Our patients’ safety and well-being are of the utmost importance at Maryland Farms Pediatrics. In keeping with that, we will be making some more changes starting Monday, March 30th through the end of April. The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to recommend routine well visits for children requiring immunizations. Rather than doing well visits throughout the day, we will concentrate our well visits in the morning and see sick patients in the afternoon. If you need to schedule a well visit in the afternoon, there are still some available appointments. If your child is sick and needs to be seen urgently (before the afternoon), please call the office; one of our nurses will return your call.
Just some reminders about coronavirus… There is not a specific treatment for coronavirus. We recommend symptomatic management and supportive care:
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for pain/fever (ibuprofen can only be given in children older than 6 months)
- Increase fluids (water, breastmilk, formula, Pedialyte)
- Cough or cold medications (if older than 4 years)
Seek medical care if fever greater than 102 for longer than 24 hours, fever (100.4F or higher) in kids 2 months and younger, fever lasting longer than 5 days, breathing difficulties (barking cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, or respiratory distress), persistent ear pain, or sore throat without runny nose or cough.
If you are concerned that your child may have COVID-19 (based on contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19), please call our office and notify the front desk. We will give you instructions on how to proceed.
Continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water (sing Happy Birthday twice) or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face, and keep on practicing social distancing!
We’re all in this together. If for some reason you have a large stockpile of N95/surgical masks or Lysol/Clorox wipes at your house, please consider donating them to us as they are in short supply. Please call us if you have any questions, and we will keep you posted as recommendations change. Thank you for trusting us with the care of your children!
-The Maryland Farms Pediatrics Team
Resources for information:
- Tennessee Department of Health – https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html
- CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
- COVID-19 Public Information Hotline: 877.857.2945 or 833.556.2476 (available daily, 10am – 10pm)