What happens if someone, including a child, cannot produce an acceptable saliva specimen?

What happens if someone, including a child, cannot produce an acceptable saliva specimen?

Our supportive collection site staff members can help you produce a sufficient saliva sample. However, in order to complete the test, an acceptable saliva specimen is  required (i.e., no food, liquids, or other substances in the mouth for one hour prior). For younger children, we can provide a curriculum designed to guide them through the steps and the  reasons for the test.

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      You will need to provide around 2mL of saliva (not bubbles) for the sample to be processed correctly (the vials used will often have a marking noting how much saliva is  needed).