Covid Vaccines Now Available for Ages 12 and Up!
If you have general questions about the Covid vaccine for your child or yourself, check out these wonderful resources:
1) An FAQ for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) here.
2) Vaccine information from Dr. Paul Offit and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which you can access here.
If You Think Your Child Is Sick or Has Been Exposed to Covid-19
If you believe your child is suffering a medical emergency, call 911 and seek urgent medical care.
If you think your child may have symptoms consistent with Covid-19 or has been exposed to someone with Covid-19, call our office. We will help you figure out the next steps and get your child tested.
If Your Child is Well and Has Not Been Exposed but Needs Testing for College or Travel
If your child is well and has not been exposed to Covid-19 but needs testing for college or travel, you can access testing at a Vermont Department of Health Pop-Up Site or local pharmacy. You can find one of these sites here. If you have difficulty finding a testing site, please call us.
If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding and Have Questions About the Covid Vaccine
In general, the vaccine is thought to be safe for both pregnant and breastfeeding women. Here are some reliable links with additional information.
How Our Office is Caring for Patients During Covid
We Are Here for You!
Timber Lane Pediatrics is open and we are here for your child and your family. We continue to see children for well child care and sick visits. We remain as available to you as always, with office hours 7 days a week and an on-call provider available after hours. If you have a concern about your child, please call us.
Here are some of the ways we are working to keep everyone safe during this time:
1) We are continuing to see children for essential well child care both in-person and by video. If you have a preference, please let our front desk know in the days leading up to your appointment.
2) We are seeing children for sick visits. If you are concerned your child is sick, call us. For most sick visits, we will start with a video visit and then determine if your child needs to be seen in person.
3) We have eliminated our walk-in hours and waiting room. If you are coming to our office for an in-person appointment, please wait in your car until it is time for your appointment.
4) Our staff is practicing social distancing and good hygiene practices. We are limiting the number of providers and staff in our offices each day. We are wearing masks and goggles. We are limiting the number of sick visits we see in the office and are thoroughly disinfecting exam rooms after each patient.
5) We are asking parents to wear masks in our office, as well as children over the age of 2 if they are able to do so safely and properly. One parent only should accompany a child to the office, with the exception of newborn patients. We cannot allow siblings in the office at this time.
Covid-19 Infection in Children
Covid-19 is a new virus and the medical community is learning new information daily. When children do get sick, children’s symptoms are usually milder than adults'. Children with Covid-19 may have cold symptoms, a cough, a fever, chills, muscle pain, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Children and young people who have or had Covid-19 may develop a rash or swelling of the toes that looks like frostbite, also called Covid toes. Most children with mild Covid-19 symptoms can be safely cared for at home with Tylenol or ibuprofen, lots of fluids, and rest. Some children with Covid-19 will go on to develop more severe symptoms such as very high fever, fever for more than 2-3 days, new rash, abdominal pain, confusion, weakness or difficulty breathing. If you are concerned your child has any of these serious symptoms, please contact our office or other medical care urgently.
Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)
There is information emerging about a serious illness that may be associated with Covid-19 called Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C). Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome appears to be a rare disorder of the vascular system that occurs during or in the weeks following a Covid infection. Children with this syndrome typically are very ill. Symptoms include 4-5 days of persistent fever, cough, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and red eyes. Children with severe symptoms may have difficulty breathing, difficulty walking or moving, or seem confused, lethargic, or unusually sleepy. If you think your child may have these symptoms, please contact our office or other medical care urgently.
Click here for more information on MIS-C from the CDC.
CDC Self-Swabbing Intructions
If your child is directed to drive-up testing where you as a parent will swab your child or your child will swab him or herself, click here for instructions.
If Your Family Needs Resources During This Time
Many families are experiencing job loss or financial stress during this time. If your family needs help with health insurance, food, baby formula, diapers, or other financial support, call Vermont 2-1-1 (dial 211 from any phone) and call our office to get in touch with our social worker.