Face masks are required at all visits. Masks with exhalation valves or vents may not be worn as per the CDC they do not contain your respiratory droplets. Click Here to Learn More.
In order to continue to provide the best and appropriate care for your children while following current guidelines, we have created a new patient flow. These changes will allow us to continue to serve all our patients. These are unprecedented times, and we are evaluating patient needs weekly. Please keep in mind that the situation is fluid and we will keep you informed of any changes we are making.
COVID-19 Patient Policy
Only 1 parent per family
- This rule applies to separated/divorced parents regardless of custody agreements.
- We understand that many times both parents may want to attend an appointment. We encourage families to utilize FaceTime (or something similar) so both parents may participate and communicate with the provider
Exceptions to the 1 parent policy
- Parents of children 2 months and younger may both attend.
- No grandparents 60 years and older as the 2nd parent
- Back-to-back sibling appointments where both children are 2 years or younger may have both parents in attendance
Siblings (11 years or older) of children with appointments should remain at home.
Siblings (10 years or younger) of children with appointments may attend if necessary. However, to limit the number of people in our office it is preferred that you secure alternate childcare to avoid bringing them.
Primary caretakers 60 years and older should call to request televisits or carside visits.
In keeping with the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on the importance of check-ups and immunizations, we have made changes to our schedule:
- Wellness Exams will be offered during normal business hours.
- These providers are only seeing well visits!
- Sick appointments will be with the designated sick visit provider.
- Appointments will be outside in your car or in one of our parking lot tents.
In respect to upcoming visits at Potomac Pediatrics, we recommend the following:
- Keep your well-child exams – We continue to believe that well visits and vaccines are very important for your child’s overall health. We ask for your flexibility as these schedule adjustments are made.
- Utilize telemedicine – Telemedicine can be a great tool for some visit types. If interested, please email email@example.com
- Please be aware we are not able to do telemedicine well-child exams. It is not in line with the current AAP recommendations, and it is crucial for us to monitor the growth and development of your children and to ensure they remain on schedule for recommended vaccines.
- Follow CDC guidelines regarding seeking care if you or your child have been exposed or potentially exposed.
- Follow all CDC, federal, and local guidelines for up to date information on COVID-19.
- If you are sick with fever & respiratory symptoms, STAY HOME, contact us to learn more about where you can get tested for COVID-19.
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid people with sick symptoms.
- Stay home if you or anyone in your family is sick.
- Avoid large crowds.
- Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when in public.
- Avoid non-essential international and domestic air travel.
Potomac Pediatrics has set the following guidelines when deciding when/where to seek care:
- Make an appointment (never walk-in)- Please call for an appointment if you child has fever, respiratory symptoms, and:
- is younger than 2 and has had fever for 2 or more days
- is older than 2 and has had fever for 3 or more days
- has respiratory distress or trouble breathing
- Is not drinking enough to urinate 3-4 times per day
- has an underlying chronic medical condition
Present to the Emergency Department (when possible call us first)
Reasons to go to the emergency room are the same as with other illness:
- Severe or persistent respiratory distress
- If your child is less than 2 months and has a fever
As the Coronavirus situation evolves, our policies and recommendations will as well. Please check the website and Facebook page regularly for this updated guidance. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns.
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