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To our Piedmont Pediatric families,
We hope you are all enjoying your summer!  Please see our link below to a very helpful and thorough checklist on summer safety tips.  We know the last couple of weeks have been very stressful and worrisome as we have seen COVID numbers surge in our area.  We have included some very important reminders about COVID protocols and how to approach various situations if you or your child test positive or has been in contact with someone else who is positive.  Also. we know the news that several public school systems will be going virtual for the start of the school year was disappointing and poses a difficult home situation for many families for various reasons. If your school is planning to be on campus, please take all precautions to follow your school guidelines and make choices that are best for your individual family based on whether you have high-risk family situations (ie. elderly family members in the home, newborns or pregnant women, family member with chronic illness or immune deficiency, etc).  In this time of ever-changing protocols and situations that are often out of our control, we hope we can be of support in any way possible. 

https://www.seattlechildrens.org/globalassets/documents/for-patients-and-families/ce/CE135-summer-safety-tips.pdf

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.

Are You Seeing a Rise In Sibling Conflict?

As our families have more time together than ever, parents may likely observe an increase in conflict between siblings. Our children are using this important relationship to learn conflict resolution, negotiation, and perspective taking. While it is of course tiring as parents to listen to our children, bicker, argue, and push each other’s buttons, they are developing positive skills behind all of the noise. The sibling relationship is often the building ground for learning how to handle frustration and learning cooperation. With that being said, there certainly are strategies that you can use to help develop these important skills. It is important to honor their frustrations while staying calm. Take a few deep breaths before you respond to model the importance of keeping your cool even when you are frustrated. Remind yourself frequently that conflict in the sibling relationship is incredibly normal. Try not to assume blame or determine who is at fault, especially if you did not observe the entire conflict. Encourage your children to take a break and encourage personal space when the frustration gets too high. Allow your children to express their feelings in a quiet space. Listen to each of them with empathy and support their developing conflict resolution skills. Once they are calm, encourage them to talk with each other in a respectful way. It is also important to find frequent opportunities for special time for your children to enjoy each other’s company. Sit with them and create a list of things they enjoy doing together; and set aside the time for them to find the joy in growing up with one another. If you need parenting support please call your primary doctor or make a Telemed appointment with Dr. Sara Hoffenberg.

Sweet Summer Fruits: Spotlight on Cherries

 

Cherry’s dark, rich color reflects their high levels of nutrient-packed antioxidants. Part of the stone fruit family, sweet cherries are also a good source of vitamin C and fiber, in fact, 1 cup supplies about 3 grams of tummy-friendly fiber. Cherries have been widely studied for their anti-inflammatory benefits and effects on recovery following endurance sports and exercise.

Choose firm red cherries with stems attached. Sweet cherries can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, and rinse just before eating. Once pitted, cherries can be frozen for later use or for smoothies!

Here are some ideas on how to incorporate cherries: Add to smoothies, baked goods such as crumble bars and cookies, top or cook in oatmeal, tossed in a spinach salad with feta cheese, pine nuts, and balsamic vinaigrette, you can make cherry jam, or use dried cherries in trail mix with almonds, cashews, and dark chocolate chips or simply enjoy a bowl of fresh cherries on a hot day. 
 
They even make cherry pitters, and believe me, this is one kitchen gadget that rarely gets put back in the drawer in our home all summer long!
 
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