COVID-19 UpdateMarch 12, 2020
Piedmont Pediatrics knows that there is a lot of information out there about COVID-19. We want to make sure that you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for your family.
COVID-19 continues to be mild in the majority of children. Most of our patients will not need to be seen in our office. Since we are currently in the middle of cold and flu season if your child has a cough, sore throat, runny nose or fever your child likely has one of the multiple viruses currently in the community.
Special tests are not needed. The Department of Health and the CDC are not currently offering widespread testing for CoVID-19. Piedmont Pediatrics does not have the test in our office and would not recommend testing for COVID-19, unless directed by the Department of Health. Also, please be aware that the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is not currently testing children for COVID-19 unless a child is hospitalized.
Most children will only have a mild illness, the symptoms of COVID-19, like other coronaviruses, are similar to those of the common cold. If your child has mild symptoms, please keep them at home until symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours. This mean they are fever-free, feeling well, and have significantly improved respiratory symptoms for at least 24 hours (without meds).
LIKE ANY RESPIRATORY VIRUS, IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT YOUR CHILD IS GETTING WORSE, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FOR ADVICE AND/OR AN APPOINTMENT.
When to call your doctor
- Trouble Breathing Occurs
- Retractions (pulling in between the ribs) occur
- Dehydration occurs
- Earache or sinus pain occurs
- Fever lasts more than 3 days
- Nasal discharge lasts more than 14 days
- Cough lasts more than 3 weeks
- You think your child needs to be seen
- Your child becomes worse