Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
Dear parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
We continually strive to provide you with the most up to date information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for pandemic-related updates including the latest CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantining, answers to common COVID questions, and more.
Update on Isolation and Quarantine
The CDC has updated guidance on isolation after COVID illness or a positive test and quarantine after exposure to COVID.
This diagram shows you how to respond to positive tests or exposure:
Answers to Common Questions About COVID
Someone in the house has tested positive for COVID. Now what?
- Follow the diagram above for isolation and quarantine.
- Isolation means a person has been diagnosed with COVID.
- Quarantine means that you have been exposed to COVID but not yet diagnosed.
Is there medication to treat COVID?
- While the FDA has recently approved some medications to treat COVID-19, they are indicated ONLY for people 12 and older who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death.
- PPP does not prescribe medication to treat COVID-19. If you think your child is at high risk of severe COVID due to an underlying condition, contact that specialist who manages your child’s condition.
What can I do to treat my child with COVID?
- Treatment for children with COVID is SUPPORTIVE only, trying to make them comfortable.
- Fevers should be treated if the child is fussy or uncomfortable
- Use Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen at the appropriate dose and timing interval (see the practice website for details).
- Treat based on how your child feels, not what the thermometer says.
- If the temperature comes down with medicine and the child feels better, you don’t need to worry.
- Many children don’t eat well when they are sick. Make sure your child drinks enough of the liquid of their choice (milk is O.K.) to stay hydrated. Signs of hydration include wet diapers in younger children and light-yellow urine color.
- Cough and congestion
- A humidifier in the bedroom may help with cough and congestion.
- Suction and saline may be used to clear out the nose.
- There are no safe and effective cough/cold medicines for children under 6 years old.
- A spoonful of honey can help with coughing in children one year and older.
- Children 6 and older can use Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. No OTC medicine is consistently effective; choose one that seems to match your child’s symptoms.
When should I be worried about my child with COVID?
Contact our office for the following concerns:
- Fever that does not come down with the appropriate dose of medicine or child who does not feel better when the temperature comes down with medicine.
- A child who is not drinking and has poor urine output.
- Coughing that is keeping your child from eating and sleeping.
- Increased effort to breathe
- Persistent rapid breathing
- Breathing harder (pulling in at the ribs)
- Breathing that interferes with eating and sleeping
- In older children, difficulty speaking due to shortness of breath
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.