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.
Symptoms of COVID-19 Infection
Recently the CDC added to the list of symptoms that can indicate COVID-19 infections. The original reported symptoms were fever, cough and shortness of breath. Added symptoms include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. This may help explain people who test positive with mild or no symptoms. The evidence continues to indicate that children typically have milder disease than adults. If your child has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call our office to discuss home management and whether an in-person or Telemedicine visit would be indicated.
Why PPP is the Best Place for Your Child’s Sports Physical
When schools resume in the Fall (we hope), students will need to be up to date on their immunizations to attend. Immunizations may be indicated at any check-up; the 4-year, 11-year and 16-year visits are particularly important in getting your child the vaccines she/he needs for school.
In addition, athletes will need a current check-up or Sports Physical to participate in their sport. For some parents, it is tempting to use the Minute Clinic or other retail-based clinics for these school requirements. However, PPP has many advantages over these locations:
- We know you and your child
- We take a comprehensive view of your child’s physical and mental health, not just focusing on the narrow requirements for school attendance
- We coordinate care with Specialists
- We are dedicated solely to the care of children and teens. You don’t share our office with senior citizens or adults with chronic health problems like Emphysema, Diabetes or Hypertension
If your child is due for their annual check-up that visit also serves as the Sports Physical. If they have had a check-up recently we can do a quick Sports Exam to meet school requirements.
New Executive Order from Governor Kemp
Last week the Governor issued a new Executive Order that goes into effect on Friday, May 1st. Provisions include:
- Social Distancing recommendations remain in effect until May 13th
- The Shelter-in-place order remains in effect for the elderly, the immunocompromised and those with chronic medical conditions like Moderate to Severe Asthma
- Everyone is encouraged to wear masks outside the home, except when eating, drinking or exercising. Remember that masks are not recommended for children under 2 years old.
- Gatherings of more than 10 people remain prohibited
The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to recommend that children should not go to public playgrounds and should not have play-dates. Encourage your children to focus on finishing the school year, hoping that social distancing guidelines can be loosened towards the end of May.
The End of the Beginning
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic will definitely be a marathon and we are clearly still in the early days. Dr. Birx, White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator, states that some form of social distancing will be necessary through the summer. Help your children keep things in perspective by reminding them that we won’t return to normal for many months and keeping them from being discouraged, especially as the distraction of school ends.
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.