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Health Information For Parents
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put many doctor visits on hold. So, fewer kids are getting the medical care they need.
But kids should see their doctors as needed, for well-child visits and other care. Here’s what parents should know about visiting the doctor during this time.
Even during the pandemic, it’s important for kids to have their growth, development, and well-being tracked by a doctor. This is especially true for newborns and children with complex health conditions. Finding health problems during checkups lets doctors give care to prevent them from getting worse. Not seeing a doctor until symptoms are more serious can affect a child’s long-term health.
Find out how your health care provider is doing regular checkups. Some do virtual visits through telehealth or phone calls. Others offer in-person visits during special times when only healthy children are present. Some even go out to the parking lot to see patients in their cars.
Children still should get all their vaccines on schedule. Skipping vaccines could put them at risk for diseases that vaccines can prevent, such as measles and whooping cough. These illnesses have made a comeback, possibly because some kids are not getting their vaccinations. As stay-at-home orders start to ease, children can be exposed to these germs when in public. Those who aren’t protected by vaccines will be more likely to get infected. Kids with an infection may have a harder time getting better if they also get COVID-19.
Children will still get bellyaches, ear infections, anxiety, and other health problems. Doctors are open for business and ready to help make kids feel better. Call your doctor’s office to ask what to do. They will tell you whether you need an in-person visit or if telehealth is an option. They also can tell you what to do if your child needs care right away and they’re not available.
Call 911 right away if your child might have a health emergency. Signs include your child turning blue, not breathing, being very hard to wake or rouse, or being unconscious.
Otherwise, it’s always a good idea to call your doctor’s office for advice or instructions. They might offer help over the phone or guide you to a local urgent care center or a hospital’s emergency department. If you worry about crowds or a long wait at the ER, know that they’re not as busy now due to social distancing, stay-at-home guidelines, and the use of telehealth.
If you visit a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital in person, they will make it safe for you and your child. To prevent the spread of the virus, they:
There’s still much to learn about COVID-19. Still, parents wonder what to do if their child gets sick during the pandemic. Here’s what doctors say to do if your child has coronavirus symptoms.
These age-specific guides can help you be prepared for and keep track of your well-child visits.
Should you head to the ER when your child is hurt or ill? What about an urgent care center? Different problems need different levels of care, and you have many options.
Telehealth is changing health care. Find out how things like video doctor visits can benefit you and your family.
We’re learning more about coronavirus (COVID-19) every day. Here are answers to some questions you may have about symptoms, care, and protecting your family.
Knowing what to expect when you need to take your child to the emergency room can help make it a little less stressful.
In an emergency, it’s hard to think clearly about your kids’ health information. Here’s what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
Now that coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading through communities in many countries, the best way to fight this spread is for everyone to practice social distancing. Here’s what that means.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s especially important to help protect kids with asthma from having flare-ups.
Children must be over age 2 to wear a face covering or mask. So parents might wonder how they can help protect their babies and toddlers from coronavirus (COVID-19).
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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