Pediatric Healthcare Update December 2020

Season’s Greetings to our Pediatric Healthcare Families, We hope you and your family are doing well as we continue to weather the life changes brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has been pleasing to see how well children and teens have done with the reopening of schools and daycares. Illness in general is still at historic lows for the season as a result of precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID. The majority of sick children we … [Read more...]

Pediatric Healthcare Update September 2020

Greetings again from Pediatric Healthcare. It’s been five months since the pandemic lock down occurred and life is very different these days. We are so thankful that our office has been spared the onslaught of Coronavirus and has remained open throughout this difficult time. We have seen only two patients (teenagers) with Coronavirus and each had a mild course of illness. We are pleased to see schools reopening and children attending in … [Read more...]

Coronavirus Overview- August 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Among Children Incidence of COVID-19 in Children In the United States and globally, fewer cases of COVID-19 have been reported in children (age 0-17 years) compared with  adults.1,2 While children comprise 22% of the US population,3 recent data show that 7.3% of all cases of COVID-19 in the United States reported to CDC were among children (as of August 3rd, 2020).4  The number and rate of cases in children in … [Read more...]

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...]