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FLU SHOT CLINICS WILL BEGIN AFTER LABOR DAY 
More details to follow!!
 
To our Piedmont Pediatrics Families,

The month of August generally brings summer to an end as you and your children prepare for the return to school. This usually means it’s time to complete those required school health screenings, to schedule an appointment for updates to vaccines, to complete that pre-participation sports evaluation,  to review current medications, and to schedule a visit to the pediatrician for other health-related concerns you may have.  However, this year presents us with a different scenario.  With the suspension of school last spring, the expansion of online learning, and many months at home with your families, the biggest question on your mind right now is probably “Is it safe for my children to return to school?” 
The American Academy of Pediatrics has looked at this question very seriously over the last several months and says that children learn best in person for a variety of reasons. Having presented that advice as expert opinion to leaders across the country, the AAP also cautions us as parents and educators to ensure necessary and careful safety measures are in place before school begins. Working together as a team, educators, parents, and healthcare experts will help guide you toward the best decision for you and your family. This includes all of us continuously looking at the spread of COVID-19 in your community, which may dictate whether or not your child returns to in-person or virtual learning.
The AAP has outlined a list of recommendations schools should consider when reopening:
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Position desks 3-6 feet apart
  • Reduce the number of students and staff in a classroom
  • Move teachers between classrooms, not students
  • Allow lunches to be eaten at desks or outside
  • Use outdoor spaces when possible
  • Require masks for all adults and older students
  • Consider going virtual if the virus surges
While this year may not look like the school of previous years, ensuring your child’s safety is our top priority. For children with high-risk medical conditions or other issues, you may want to speak with your pediatrician and school staff to help you decide whether or not it is safe for your child to return to school. For more information and suggestions on the return to school during COVID-19, visit www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Return-to-School-During-COVID-19.aspxwww.healthychildren.org.
Thank you for your trust in us as we continue to adapt and recover from COVID-19.

 


Do you ever worry that maybe your child suffers from fall allergies? If he/she shows signs of runny nose, sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes and/or cough that lasts longer than 3 days without fever, it might be due to environmental allergies. At this time of year, certain weeds and grasses are pollinating which unfortunately causes these symptoms for many of us and our children.  Now is the time to start your child’s fall allergy treatment regimen IF you have one...but IF you need help determining the best approach for your child, call our office at 404-351-6662 to schedule your allergy consultation/testing appointment in our allergy clinic with our Nurse Practitioner Abby Ivie. We offer environmental allergen scratch testing to patients 4 years and older, as well as immunotherapy (allergy shots) to patients 5 years and older who would benefit from this treatment. 
 
Some Fall Allergy Prevention Tips:
1. Keep windows closed on those beautiful fall days
2. Shower nightly, including rinsing hair, on days kids play outside
3. Saline spray to the nose helps rinse out pollens. 
 
For more info on fall allergies see links below:
 
Fall allergy info: 
https://acaai.org/news/four-things-you-might-not-know-about-fall-allergies
 
Back to school for children with allergies or asthma: 
https://acaai.org/news/back-school-year-far-back-normal-kids-allergies-and-asthma


Tips from our child psychologist:

August is usually a time filled with new school year excitement as well as a bit of uncertainty and stress for us and our children. This year, the layers of anxiety and stress are exponentially higher as we walk a path we haven’t walked before. How will I manage virtual school while also taking care of my other responsibilities? Is it even possible to assist in teaching my child while also working my full-time job? Will my child be safe at school? How can I ensure the safety of my child, family, and their wonderful teachers? Will school close again?
 
All of these questions and many more fill our minds and add additional stress to each of us as well as our children. While both honoring and acknowledging how difficult this time is, it is also critical to remember that flexible resilient parents raise flexible resilient children. In these times, we have the opportunity to model positive coping while also finding the silver lining. Some strategies to make this fall most successful include getting back on schedule. Children thrive on a schedule, especially when they are getting enough sleep, having healthy regular meals, and know what the daily expectations are. Stay in frequent communication with their teachers to make sure your child is on track. Talk to your child about the changes in their world and how they are experiencing them. Stay positive, while also honoring their experience. Answer their questions honestly, even if the answer is “I don’t know”. Establish new family traditions, such as a recurring game night, make a family art wall, work on puzzles together, create a tradition around cooking, family hiking or yoga, or make a memory book of this time. Also, make sure to set aside time for yourself. Your positivity is contagious to your children and will help them look back on this time with fond memories of the time you’ve had together. Your joy and peace with the unknown will allow them to venture into the unknown later in life with an open mind and open heart. If you need parenting support please call your primary doctor or make a Telemed appointment with Dr. Sara Hoffenberg.
 
 

NEW PATIENT CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

  • You will be greeted by Piedmont Pediatrics personnel as soon as you get off the elevators on the 4th floor.
  • Temperatures will be taken upon arrival. 
  • The patient and parent/guardian are required to wear a mask, so please bring a mask from home.

Important COVID-19 Reminders

  • Due to limitations in COVID test supply and PPE supply, Piedmont Pediatrics is NOT able to do routine COVID testing at this time.
  • If someone TESTS POSITIVE for COVID and HAS SYMPTOMS, he/she must isolate at home until fever-free for 72 hrs without fever-reducing meds, symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since the first day of symptoms. All household members must quarantine for 14 days. 
  • If someone has been in close contact (less than 6 feet apart for longer than 10-15 min) with anyone who is symptomatic and/or has tested positive for COVID, he/she needs to quarantine for the next 14 days REGARDLESS OF A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT.
  • If someone has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID, he/she could develop the illness/symptoms or get a positive test ANYTIME in the next 14 days.
  • If someone is ASYMPTOMATIC but TESTS POSITIVE for COVID, he/she must isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test (assuming no symptoms have developed).
  • We  strongly recommend that all people over 2 years old wear masks when in public areas and whenever social distancing is not possible.
  • FOR SCHEDULED CHECKUPS: if you or your child has been EXPOSED or TESTED POSITIVE to COVID within the last 14 days, please call to RESCHEDULE.
  • If you would like to discuss COVID exposure or test results, please call the office and schedule a TELEMED appt with your doctor.
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