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COVID-19 Update – Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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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.

Should Kids Wear Masks?

With the recent recommendation to wear masks when out in public, parents have asked if this applies to children. This article has some common-sense recommendations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/parenting/coronavirus-kids-masks.html

For safety reasons, masks are not recommended for children under 2 year of age.  Masks are most useful if your children will be in situations where it is difficult to keep 6 feet of distance from others.  When going on walks or playing outside, masks are not necessary.  Since children may be contagious with minimal or no symptoms, masks can help protect others when your child needs to be out in public (like a trip to our office).

 

Regular Follow-up for Children with Chronic Conditions

Children with stable, long-term diagnoses need to be seen periodically, especially if they are taking medicine regularly.  This includes patients with Asthma, ADHD, Depression, Allergies and Anxiety.  Since your children have more free time with distance learning and no sports or after-school activities, this is the perfect time to schedule a follow-up visit, either in-person or by Telemedicine.  Our office is beginning to reach out to families to schedule a visit if the patient hasn’t been seen in 3 or more months.

 

New Generic Albuterol Inhaler

The FDA recently approved a new generic of the Albuterol (ProAir) inhaler used by children with Asthma.  We are happy to prescribe generic medicines, when appropriate, to help families save money.  During the pandemic, some pharmacies report shortages of inhalers, but typically we can substitute an equivalent product.  If your child is using Albuterol more than twice a week their Asthma is not well controlled and you should call our office to schedule an appointment.

 

Captain Parenting

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has shared information about a parenting technique called Captain Parenting:

https://md.choa.org/~/media/Physicians%20Portal/Coronavirus/PC%20Physician%20Town%20Hall_April%208_Stress%20Buster%20Moment.pdf?la=en

Children are assigned an age-appropriate task (like doing the dishes or taking out the trash) and paid weekly (the suggested rate is $1 per year of age) based on their job performance.  The money earned is divided into savings, charitable giving and discretionary spending.  This helps kids learn about responsibility, consequences, budgeting and other life skills.  Since you and your children are spending more time at home it may be worth trying.

 


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.

Sincerely,
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.


Peachtree Park Pediatrics
3193 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 250
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
404-351-1131
www.peachtreeparkpeds.com/