COVID 19 CORNER

With flu season and this latest pandemic of COVID-19 upon us, it's important to make sure that your family is safe and protected.  

Four things to Keep Your Family Healthy
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

We are implementing the following procedures effective March 16, 2020 to minimize the risks of COVID:

 

  • We are cleaning all exam tables and scales between each patient. 

  • We are rearranging schedules to have blocks of well visit times separated from blocks of sick visit times. 

  • As much as possible, we are using certain exam rooms for well visits and other ones for sick visits. 

  • We will minimize waiting room time and bring children back to an exam room as quickly as possible or possibly have them wait in your vehicle until a room is ready. There is hand sanitizer by the front desk and soap and water in the bathroom.

  • We have taken all toys and books out of the office for now. Please bring your child's own toys to minimize exposures.

  • Please minimize the number of adults or non essential family members coming for visits. No adult who is not feeling well should come into the office. 

  • When calling in for a sick visit, please let us know if you have concern your child has symptoms of COVID-19, exposure to a person with suspected COVID-19, recent international travel or if you live in Montgomery County. We are currently NOT equipped to test for the virus and are NOT seeing suspected cases in the office. If not in distress, you will be directed to call the Department of Health for your county. 

 

Fortunately, children are generally not symptomatic or minimally symptomatic. Treatment for COVID-19 is supportive care, similar to that of other viral illnesses.  

Use of Tylenol and Motrin, and cool-mist humidifiers are recommended.  It is important to drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest when sick.  The greatest risk that COVID-19 poses is to the elderly and those with a weakened immune system. 

 

We know that there has been a lot of information communicated in recent weeks regarding COVID-19.  Unfortunately, this constant media coverage regarding COVID-19 has led to a great deal of fear and panic.  While it is important to stay informed, you should be sure to use trusted information sources such as the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) for updates.  CLICK HERE for the CDC and CLICK HERE for  the Healthy Children website.

Torresdale Pediatrics

2217 Bristol Pike

Bensalem, PA, 19020

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