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To our Piedmont Pediatric families,

We know that during this pandemic, schedule and routines have felt almost impossible: kids sleeping in later (which sometimes can be welcomed!), skipping meals,  difficulty getting to the grocery store, too much technology, and snacking around the clock…sound familiar???!! We want our PP families to know that we are here for you -  healthy eating CAN happen despite virtual school and postponed extracurriculars!  Whether in-person or virtual, school is resuming soon and while there are still many unanswered questions, a more regular schedule will hopefully return. Here are some tips from our registered dietician nutritionist Colleen Diestelhorst RDN, on how to start making small changes to get you back on track:
 
  1. Meal planning. Make a list and use the weekend to plan out the week, this will save you time and the last-minute scrambling. If you’re stuck in a rut check out a couple new recipe blogs or cookbooks or maybe even try a meal subscription service for inspiration. 
  1. Keep to a schedule that reflects their school day as much as possible, starting now. This can mean setting alarms just half-hour earlier each week until school starts. Making sure your children get a well-rounded breakfast, ideally including some protein, is key to set the tone for the rest of the day. 
  1. Stick to regular meal and snack times. This is HUGE. Just because we’re home does NOT  mean free access to the pantry!!  Why does it seem they are always in there?!???   We know this can be a hard issue to tackle, especially after months of a less than perfect schedule. Carve out regular snack times, ones that may mimic a school schedule.  Remember to let your child know WHEN the snack times will be as well as WHAT are the healthy snack options.  Not sure where to start? Make a list for your child of healthy snacks and make sure most come from the fridge and not packaged items from the pantry. Also,, limit after-dinner snacking in order to stimulate hunger for breakfast. 

If you find yourself frustrated or unsure of how to go about providing a good schedule and nutrition for your family, please see services below and contact her for an appointment at healthykids@piedmontpediatrics.org
 
    Individual Nutrition Consults
  • 60-minute Initial Nutrition Visit with one 30-minute follow-up visit
    (must use the second visit within 3 months) $125
  • 60-minute Initial Nutrition Visit with three 30-minute follow-up visits
    (Must use all visits within 1 year) $200
  • 30-minute follow up $50
General Family Nutrition
      • 90-minute General Nutrition Family Session with one 30-minute follow-up visit (Up to a family of three children) $175
      • 90-minute General Nutrition Visit with three 30-minute follow-up visits (Must use all visits within 1 year) $275
       • Follow-up Family Session $50
 


Parenting during a pandemic creates many new layers of stress, concern, and overwhelm. The most important thing to remember is to give yourself as much grace as possible during this difficult time. Parents who are calm and are able to manage their own anxieties, sadness, anger, and disappointment are far better equipped to meet their child’s emotional, social, behavioral, and academic needs.  Also give yourself a break even when your emotions run too high. As we all question how best to support our children during this unprecedented time, it is important to show compassion toward yourself while also creating a predictable environment for our children.
 
The research is very clear that children and families do best with a clear and consistent schedule. As we venture back toward school days, which will look astoundingly different from when we started school last year, keep in mind that having a clear consistent plan (even when the world outside your home seems so unpredictable) is incredibly calming and important for children of all ages. Depending on the age and developmental level of your child, have them assist you in creating a schedule, which includes following the school schedule either from home or in the school building, time outdoors, family time, spending time creating, and having time for free choice activities. Build in enough flexibility that each day will feel successful even when things do not seem to go as you planned. 
 
Remember that your children are remarkable, resilient, and strong. Each family will move through this time in their own way. Honoring who you are and who your children are is most important. Do your best to build up your children and create positive memories during this time, while continuously remembering to show kindness toward yourself and being attuned to your children’s needs. 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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