Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
We will continue to provide you with as much up-to-date information pertaining to the coronavirus situation as we can.
Antibody Testing for COVID-19
Diagnostic tests for COVID-19 are slowly becoming more widely available. You may have also heard about antibody tests which measure the body’s response to the virus. For some infections (Measles for example) the body produces antibodies that persist for a lifetime, preventing reinfection. For other diseases (Influenza is a common example) the antibodies don’t last very long and multiple infections are common.
As COVID-19 is a new virus, there is no evidence whether antibodies provide long-lasting or much shorter protection. These antibody tests have not been approved by the FDA and have not been demonstrated to be accurate. For these reasons, PPP does not recommend antibody tests for our patients. If you want to discuss antibody testing for your child, we are happy to schedule a visit (either in person or by Telemedicine) to review the limitations of the test and what a positive or negative result means for your child’s health.
Costco Requiring Masks
Costco has announced that, effective May 4th, all customers will be required to wear masks while shopping. This is a good reminder for you and your children to remain vigilant as stay at home orders are relaxed. Wearing masks in public places, especially crowded stores, while continuing to practice social distancing is the best way to stay safe when you leave home.
Helping Teens Deal with Disappointment
As the end of the school year approaches, many teens are focusing on the rituals and acknowledgement that they are missing due to the pandemic. Prom, graduation ceremonies, college trips and other cancelled events are highly anticipated, so your teen may feel a sense of loss at missing these milestones.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to be a role model for your teen, helping them to cope with disappointment and plan for the future. If your teen is starting college in the Fall, encourage them to focus on preparing for life away from home rather than dwell on what they have lost.
If you are concerned that your teen has significant anxiety or depression, please schedule a visit (either in person or by Telemedicine) so that we can discuss their feelings and help develop their coping skills.
Breastfeeding and COVID-19
Breastfeeding can help protect infants from infection, and breastfed infants are less likely to have severe respiratory symptoms, so breastfeeding your baby may help protect against COVID-19. There is no evidence that a baby can get COVID-19 from breastmilk, even if the mother is infected.
An infected Mom can pass the virus to her baby through respiratory secretions. If possible, while she has symptoms a Mom should pump her breastmilk and someone else in the household should feed the baby expressed milk in a bottle. If Mom needs to care for the baby she should be sure to wear gloves and a mask.
Changes to Teen Driving Requirements
Because Department of Driver Services employees cannot maintain social distance while in a car, the state of Georgia has temporarily suspended the requirement that a 16-year-old pass a driving test to get their license. In addition, the state has also suspended the requirement that a teen have their learner’s permit for 12 months before getting their Class D license upon turning 16.
These temporary changes to state requirements do not change the responsibility that parents have to make sure their teen is ready to be behind the wheel before allowing them to drive. Make sure your teen has at least 40 hours of supervised driving before applying for their license. With reduced traffic throughout the city, now is the perfect time to get your teen comfortable driving at a variety of speeds, including the highway.
We encourage everyone to continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please contact our office with any further questions or concerns.
Peachtree Park Pediatrics
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Peachtree Park Pediatrics strives to deliver up-to-date primary care to our infant, child, and young adult patients in a welcoming and family-friendly environment. The practice has deep roots in the Atlanta community, and it is our continued honor to be entrusted with the health care of our next generation.