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.
Hoping and Preparing
“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” is a saying that is particularly relevant during this pandemic. Development of a vaccine to combat COVID-19 is happening at an unprecedented rate and there is a realistic hope that it will be widely available in early 2021. At the same time, a recent report estimates that the pandemic will continue for the next two years and won’t be under control until 2/3 of the world’s population is immune (from having the illness or receiving the vaccine).
Help your children focus on realistic expectations for resuming activities. Masks and social distancing will likely be necessary precautions for a long time. Remind them that returning to normal does not necessarily mean doing things the same way as before COVID-19 and help them cope with the disappointment of loss (real and perceived).
Please Wear Masks in our Office
The doctors and staff wear masks in all areas of our office to prevent ourselves from getting sick or accidentally infecting others. We ask that you and your children (over 2 years old) also wear masks in the office, if possible, to protect yourselves and others.
COVID-19 and Kawasaki Disease
There have been recent reports that a small number of children with COVID-19 have had symptoms similar to Kawasaki Disease, a rare illness that causes prolonged high fevers, red eyes, swollen glands and skin rashes. Fortunately, severe cases of COVID-19 remain rare in children. Please contact our office if your child has high fevers for more than 2-3 days, especially if accompanied by red eyes or rashes.
Should My Child Attend Camp this Summer?
Many camps and other programs have cancelled sessions in the first half of the summer, fearing that parents will not be comfortable sending their children to camp or that the facility will be unable to provide a safe environment with masks and social distancing.
Camps and other group activities are a highlight of the year for some children and may be a necessity for working parents. The decision you make whether to send your child to camp depends on your evaluation of the benefits of these experiences (to your child and the family as a whole) vs. the risks of COVID-19 and other infections. We cannot make a universal recommendation for or against camp because the risk/benefit calculation is unique to each family.
We urge you to evaluate each opportunity separately and make your decision based on your family’s needs, resisting the temptation to act simply based on what others are doing. Peer pressure applies to adults as well as teens, so set a good example for your kids by making the choice that is right for you.
A similar evaluation of risks and benefits can help you determine if your child should attend Daycare. Some Daycares may be more able to limit the number of children in each room and maintain distancing better.
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.