Pediatrician in Raleigh, NC
White Oak Pediatric Associates
Statement on Covid-19 and Students Return to School
There is no easy answer to the question of whether to send you children back to school this Fall. It is a decision that depends on your specific family circumstances. Among the factors to be considered:
- Is your child at increased risk from infection? Are there family members at home at risk?
- What is your family’s tolerance for risk? Will a return to school create excess anxiety?
- How have your children handled being out of school?
- How do your children handle changing routines?
- Are you able to school at home with your work demands?
- Does your child receive additional services at school that are not available to them in the home?
- Do you feel that your school has the necessary resources to be safely open?
- Is your child willing and able to wear a mask?
Families also have to be prepared for the usual childhood illnesses setting off more than usual distress and disruption. Colds and ‘flu are not distinctly different from covid-19 infection; testing is slower than we would like and not completely accurate, so ‘false alarms’ and quarantines ‘just to be safe’ will be part of our new normal. Flexibility has to be a part of any plan.
In general, children are thought to be less likely to get covid-19, less likely to become severely ill, and less likely to transmit the infection to others; that is, they are at “less risk.” “Less risk” is not no risk. The costs and benefits of attending school in person have to be weighed individually.
HealthyChildren.org is a wonderful resource and has an article on this subject at https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Return-to-School-During-COVID-19.aspx
We understand this is a difficult decision. If you wish to discuss this further as it pertains to your child, we will be happy to address your questions in a telehealth visit.
To minimize possible exposures, we are asking that families remain in their cars until the exam room is ready. Please call us when you arrive in the parking lot. We will call you when your room is ready. We are asking that everyone over the age of two, including parents and siblings, wear a mask at all times in our office.
At this time we are scheduling our well-child checkups in the morning, and our sick visits in the afternoon. Please be advised that both the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics are still recommending that routine check-ups continue, especially for children who need routine vaccinations.
We are offering Telehealth visits for routine follow up of ADHD, behavioral concerns, and mental health issues. These need to be scheduled through our front staff, but the visit will be done remotely. Please be aware that this is a short term solution since normally in-office visits include height, weight and blood pressure measurements.
Weekend Hours Update during Coronavirus
We are still open on Saturday mornings. During this time, we are asking that you call to schedule as early as possible. We may be closing early on Saturdays due to patient volume. We are now going to be closed on Sundays. Please be aware that UNC Pediatric Urgent Care on Blue Ridge Rd. is open during the times our office would normally be open on Sundays. We expect these changes to be temporary and appreciate your patience and understanding.
Congratulations to April Mouton, RN, who became a NC Lactation Educator! She is available for in-office lacation support.
Does your child need a physical?
If your child is starting kindergarten, entering Wake County Schools for the first time or playing spring sports please schedule a physical by calling 919-787-0266.
YOUR MEDICAL HOME PROVIDING CARE FROM INFANCY TO ADOLESCENCE
We pride ourselves on offering excellent medical care and working together with our patients and families to attain optimal physical, mental, and developmental health with mutual respect, open lines of communication, and ongoing commitment to the provision of the highest quality healthcare that meets the patient needs.
At White Oak Pediatric Associates, our skilled team of board-certified pediatricians offers comprehensive medical care for infants, children, and adolescents. We treat for immunizations, asthma, ADHD, physicals, and teach new mothers about breastfeeding. Conveniently located in the heart of Raleigh, our courteous and knowledgeable staff works hard from the first contact to make every visit to our office positive.
Whether it's your child's first visit to our Raleigh office or just a routine well-child checkup, we strive to make sure you and your child are always comfortable and informed. We take the time to talk with parents to help you understand your child's needs, and we equip you with the knowledge necessary for promoting a lifetime of optimal health and wellness.
To help you get acquainted with our practice, we have provided the important information you need on our website. Please browse these pages to learn more about our skilled doctors, services, office details, commonly asked questions, and new patient forms.
When you choose White Oak Pediatric Associates, you can feel confident that you are teaming with knowledgeable, compassionate doctors who have dedicated their careers to child-focused health care. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions or concerns. Our pediatricians and nurturing staff look forward to meeting you and your family.