How to keep your child safe during a doctor’s appointment

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How to keep your child safe during a doctor’s appointment

As a parent you may need to take your child to consult a doctor for checkups. But during this pandemic how could you keep your child safe. This article would be a definite guide for you.

Efforts taken by Healthcare Providers

  • During this pandemic officers of healthcare facilities take extra precautions to keep their offices in clean and safe condition before new entrants arrive to their premises. Most offices preregister the patients over the phone. This reduces the time they have to spend in the office.
  • Most of the facilities stop the patients at their door. They ask few questions from them to ensure that they are not exposed to the coronavirus. Some questions you might be asked include:.
    • Have you experienced following symptoms in the last 24-48 hours?
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Headache
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Fatigue
      • Diarrhea
      • Nausea or vomiting
    • Do you think you might have been exposed to the coronavirus in the last 24-48 hours?
    • Have you been in contact with anyone who’s tested positive for coronavirus?
  • Some of the providers even provide their own medical masks once they assumed that the patient is safe.
  • Thereafter they check the temperature of the patient by using a no-touch thermometer which is FDA approved.
  • Most of them ask the patients to wait outside until they are called to reduce the number of patients within the facility.
  • Further the cleaning staff regularly disinfecting the doors and handles and also remove the chairs from the waiting rooms or create more space between chairs and tables

How do you prepare your child to visit to the Healthcare facility?

bring your own hand-sanitizer before you visit to the healthcare facility

To keep your child safe consider on these before you visit to the medical facilities

  • It is a best practice if you can bring your own hand-sanitizer, even the medical facilities offer them.
  • Make sure that you take a face mask with you.
  • Consider that you bring only the essentials. Here are few.
    • Masks
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Sanitizing wipes
    • Two water bottles (one in the car, one in the office)
    • A list of questions for the doctor
    • A few toys or books to keep baby busy

Should My Baby Wear a Mask?

Most of the facilities don’t require babies to wear masks.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically state that cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of 2 years who are unable to remove the mask without assistance. This is because of the following reasons

  • Babies have smaller airways. So If they are wearing masks, breathing through it is even harder on them.
  • Covering the face of the child with a mask may lead to increase suffocation. It is harder to breathe through a face mask. If the mask is fit on to the face of the child it will give those less access to the air. If it is loose, then it will not provide much protection to the child.
  • If the child comes across a hard time of breathing, then they are unable to take off the mask by themselves. As a result they could suffocate a lot.
  • In case of young toddlers or older infants, most of them do not like to keep the face mask on. They will try to remove it and they are more likely to touch their face more.
  • Further please not that anyone of the N95 masks are approved for young children.

To keep child safe, try to consider a Home Healthcare Service

  • If your child requires more care, then Home Health Services are a great alternative.
    Find out such facilities in which your pediatrician is currently working on.
  • You can also get this information even from your pediatrician.
  • Then call to them and inquire about its services. You can also find out whether your insurance covers their services.

For coronavirus information, please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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