Coronavirus and kids.

What you need to know. 

UPDATES April 14, 2020

Yesterday, New Hanover County's Stay at Home Order was extended until April 29.As we do not have a clear picture of when quarantining is truly going to end, we at Hanover Pediatrics thought we could share some thoughts about how to help families get through the next few days and weeks.    

  1. Take care of yourself!  This is a common mantra for parenting, but it is crucial now.  Take some time for yourself to check-in and make sure you are OK.  This is just like those airplane tutorials—put your mask on first, so you can help others!  If you see a counselor or therapist, consider doing a telemedicine visit—most are trying to connect with their patients on secured websites to make sure our mental health doesn’t suffer.  

  2. Remember to reconnect as adults.  We talk about this when new children enter a family: caregivers need to remember to foster their own relationships outside of their kids.  Events like the current quarantine can be incredibly difficult for couples and for extended family.  Remembering to gather a few moments alone to reconnect is critical for your health as well as that of your children.  

  3. Get outside!  It has never been more important to enjoy the outdoors.  You will feel better, and it is an excellent opportunity for families, even those with small children, to connect and talk, play and enjoy each other’s company without the constraints of the indoors.  

  4. Eat Well.  Being quarantined is often a time where people are more likely to eat “processed” foods.  Take the extra time to prepare snacks and meals that are nutritious and delicious!  Consider making something you haven’t before and try and involve kids in meal-preparation.  Recipes are an excellent opportunity to teach and reinforce a few basic concepts in reading, writing, mathematics, and problem-solving.  You can even work on social studies/history if you are really industrious—talking about the origins of your food and tracing its path from farm to table. 

  5. Get Educated.  There is a lot of information out there, and not all of it is correct.  Spend some time reading the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website—there are several resources there about proper guidelines and precautions that are good for all illnesses, not just COVID-19.  This is an opportunity for us to practice good handwashing and hygiene measures that should be a part of our daily lives, not just during a sick season.

  6. Be honest.  Children are insightful creatures who do not do well when they can see and feel that the people they love are in distress but say that everything is fine.  If you are worried about a grandparent or a friend, or even about you or your kids – tell them that.  Make sure you are prepared for questions beforehand (see #5 above) and think about how you might answer honestly in a way that would make sense to your child at their age.  

  7. Use Common Sense.  Remember that there is nothing particularly special about COVID-19 –it is spread exactly like other viruses that cause flu-like symptoms.  Social distancing is important, but the best things you can do to keep yourself and those around you healthy are the same things you should do all of the time: wash your hands well (try singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice while washing with soap and warm water); distance yourself from those who are visibly sick and try and minimize contact with others when you are; and don’t touch your face if you have touched a surface without washing your hands.  

  8. Have Fun!  Remember that time together doesn’t have to be stressful.  Kids’ activities can seem silly sometimes, but it is a good thing to reconnect with your inner child!  Remember too that the simplest of activities can be opportunities for learning and growth.  Just being outside has a wealth of potential moments for teaching and bonding.  

 

Children don’t often say they feel anxious—they act it.  Sleeping poorly, bed-wetting, stomach aches, headaches, being tired—all of these are potential symptoms of anxiety.  If you have concerns about how your child is reacting to the current crisis, please reach out—we are more than happy to set-up a time to talk about how best to improve how they feel.  

Reminder: Please consider the availability of telemedicine visits.  
We are structuring our days so that we are only seeing essential wellness visits (2 and under, older children who need immunizations) in the office.  Visits for illness are being done virtually. 

Walk-In Clinic
Due to COVID-19 virus concerns, our Walk-in Clinic will be closed Saturday April 18.
We will be available for telemedicine on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

UPDATED April 3 2020

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers:


We hope that you are all safe and comfortable at home. Here's what we are doing to help keep you and your children's health and wellness a top priority.

1. Please consider the availability of telemedicine visits.  
We are structuring our days so that we are only seeing essential wellness visits (2 and under, older children who need immunizations) in the office.  Visits for illness are being done virtually. 

Learn more

2. Wellness appointment news

  • If you or your child are sick and have a wellness appointment, we will ask you to reschedule at a time when your child and you are well; including cough & congestion without fever. 

  • We are limiting well visits in the office to the child and one caregiver only. 

  • We are not currently rescheduling non-essential wellness visits and other non-urgent issues until New Hanover County lifts the stay at home order. 

 

3. Walk-In Clinic
Due to COVID-19 virus concerns, our Walk-in Clinic will be closed Saturday, April 4. 
We will be available for telemedicine on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

We ask for your patience during this time and will try and see your child as quickly as well are able.

Questions? Want to schedule a telemedicine consult? 
Please call us at 910-769-4994.


Be safe!
The Staff at Hanover Pediatrics

UPDATED March 23 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

We wanted to take a moment to share with you the latest measures we are taking to put your family's health and safety first during these challenging weeks ahead. 

  • We are seeing well visits at our office in the morning only for children age 2 and under for the next 2 weeks. 

  • Patients should call the office on arrival for instructions regarding survey completion and entrance. 

  • Illness visits are being seen in the afternoons. All patients will be pre-screened prior to scheduling,

  • Behavioral and chronic problem management visits are being postponed for the next 2 weeks.  Urgent needs can be addressed on an individual basis.

  • We are not currently testing for COVID-19.

  • We are operating with limited staff due to the risk of exposure, so please bear with us for the next few weeks.

 

For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx
Or
For local health news please visit: https://www.nhrmc.org/coronavirus.

 

Please call our office at 910-769-4994 with any questions
 
Stay healthy and be safe,
 
Hoke Pollock, M.D.
Kelly Capobianco, NP-C

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