New CDC COVID-19 Guidelines

Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Alabama Emergency Response Technology (ALERT) Health Alert Network (HAN) July 23, 2020 New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for the Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): Available data shows that persons with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset. As a result, CDC has updated the … [Read more...]

Pediatric Healthcare Update June 2020

Pediatric Healthcare Update June 15, 2020 Greetings Pediatric Healthcare Families, It’s time for our monthly update since the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. It has now been 3 months since we, as a community, began infection precaution measures to stop the spread of the virus and these efforts have dramatically curtailed infections of all types. At Pediatric Healthcare, we have not yet diagnosed any patients with COVID-19 (though we have … [Read more...]

A Lot More Space, A Little Less Face, Same Great Care!

Greetings Pediatric Healthcare Families, It has been almost 8 weeks since we, as a community, began infection precaution measures to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and these efforts have dramatically curtailed infection of all types. At Pediatric Healthcare, we have not seen any Coronavirus-positive patients and sick patient visits to our office are down by 90%. As you are aware, Governor Ivey announced an updated plan last … [Read more...]

Our Experience with COVID-19 Virus Thus Far

We would like to share our experience with patient care amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As you may have read in our previous updates, we taken several steps to insure the safety of our patients and staff. We only schedule Well Child check-ups in the morning and all sick visits in the afternoon. All individuals are met by medical personnel at our screening table at the front door. Temperatures are taken to screen for illness. … [Read more...]

Coronavirus Overview

The complete clinical picture with regard to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a report out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions — like … [Read more...]

MMR Vaccine NOT Linked to Autism

A March 2019 research article describes a study in which 657,461 children were monitored for a possible link between the MMR vaccine and Autism. Here are the researchers' findings: "The study strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination. It adds to previous studies through significant … [Read more...]

Best Toys are the Basic Toys

The AAP offers families and physicians guidance in an updated clinical report, "Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era," to be published in the January 2019 issue of Pediatrics and available online Dec. 3. The report focuses on toys for children from birth through school age. "Toys have evolved over the years, and advertisements may leave parents with the impression that toys with a 'virtual' or digital-based platform … [Read more...]

Kids’ Brainpower Tied to Exercise, Sleep and Limited Screen Time

From the NY Times: Researchers tied three behaviors to higher scores on tests of mental ability in children: At least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, Nine to 11 hours of sleep a night, and No more than two hours a day of recreational screen time. The new study, in Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, included 4,524 children ages 8 to 11 who were assessed with six standard tests that measure language skills, memory, … [Read more...]

Child Play is Good for Your Child’s Development

Child play is essential to children’s development. Play contributes to brain development and learning, physical development, and social development including language and communication. To view entire article, go to Child Play … [Read more...]

Read to Your Preschool Children

During the preschool years, children’s brains are rapidly developing to take in new information about the world. Reading to children is a key part of this cognitive development and builds literacy skills, which include the ability to read, write, and learn. View full article here: Reading to Preschool Children … [Read more...]