COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) is encouraging families to maintain routine pediatric appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person, routine well visits are recommended for all children at this time, especially children under two who need to maintain their vaccination schedules.
"The risk of missing well care for some children is far greater than the risk of COVID-19 infection" said Kate Krueck, MD, FAAP. "Risks of school failure in grade school children; depression, anxiety and suicidality in adolescents; and asthma exacerbation related to spring allergies are all concerns pediatricians can help families address, but we need to see our patients to do so."
While non-essential procedures, surgeries and visits were postponed in the early stages of the pandemic, this was to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals, NOT because hospitals or doctor's offices are unsafe. Pediatric practices already had protocols in place to keep well visits and sick visits separate, and have further adjusted their operations to keep patients and families safe during office visits. Many practices are rooming patients from the car and even seeing ill patients in their cars, and all providers are wearing PPE and receiving temperature checks daily. Families should call their pediatrician to inquire about how they are accommodating well visits, vaccinations and visits for other concerns.
"I want to remind families that, as always, pediatricians across Ohio are doing everything they can to keep their offices clean, and make you feel welcome and safe," said Sarah Adams, MD, Pediatrician. "We are here for Ohio's children and families, especially during these challenging times."
Parents are also encouraged to use telemedicine appointments to discuss sickness, mental health concerns like anxiety and depression or general questions. Pediatricians can assess during a telemedicine visit if an in-person visit is needed based on each child's situation.
Additionally, Ohio AAP cautions parents about following unproven and radical advice during this time, such as purposefully exposing their child to the virus. Instead, parents looking for medically-sound advice or tips, including resources from Ohio AAP, can find them on the Ohio Department of Health website at: https://bit.ly/3eFvtTy
The Ohio AAP promotes the health, safety and well-being of children and adolescents so they may reach their full potential. For more information, visit www.ohioaap.org.
SOURCE Ohio AAP