Visit to a pediatrician in times of COVID-19
We all found ourselves in a difficult epidemiological situation. For this reason, we must show even more understanding, support and cooperation. Therefore, I am giving you a download. How to prepare for a visit to the pediatrician so that it is safe for you and for us?
Feel free to read the following tips.
1. Find out how your clinic works
Before you come, find out how your clinic works. Can you call me first and report your problem? Perhaps you will get a solution by phone or e-mail? How does the facility work? There are separate opening hours for healthy and sick children? First, consider whether a personal visit is necessary.
2. Don’t lie to the medic!
If you, your child or someone in your household has disturbing symptoms, such as – fever, shortness of breath, cough, loss of smell or taste – do not hide it! Did you come into contact with a person suffering from COVID-19? Say it! Because it is crucial to ensure safety and implement proper precautions. Staff need to know in order to be properly prepared to provide assistance. It may be necessary to separate healthy children from sick children, refer them for a COVID-19 test or visit them in person.
3. Before you enter the clinic
You have already made an appointment with your doctor for a personal visit. First, make sure you can enter the waiting room. Maybe there is a delay and another sick child is waiting there? Or, you came with a healthy baby for vaccination, and there is a sick baby in the waiting room? Maybe you don’t have to enter the waiting room to pick up something? Let’s think about ourselves and reduce the risk of infection. 🙂
4. A well- matched couple
It is recommended that ONE guardian enters the clinic with the child. Why risk it? I bid farewell to my partner or family before entering. Of course, the exception may be a difficult random situation. For example, a child’s disability. Let’s be understanding for each other.
5. Remember about security centers
The pandemic continues. We are getting used to living in new realities, but let’s not forget about precautionary measures. First, sanitize your hands before entering the clinic. Ideally, wear disposable gloves. Second, wear a protective mask. Make sure it is worn correctly. So whether it covers the mouth and nose. Remember that every child over 4 years old is required to wear a protective mask. I sensitize to the wording mask with protection, not a scarf, not a handkerchief, but a mask. After all, it matters! In some EU countries there is an order to wear only FPP2 masks. Avoid cloth masks. Change your masks regularly. Finally, try to touch as few objects as possible.
6. Less is better
Let’s shorten the visit time to a minimum. Let us respect our time and take care of common safety. Come prepared, briefly describe the problem and symptoms. If necessary, prepare some questions on a piece of paper in advance. However, let’s leave the chat for a telephone conversation, preferably after work 🙂
Let us limit visits to the clinic to a minimum! Do you need a prescription for permanent treatment? Set up an Internet Patient Account and you will receive the code via text message! Need a waiver, certificate, referral? Consider whether your case is urgent enough and whether it can be dealt with without contact.
8. Let’s vaccinate ourselves!
Finally – instill love and confidence in vaccination! Vaccination against the COVID-19 virus is currently underway. I hope we will be able to vaccinate our population soon. So that we live in a safer country. Children are also vaccinated. It is recommended to administer combination vaccines in order to reduce the number of visits. Have you checked your child’s vaccination schedule recently? Do you have arrears? Then hurry up. Also, consider immunization against influenza during each epidemic season. You can read more about recommended vaccinations in our Compendium.
In the end – the most important thing. Although telemedicine is a very useful tool, let’s remember its limitations. If your child has a fever for another day, his condition does not improve despite treatment, he is weakened, you are worried – insist on a personal visit! Currently, a doctor cannot refuse to examine a child under 6 years of age. And, let’s leave the Admission Room and the Hospital Emergency Department, as the name suggests, to life threats!
Let’s support each other in these difficult times 🙂
We wish you good health!