Though children seem to be spared from the most extreme and dangerous effects of COVID-19, the American Medical Association urges parents not to skip well-child visits or vaccines. During such an uncertain and stressful time for children, well-child visits can help check in on the child’s mental health and, with children and adolescents home from child care and schools, a child’s doctor may be the only person outside the household who has eyes on them. It is also important to note that disrupting immunization schedules, even for brief periods, can lead to outbreaks of infections, such as measles or whooping cough, that can be even more threatening to a child’s health. Please call to schedule your child's well visit today!
During this COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Care Pediatrics knows that families are concerned about their safety. We can assure you that we share that concern. Our practice has taken the follow steps in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC guidelines to enhance our cleaning practices; promote universal protection including masks and gloves; minimize your time in our public spaces; and protect our staff. We have implemented the following in our office to address these areas:
Wearing Personal Protection
1) We have implemented universal masking for all staff.
2) We are asking all patients/caretakers wear their own masks on arrival.
3) When we are examining your child, all staff will wear basic PPE (Gloves and mask).
Enhanced Office Cleanliness and Reduced Contact
1) We have removed all toys, books, and magazines from waiting areas, exam rooms and common areas.
2) We have enhanced all cleaning practices on all high touch surfaces (doorknobs, common area surfaces, and exam tables).
3) We offer televisits for sick visits in the afternoon.
1) We are actively screening patients prior to visit for any symptoms or exposures to avoid unnecessary visits.
2) We are redirecting those with mild symptoms to phone consultation or telehealth.
3) We are screening patients for temperatures immediately upon arrival and direct those with symptoms to a designated sick room immediately.
4) We have changed the patient flow through the practice to minimize contact with others by actively limiting number of persons in waiting and check in areas and are maintaining social distancing.
5) Scheduling well and newborn visits in the morning hours and sick visits in the afternoon to ensure separation.
6) Designating separate sick and well exam rooms. Sick and well waiting rooms are clearly marked on outside hallway entrances.
7) Allowing patients to check out in the room and leave via separate exit if needed.