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Please remember that your child must remain at home and isolate if diagnosed with COVID-19.  The required time for isolation is 10 days from the start of symptoms or 10 days from the date of the positive test.  This period of isolation may end after 10 days if your child does not have a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and symptoms are improving.
Competitive Sports and COVID-19
If your child participates in competitive sports, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that she be evaluated by one of our providers in the office after the 10 day isolation period but before returning to play.  At this visit, your provider will review the sports pre-participation screening questions and perform a physical examination.  If the preparticipation screening evaluation and examination are normal, your provider will discuss with your child a gradual return to play after 10 days have passed from the date of the positive test result and a minimum of 24 hours symptom-free off fever-reducing medications.  For some patients, further evaluation and clearance by Cardiology may be necessary before return to sports. 

Piedmont Pediatrics now has both rapid and PCR COVID-19 tests- please make an appointment with your provider if your child may need testing.


Remastering Your Family's Health Goals

after 2020

A message from our Nutritionist, Colleen Diestelhorst, MS, RDN, LD:

"Without hesitation, I think it's safe to say this past year has been tough.  Whether you've been faced with high stress, job uncertainty, less time for yourself, illness, more demands in childcare, and involvement in our children's schooling, one thing is certain, we have spent more time in the kitchen, and around food in general. More time together may have meant more cooking, and more time eating together, but also, unhealthy habits created along the way. We had to do what was needed to survive, and while more time at home brought some positive changes for some, many of us are ready to return to a healthier way of eating. The New Year is often about a time to start fresh, but this year more than ever we are craving positive change toward bettering ourselves and creating a more healthful environment at home.

Join me for a virtual event discussing useful strategies to create new habits and break some old habits. Whatever your goal is to move, get on a better sleep pattern, eat more family meals together, or simply reset your thought process toward food. This class is focused on healthy behaviors."

Food Parenting 101
Virtual Class




  A message from our Allergy Specialist, Abigail Ivie, NP,

Get ahead of your spring allergies!! 

"We want to remind you to start your treatment regimen by February 14  - Happy Valentines Day." 

Valentine's Day should always be a reminder to stock up on an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Zyrtec, Claritin, and Allegra.  Also, you want to purchase a new clean nasal spray such as Flonase or Nasacort - your old nasal spray from last spring is probably yucky. Finally, call for refills on any of your allergy prescriptions!

If you don't have an allergy regimen, or if you need help combating spring allergies, call our office to make an appointment in our Allergy Clinic for your customized plan.

Click here to learn more about our Allergy Clinic.

Abigail Ivie, APRN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Allergy Specialist



We are pleased to now offer Lactation Consulting Services to our patients who have recently welcomed newborns into their families. These services will be provided by Barbara Koval, NP, a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, who has been a valuable member of our team for the last 7 years in providing general pediatric care to our patients.

Barbara received her Master's degree in the Science of Nursing at Emory University in 2001.  She started her career as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Room at Children's Health Care of Atlanta and worked there for 13 years before joining the team at Piedmont Pediatrics.  She has a passion for helping Moms navigate the process of breastfeeding their infants and creating positive outcomes for their families. She has 3 school-age herself and knows first hand the challenges that breastfeeding presents to Moms and newborns.

Barbara can provide in-depth lactation counseling to help with a variety of concerns, including:
  • Newborn latch.
  • Infant feeding positions.
  • Management of Mom's milk supply.
  •  Breastfeeding Schedule.
  • Education on different types of pumps and how they work.
  • Navigating the different breastfeeding gadgets on the market.
  • Nutrition while breastfeeding.
  • Previous breast surgery and medications that could affect milk supply.
  • Breastfeeding the older infant when starting solids.
We're excited to offer this service and look forward to our families with newborns getting to work with Barbara.

Barbara Koval, APRN
Certified Breastfeeding Specialist



When we think of toddlerhood and those early years, we often think of the tantrums, the “terrible twos and threes”, and the often seemingly unrelentingly irrationality of this stage of development. Much of this behavior begins as toddlers begin the important developmental stage of recognizing their own will and then begin asserting their independence. As we know, toddlers and preschoolers often make poor choices and have many unreasonable requests. My favorite example is thinking of 3-year-old demanding blueberries but insisting that they cannot be blue. While these behaviors and requests are often trying and exhausting, it is incredibly important to focus your attention on the many good choices and positive behaviors your young child exhibits. The more you stay attuned and praise your children, the more likely they will learn to recognize their good choices and the behavior will be repeated. Stay focused on the positive moments… when they follow directions, get dressed without struggle, pick up their toys, share with siblings, or try new food. Make sure and praise the specific behavior. “I love how you shared your blocks with your brother. That was so kind.” And follow-up your praise with a hug, pat on the back, or a high five. Lastly, during those difficult moments, remember your sweet little toddler is an important developmental stage of learning independence. They will become more reasonable as they grow, so take a deep breath and focus on those positive moments.

If you need parenting support or have any developmental, learning, or behavioral concerns please call your primary doctor or make an appointment with Dr. Sara Hoffenberg.



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