Is it possible to do a paternity test without a child knowing? Yes, it is.

When you order one of our home Peace of Mind DNA tests, we send a testing kit out to an address of your choice. Collecting a DNA sample is a simple process. You just need to rub a mouth swab on the inside of the donor’s cheek. If the test is to determine paternity, a DNA sample is needed from the child, the alleged father, and the mother – if available.

Using a mouth swab to collect DNA is not invasive. However, it could lead to awkward questions from older children, particularly in the case of paternity disputes.

Now, you can perform a paternity test without a child knowing by choosing to undertake one of AlphaBiolabs’ viability studies: toothbrush or nail DNA testing. Consent is needed for anyone taking part in a DNA test. However, an adult with parental responsibility can provide consent for a child under 16 years of age. This means that instead of rubbing a mouth swab on the inside of the child’s cheek, you can simply send in their used toothbrush or collected nail clippings. These discreet methods of DNA sampling mean the child doesn’t need to know about the paternity test. 

As with AlphaBiolabs’ paternity and prenatal paternity tests, if our scientists can get a DNA profile from the toothbrush or nail DNAtests, they will examine up to 35 markers to determine which half of the child’s DNA is inherited from the mother and which half is from the father. If the man is indeed the biological father of the child, both will share identical sections of DNA at each marker. If the man is not the biological father, there will be differences in the DNA of both the man and child.

How to arrange a paternity test without a child knowing

For further information on our paternity testing services, and the viability studies of toothbrush and nail testing, please, please contact our Customer Services team on 0140 29466 or email us at info@alphabiolabs.ie