COVID-19 Information For Parents

Updated 3/25/20

Protect Yourself and Others

We can all do our part to help protect those in our community, particularly those who are elderly or have chronic health conditions. Children can help too! Talk to your children about washing their hands, properly and often, and teach them to “cover their coughs.” It is also recommended that persons with cold symptoms stay home, so as not to spread illness at school or at work. Learn more about how to protect yourself and others. 

Learn more from our local health department on how to protect your family and our community.

Testing

It is unlikely we will have the capability to test for this virus here at Fenton Pediatrics. Due to a nationwide shortage in testing, our area is currently only testing those with positive travel history or exposure to someone being tested or already diagnosed with SARS CoV2. Learn more about testing in the U.S.

If your child has symptoms and a known exposure or international travel, PLEASE inform us of this prior to leaving your home, as we will need to consult with the health department and/or an infectious disease specialist.

Talking About COVID-19

Children are not immune to the anxiety that can come widespread news coverage of this disease. Here is more information about how to talk to your child about COVID-19.

Office Visits During COVID-19

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are altering some practices in our office in an effort to continue to provide you with safe and effective care.

In many cases, we will be able to transition your child’s appointment to a virtual visit. We would like to conduct these video visits through Zoom. Zoom is free, HIPAA-compliant and simple to use. We feel this is the best option to evaluate your child while still allowing you to stay in the safety of your home. Download a Zoom patient guide here. 

In order to use this, you will need to download the Zoom application to your phone or computer. You also will need to complete a consent form: PDFMicrosoft Word, to allow us to provide services through these virtual visits.

We will continue to see some well visits, including those for children age 0 through 12 months, in the office. We will call you to confirm your well appointments as we always have, and we also will call the morning of the well visit ask questions about any illness symptoms your child or family may have. Only one other family member may accompany your child to appointments in the office, and that person must not have any sick symptoms (fever, cough, headache, difficulty breathing).

We thank you for your cooperation with these new policies and procedures. We are determined to stay up-to-date with the quickly-evolving information and guidelines related to COVID-19, and will communicate changes on our website and Facebook. If an in-office visit is needed, the following guidelines apply:

  1. If your child has a well visit scheduled and they also have ANY sick symptoms, please let us know. 
  2. If you yourself have sick symptoms, we will not be able to see your child during the morning well hours.
  3. We ask that only one person accompany your child to any appointments (one parent or grandparent and no siblings).
  4. When you arrive to the parking lot, please call the office to notify us that you are here. At that time, we will let you know if your room is ready. If the room is not ready, you may wait in your car and we will call you when the room is ready.
  5. We will continue to screen all patients for symptoms and epidemiological risk factors. We will continue to consult with Washington University Infectious Disease doctors regarding any patients with risk factors. At this time, if your child has epidemiological risk factors, we will not be able to see them in the office or test them in our office and you will be given information regarding testing.

We are making these changes temporarily to continue to provide care as safely as possible. We know there are many people feeling very anxious. Learn more about COVID-19 and how to talk to your children about the situation.