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Telemedicine Visit with Your Pediatrician

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Telemedicine visits with your pediatrician has become today’s norm.  Telemedicine calls are rising exponentially with the onset of the Corona-19 Pandemic.  Telemedicine calls allow the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology.  Pediatrics is one area of medical expertise where Telemedicine is proving to be popular.  

The Telemedicine visits with your pediatrician are conducted over a secure telecommunications platform that is in compliance with Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)They are a virtual pediatric visit for you and your baby.

The Telemedicine visits with your pediatrician is conducted in the same time-frame as a normal office visits.  You will want to make sure your infant is available for part of your Telemedicine visit with you baby’s pediatrician.  It is a good idea to have your list of questions for your Pediatrician written in advance of your Telemedicine visits with your pediatrician.  It is also recommended to create a space in your home that is free from loud noises and distractions during your virtual pediatric visit.  Avoiding such noises and distractions will ensure the best use of time.  If your baby needs viewing by your pediatrician in areas where clothing normally covers, make sure your baby is dressed for quick clothing removal.

Telemedicine visits your pediatrician are general visits and are normally scheduled in advance.  Many Pediatric offices offer same-day virtual pediatric visits.  If you have an unknown emergency, your physician can advise you during the video call on steps necessary to ensure your baby gets the proper medical attention needed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourages parents to adhere to their baby’s immunization schedule.  Both state funded clinics, and doctor’s offices  are open and conducting routine vaccinations.

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Protecting Your Baby During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Protecting your baby during the Covid-19 pandemic can be challenging.  During this time of uncertainty, you are probably receiving mixed messages on how to best keep your baby safe.

Here are some smart tips on keeping your baby safe if you must go out in public.

The best way to protect your baby is to avoid public contact and mitigate exposure. However, If going out is essential and you cannot leave your baby at home, we recommend the following: 

  • Cover the infant carrier, car seat, or stroller (not your baby) with a light weight blanket. This will help protect baby, but still gives baby the ability to breathe comfortably.
  • Do not leave the blanket on your baby while they are in the car or when your baby is not in direct view. 
  • Be sure to check on your baby often to make sure their breathing is normal.
  • Do not put any face covering on your baby.
  • Be sure to follow the six-feet distancing rule during your outing.
  • Do not let anyone but you touch your baby.
  • Keep baby safe by limiting the time of your outing to as short of time as possible.
  • Never leave children alone in the car. It can become deadly hot in a short time.

Protecting your baby once you return home:

  • Be sure to wash your hands and your first and then your baby’s hands.
  • We suggest using soap and water to wash your baby’s hands.  Some hand sanitizers can be harsh on baby’s delicate skin.
  • Wash and disinfect all objects your baby had with them during the outing such as pacifiers, blankets, and toys. 

It is important to follow CDC guidelines to keep baby safe.  

Please visit for more information. You can also find more information on the CDC Recommendation on Cloth Face Coverings.

Keeping Baby’s Items Sanitized

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Keeping Baby’s Items Sanitized, is important during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  To reduce spreading the Virus, keep your baby’s toys, clothes, and bedding  sanitized and free from germs.  Routine cleaning and disinfection of baby’s items, using appropriate disinfection methods, can help keep you and your baby safe. 

Disinfect baby’s items that easily get dirty, such as a baby’s changing table. Sanitize surfaces that your baby often touches, such as his or her crib frame, changing table, toys, bottles, and pacifiers.

Wipe down metal, wooden, and plastic surfaces with a bleach solution to properly disinfect baby’s items.  Battery-operated toys can also be wiped down with a bleach solution.  Once the bleach has dried, it’s OK for little ones to stick the toys in their mouths because the chlorine will have evaporated.

  • Use 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or.
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.

Plastic toys without batteries can also be washed in the dishwasher to perform routine cleaning and disinfection of baby’s items.

Wash your child’s, clothing, bedding and washable plush toys in the warmest possible setting using your regular laundry detergent to disinfect baby’s items. Dry them completely.  Do not “hug” or shake dirty laundry before washing to avoid spreading the virus or other dirt and bacteria. 

Your SafeSleep Breathe-Through Crib Mattress topper can be washed with a mixture of bleach and detergent to disinfect.  The wood base, plastic bottom section, and metal bars can be conveniently wiped down with a bleach solution without removing it from the crib.

Use soap and hot water or a bleach solution to disinfect Baby’s Items  used in their mouth, such as bottles and pacifiers. If you need to cut grease or remove stubborn dirt, add vinegar and baking soda to the mix.  Keeping Baby’s Items Sanitized can also be accomplished by running these items through the dishwasher.

Wipe down and disinfect other household items your baby may come in contact with such as TV remotes, cell phones, table tops, furniture, and floors.

Current evidence suggests that novel Coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfecting is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households.  

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