As many of you have heard, the state is continuing to expand its criteria for eligibility for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine!
Starting March 8th, parents of children with certain complex medical conditions who are at high risk for COVID complications may receive the vaccine. In addition, beginning March 15, children ages 16 and up with certain medical conditions that increase their risk of severe illness from COVID-19 will also become eligible for vaccination. A list of these qualifying medical conditions is listed on the Georgia Department of Public Health website: dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine. When scheduling vaccination appointments, parents may be asked screening questions to verify their child’s condition, but they do not need a letter or documentation to confirm their child’s condition.
PLEASE BE AWARE THE THAT PFIZER VACCINE IS THE ONLY VACCINE CURRENTLY APPROVED FOR CHILDREN AGED 16 AND OLDER.
Our office does not currently have any COVID-19 vaccines for patients or parents. To locate a vaccine site, please go to myvaccinegeorgia.comOR vaccinefinder.org. Our office does not know when we will receive the vaccine to give to children and teens; we will let you when we have more information.
Does your child have ADHD/ADD? Is your child on medication for ADHD/ADD prescribed by our office?
At Piedmont Pediatrics, we are frequently evaluating our office policies and making sure we are providing the best care for your child. For those patients currently on ADHD/ADD meds prescribed by one of our doctors, we are changing our follow-up visit guidelines.
As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, in addition to a yearly physical exam, your child will need to have a medication check with one of our doctors or nurse practitioners every THREE MONTHS. The Six-Month follow-up visit will need to take place in our office so that we can obtain vital signs, but the Three-Month and Nine-Month follow-up visits may be telemedicine virtual visits if desired.
This visit schedule must be followed for your child to continue to receive medication refills, as it is important to make sure that your doctor is carefully monitoring the efficacy and side effects of these medications. Please let us know if you have any questions about this new policy.
In-person learning is returning, and well-child checkup season is coming. If your child needs forms for camp, school, or sports, your child must have had a well-child visit in our office within the past 12 months.
Our summer check-up schedule fills up fast, so please call now to make your child's annual well-child check-up.
We had a great turnout at our Food Parenting 101 Live Virtual Event last month. We discussed how mealtime battles can be frustrating and stressful for the family. By focusing on strategies on how to use patience during the process, finding the balance between structure and flexibility, and encouraging autonomy you can help your child become a more confident and adventurous eater.
In case you missed it we will be hosting another live event soon. Stay tuned for details!
March is National Nutrition Month! This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate”. Consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) can help your child and family find strategies to develop a realistic and appropriate eating plan that works for everyone.
How can you personalize your plate?
Here are some tips:
Plan your week out! Set time aside one day per week
Fuel for school or work with a healthful breakfast.
Choose nutrient-dense snacks-snack smartly and deliciously!
1/2 cup raw cacao nips, dark or milk chocolate chocolate chips/chunks
1/4 cup goji berries, can also use dried cranberries or cherries
To make more allergy-friendly, use gluten-free oats and/or Enjoy Life Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips
If vegan, omit the honey and use maple syrup
Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Combine peanut/almond butter, honey and/or pure maple syrup and vanilla in a small bowl. Add nut butter mixture to oat mixture, and stir well. Use hands to further mix, this is a great sensory activity for kiddos as well.
Shape into balls using about 1 1/2 Tbsp of mixture per ball. Refrigerate to store. Make a double batch and freeze extras!
Need more helpful tips or guidance on feeding your family? Schedule your nutrition consultation today or check out upcoming classes.
Did you know Piedmont Pediatrics has an Allergy Clinic?
Piedmont Pediatrics offer in-house Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy! If you're concerned that your child may be suffering from seasonal allergies, don't hesitate to call our office and schedule an appointment at 404-351-6662. At Piedmont Pediatrics, Abigail Ivie, APRN, is on staff and readily available to diagnose and treat your child's symptoms. Whether your child is dealing with seasonal allergies or allergic asthma, Abby can help create a custom treatment plan for your child. Visit our website to learn more about our allergy clinic.
Does your child have asthma and need daily maintenance medication?
We recommend our child be seen every 6 months for an asthma recheck. Book your follow-up appointment today!
Picky eater? Feeding challenges? Worried about your child's weight? Looking to remaster your family's health goals?
Our registered dietician, Colleen Diestelhorst, RDN, can provide in-depth nutrition assessment and counseling to help with a variety of concerns. You may visit our website to learn more about Piedmont Pediatrics nutrition services.
Need a telemedicine visit?
Some concerns can be addressed via telemedicine. Our phone nurses can help guide you in setting up telemedicine appointments. Visit our website to learn more about our telemedicine visits.
We now offer ear piercing!
Ear piercing is now available to children 4 months of age and older. The child must have had 2 doses of DTaP prior to the ear-piercing procedure.
Piedmont Pediatrics is committed to providing you with exceptional care. As you know, many changes have taken place In the healthcare industry. Amongst these changes is the rise in administrative costs of operating a doctor’s office. Services that were once covered by insurance are now either partially covered, covered under certain medical necessity or not covered. We want to continue to provide the highest quality of medical care to our families, but unfortunately, this includes providing services that your insurance company no longer covers. Over the past several years, Piedmont Pediatrics has absorbed the cost of these non-covered services. In the current environment, this has become unsustainable.
After much consideration, Piedmont Pediatrics finds it necessary to charge an Annual Administrative Fee (AAF) of $20.00 per patient with a minimum of $50.00 per family with three or more children. This fee is intended to help cover services such as maintaining medical records, prior-authorization, completion of immunization records, school forms, sports forms, FMLA forms, daycare forms, insurance filings and applications, email correspondences, etc. Your insurance company will not cover the annual administrative fee or any of these services. Your out-of-pocket expenses will be lower by charging an annual administrative fee then charging you for individual services.
All patients who are up to date with their annual administrative fee will allow our staff to provide you with consistent, efficient, timely patient correspondence, medical record maintenance, and completion of forms throughout the year. You may speak with a receptionist to pay your annual administrative fee (AAF).
We at Piedmont Pediatrics cherish the opportunity to care for your children and thank you for your understanding.