CORONAVIRUS 19

Telehealth Visits at Birmingham Pediatrics

We offer Telemedicine appointments! With the COVID19 outbreak we will be using them more and more to assess your child at home. 

To arrange your telemedicine visit, call the office during business hours or email the provider on call EVEN ON THE WEEKEND. 

A SMARTPHONE, CHROME OR FIREFOX BROWSER IS BEST FOR OUR TELEMEDICINE PLATFORM

FAQS
ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE HER WELL VISIT RIGHT NOW?

YES. WE HAVE SET ASIDE THE MORNINGS FOR WELL VISITS AND WILL NOT BE SEEING ANY SICK CHILDREN DURING THAT TIME. WE HAVE HOURLY DEEP CLEANING REGIMENS IN PLACE IN ADDITION TO OUR REGULAR SANITIZING BETWEEN PATIENTS. KEEPING YOUR CHILD ON TRACK FOR WELL VISITS IS SAFE AT THIS TIME.

I THINK MY CHILD HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID 19 NOW WHAT?

EXPOSURE TO COVID 19 COUNTS IF YOU HAVE BEEN WITHIN 6 FEET OF SOMEONE FOR MORE THAN 15 MINUTES. IN OTHER WORDS, PASSING IN THE HALLS AT SCHOOL, BEING AT THE SAME SWIM CLUB, OR EVEN SHARING A 5 MINUTE CAR RIDE ARE NOT ENOUGH EXPOSURE TO WARRANT CONCERN. SET UP A TELEMED VISIT TO DISCUSS YOUR CHILD’S SPECIFIC SITUATION FOR MORE INFO.

MY CHILD WAS SENT HOME FROM CAMP/SCHOOL BECAUSE ANOTHER PERSON HAS COVID, NOW WHAT?

MOST OF THE TIME, YOUR CAMP OR SCHOOL WILL GIVE GUIDANCE ABOUT HOW LONG YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE KEPT HOME (USUALLY 14 DAYS). WHETHER OR NOT YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE TESTED IS CASE BASED. SCHEDULE A TELEMED TO DISCUSS. WE CAN MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR TESTING IF NEEDED. TESTING ISN’T VALID UNTIL AT LEAST 5-7 DAYS FROM EXPOSURE SO DON’T RUSH TO AN URGENT CARE FOR TESTING…IT’S TOO SOON.

SHOULD I CANCEL MY TRAVEL PLANS?  

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO AN AREA OF THE COUNTRY EXPERIENCING HIGH RATES OF COVID IT IS NOT WISE TO TRAVEL THERE. IT MAY BE BEST TO POSTPONE TRAVEL IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.

MY CHILD HAS FEVER AND COUGH, I WANT HIM TESTED FOR COVID19. WHERE CAN I TAKE HIM?

WE SUGGEST YOU CONTACT OUR OFFICE FIRST. WE ARE SCREENING CHILDREN VIA TELEMEDICINE APPOINTMENTS AND CAN HELP YOU DECIDE IF A COVID19 TEST IS RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD. THERE ARE NOW SEVERAL WAYS TO GET TESTING DONE AND WE CAN TALK YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS IF NEEDED. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO OBTAIN THE TEST IN THE OFFICE IF NEEDED.

CAN I BRING HIM TO THE OFFICE FOR YOU TO CHECK HIM OUT?

MAYBE. WE ARE FIRST SEEING ALL PATIENTS WITH FEVER, COUGH, OR RUNNY NOSE VIA TELEMEDICINE VISITS BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO BRING THEM TO THE OFFICE. THIS ENSURES THE SAFETY OF THE FRAGILE KIDS WE SEE AT BIRMINGHAM PEDIATRICS. IT ALSO MAKES SURE THAT WE ARE IN THE RIGHT PROTECTIVE GEAR TO ENSURE WE DON’T SPREAD ILLNESS UNNECESSARILY. WALK INS ARE SUSPENDED AS OF TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN CONTROL THE OFFICE ENVIRONMENT.

SHOULD MY CHILDREN VISIT THEIR GRANDPARENTS WHILE THIS OUTBREAK IS GOING ON?

AS LONG AS YOUR CHILD IS HEALTHY, WITHOUT ANY SIGNS OF ILLNESS, VISITING RELATIVES SHOULD BE FINE. WEARING MASKS IS A GOOD IDEA AT ALL TIMES IF YOUR FAMILY IS OUT AND ABOUT.

WHAT CAN I DO TO DECREASE THE CHANCE OF MY KIDS COMING HOME AND SPREADING ILLNESS IN MY HOUSE?

CHILDREN SHOULD WEAR MASKS WHENEVER THEY ARE OUT OF THE HOUSE. ONCE SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION, TAKING OFF ALL CLOTHES, WASHING HANDS AND FACE, AND LEAVING BACKPACKS OUTSIDE IF POSSIBLE ARE GOOD FIRST STEPS. DO LAUNDRY FREQUENTLY DURING THE OUTBREAK AND WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER HANDLING THE CLOTHES. KIDS SHOULD DO THIS AFTER RETURNING FROM PLAYDATES/PARTIES/OUTINGS WITH FRIENDS TOO IN THE MEANTIME.

SHOULD I WEAR A MASK NOW WHEN I AM IN PUBLIC?

DEFINITELY. WHENEVER YOU ARE INDOORS WITH NON-FAMILY MEMBERS YOU SHOULD BE WEARING A MASK. AND YOU SHOULD WEAR A MASK OUTDOORS WHENEVER YOU WILL BE NEAR A CROWD (AT A BARBECUE, FAMILY PARTY, SPORTS EVENT, ETC). CHILDREN 3 AND OLDER CAN LEARN HOW TO WEAR A MASK AS WELL.  

WHAT ABOUT PLAYDATES? GOING FOR WALKS OUTSIDE? MY OLDER KIDS HANGING OUT TOGETHER WHILE THEY ARE OFF SCHOOL?

ALL OF THESE ARE FINE AS LONG AS THE GROUPS ARE SMALL AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED ARE WELL. BEING OUTSIDE IS BEST. PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND MASK WEARING ARE IMPORTANT TO DECREASE RISK IN LARGER GROUPS (INCLUDING FAMILY WHO DON’T LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSE). SHORT ERRANDS, SMALL GATHERINGS OF FRIENDS, AND PLAY DATES CAN ALL STILL HAPPEN, AS LONG AS EVERYONE IS WELL AND MASKED UP!