We appreciate that COVID19 has created a great deal of concern in our families and patients. We also want to acknowledge that we are all pulled in two directions: to take recommended (and what one month ago, would have seemed like dramatic if not unthinkable) steps and to convey calm and reassurance to our children, who learn how to handle adversity from the adults around them. We must all hold both these values as we move forward.
It also must be said at the outset that thus far COVID19 does not cause serious disease in otherwise healthy children. Children do play a role in the spread of the virus to others at higher risk.
We, at Pediatric Associates, endorse sound private hygiene and public measures to increase “social distancing.” The goal of these steps is to slow the spread of COVID19 so that our overall health care system is not overwhelmed.
Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself and Your Family
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if not able to use soap and water.
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands
- Stay home if you are sick
- It is time to FaceTime or Skype grandparents, even healthy children should not visit the elderly.
- If your child has a history of asthma: we recommend you begin preventative care now (inhaled steroids like QVAR or Flovent, “the orange inhalers”), as if your child was ill. Just to be safe.
- Follow the recommendations of your local School and Public Health Board
- Avoid public gatherings where you must be within six feet of others for more than fifteen minutes.
- Remember the basics: eat well, get sleep and get exercise. A note on this – as more schools close, you will have energetic kids at home. It is COMPLEYELY SAFE to get outside to exercise, or go for walks in the woods.
Visits to Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
For the time being, we have reduced our office hours and will only be open until 6PM on weekdays.
Many of you have asked if Pediatrics Associates continues to do well child visits during the COVID19 pandemic? The answer is yes.
We want you to know that we have taken important steps to make our office and care as safe as possible so that we can continue to provide good preventative care to all infants and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, in this time of infectious challenges it is all the more important for infants and toddlers, especially, to get their routine immunizations.
Here are the steps we’ve taken to make your visit to P.A.W. safe:
We reserve the morning for well child visits only. The office is cleaned and left empty for 14 hours prior to this session.
We no longer see patients with any sign of infections, such as fever, sore throat, or cough in the office. We do our best to manage these problems by video virtual visits. If a patient who we suspect has any infection must be seen, s/he/they are seen outside the office in a “car visit.”
We continue to see non-infectious sick visits – headaches, injuries, mental health and behavior, etc. - in the afternoon.
Morning or afternoon, every room is thoroughly cleaned before it is used again.
When families come into the office, we minimize any interactions with the staff
you will talk with the front staff through the glass to check in and all payments/interactions are being mailed home and not taken at the desk.
The waiting rooms are closed and you will be escorted into a room directly. In the rare instance that there is a wait, we will ask you to wait in your car and call you when we are ready.
Finally, our entire staff wears masks the entire time they are in the office in order to minimize any spread of COVID19.
We feel strongly that we all do our part to keep the COVID19 pandemic from becoming the cause of other infectious outbreaks. As such, the 2, 4, 6, 12, 15 and 24 month as well as four- and eleven-year old appointments are of particular importance.
We appreciate how frightening a time this is. Please know that Pediatric Associates take our role in your lives very seriously and do everything we can to be a safe and helpful partner in the health and well-being of your children.
Regarding possible COVID sick visits:
- If the patient is not ill, the patient should stay home for 14 days
- If the patient is ill, please call our office to schedule a virtual visit (via a video platform) so that we can determine if further evaluation is needed.
A Note on Testing: We do not yet test people in our office. The testing situation in our state is changing from day to day.