunday) the serological testing operation for children aged 12.3 began throughout the country, and the testing complexes operate in the afternoon and evening between the dates 184.108.40.206. All the details here.
The test involves two finger punctures a few minutes apart and will allow children to be previously infected in Corona without their knowledge. They will now be able to get a green mark that will free them from isolation in a state of exposure to verified as well as free entry to places that operate under the green mark outline.
Tips to reduce anxiety in children:
It is important to prepare the children for the test – various factors can affect the levels of anxiety among the children and the more we the parents come prepared, the more we can help them pass the test with maximum comfort.
Ravit Raviv, a kindergarten and family expert, with a number of relevant tips for reducing anxiety in children, prior to and during the test:
1. Before the test
- It is important to have a preliminary conversation with the children: Explain that the test is for us and is meant to help us get into all sorts of places and start school or kindergarten.
- Demonstrate to the child how the test is performed. You can use a toothpick and demonstrate the small prick with your finger. Emphasize that the test will be very short.
- You can choose a short song together that you will sing to it until the end of the test. Or count together to 10.
2. During the test
- It is important that you be with the child. Sit on your knees or sit next to him.
- Let him ask questions and if necessary, explain to him what the nurse is doing.
- During the test, hug him and perform the ceremony agreed upon by both of you (song or count).
3. After the test
- Encourage him for the effort and the way: ‘I’m so proud of you. I saw that it was not easy for you and yet you managed to overcome and pass the test. What fun we have that we are after…. ‘.
The tips were written by Ravit Raviv, a kindergarten and family expert and parent counselor at the Adler Institute.