IRONDEQUOIT PEDIATRICS COVID 19 UPDATES 4/13/20
We hope that this finds you well as the quarantine continues, and we all get used to this “new normal” way of life. As always, we remain your Medical Home. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any health care, mental health, or other needs.
We are pleased that, for the most part, insurance companies are covering the costs of phone, portal, and video visits. Our billing department is standing by to answer any of your questions should you hear differently from your insurance company.
We continue to see all well, behavior, mental health, and most sick visits over telemedicine. At the same time, we have arranged safe times in the office for kids to receive examinations, tests, and vaccines. For many well visits, we will do the “talking part” and developmental screening part of the well visit as a video visit. We are working on a safe way to see all patients for in person well exams in the near future and will keep you updated.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be a threat to our community. We expect in the next few weeks to see a decrease in the number of cases because our community has done a good job of “flattening the curve”. We continue to strongly encourage social distancing for all. Here are some tips for staying physically and mentally healthy during quarantine:
- Stick to a routine. Make a schedule that includes self-care time each day. Kids thrive on routine! It helps to write out a schedule that kids can follow each day.
- Schedule fun time. One suggestion is a theme “party” once per week. Have the kids and other family members involved in choosing the theme.
- Get outside for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Find some time to move each day.
- Reach out to others at least once per day. Connecting with others helps improve mood. Now is a great time to reconnect with others with whom you have not talked to in a while! Take advantage of Skype or other video chats.
- Spend time playing with your children. Take advantage of this forced down time to connect with your kids. Playing is a way that kids will express their feelings and will give them a chance to connect with you.
- Stay hydrated and eat well.
- Expect that kids will have some challenging behaviors, and plan to respond gently. Kids are likely to have increased worries, anxiety, meltdowns, sleep issues, etc. The most important thing for parents to do is to respond with love and stability – do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences during this time.
- Give everyone the benefit of doubt. Everyone is doing their best to get through this and we all will have trying times and not be our best!
- Lower expectations of your children, each other, and yourself. Everyone is struggling to get through this, and may not get everything accomplished well or at all! Focus in together time, accepting the times and each other.
- Limit social media and COVID conversation. Avoid turning on the news and bringing up other alarming topics around kids.
- As Fred Rogers said, “Look for the helpers”. It helps keep everyone positive to notice the good in the world. It is easy to focus on the scary, sad, and sensationalized aspects of this pandemic. But there are a lot of great stories about people helping others.
- Help others yourself! Involve your kids. Send a note or picture, make a phone call, check in with elderly neighbors, etc. Helping others helps us maintain a positive outlook and makes things seem more in control.
- Find humor in each day.
- Engage in arts and crafts activities.
- Express gratitude for even the small things.
- Ask for help when you need it. See our list of resources and call us if you need help!
Please refer to our previous updates for information about visits we offer and many COVID related websites. We hope you have enjoyed our list of resources for kids to explore while at home 😊