- On Monday, April 6 from 2-3pm, Assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan who represents Assembly district 16, is hosting a livestream event with Dr. Christine Carter on Parenting in the time of COVID-19. RSVP Online
- Dr. Liz Angoff, a local Educational Psychologist who we work with closely, is sharing her wealth of knowledge about tools, strategies and lessons via a resource listserv. If you are interested in her resources and guidance, check out her website.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics website for parents, Healthychildren.org has many pages of support, including information for families of children with special health care needs and learning at home including screen time tips.
- commonsensemedia.org has added a section on Coronavirus support.
- If you haven't already, watch the video that we posted on 3/27 to get advice on how to keep your family safe.
COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) update from East Bay Pediatrics for April 4, 2020: Resources For Parenting
Many of our families are struggling with shelter in place rules and having children at home. Here are some resources to help:
The doctors at East Bay Pediatrics would like to share what we agree is really the best video on COVID-19 that is out there (click on the image or link above). It is very long, about an hour, but well worth your time. Dr. David Price of Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City is an ICU doctor who has treated many patients with COVID-19. He has a few rules to follow:
COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) update from East Bay Pediatrics for March 24, 2020: Telemedicine Visits
East Bay Pediatrics is now up and running for Telemedicine visits! These visits can help keep you in touch with your doctor and ideally out of the emergency room. Please review these guidelines for Telemedicine visits:
We continue to have only well visits in Orinda and only sick visits in Berkeley. You may be asked to reschedule your visit to fit these criteria.
Tonight, public health will be issuing a "shelter in place" rule for our Bay Area counties through April 7, 2020. As a medical facility, East Bay Pediatrics will not close but please note these changes starting March 17, 2020 and please continue to check our website for further updates:
Please be patient as we work to reschedule your visits. We hope everyone and their families stays safe and healthy during this difficult time.
COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) update from East Bay Pediatrics for March 15, 2020: Instructions For Families
To our patients and families:
During this time of pandemic, East Bay Pediatrics would like to assure you that your care providers are still available to you. Unlike our schools and other businesses, East Bay Pediatrics will not close due to coronavirus (COVID-19). We have some instructions from public health and the CDC on how to conduct visits at an outpatient practice like East Bay Pediatrics, but the situation is changing quickly so we are constantly reassessing to make sure we are following the latest guidelines. We have taken several steps to protect our patients, families and staff. Please see the post from March 10, 2020 for information about how we are keeping our offices clean.
We ask that you follow some simple steps to help us take the best care of your child and all of our patients in the safest way possible.
COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) update from East Bay Pediatrics for March 10, 2020: Office Procedures
East Bay Pediatrics wants our patients and families to know that we are doing what we can to keep our practice safe for our patients and our staff. These are some of the practices occurring in our office:
If you are sick with cough and fever, please CALL FIRST. Do not just come in during sick only walk-in hours.
Of note: we do not have the test for COVID-19 or testing supplies in our office.
As we continually hear about updates regarding COVID-19 through the press, East Bay Pediatrics would like to reassure our families that our practice is monitoring the situation and working to keep you and our employees safe. Although COVID-19 can cause fever, cough, respiratory distress and even death, most people who contract the illness will recover. Fortunately for our patients, children are less likely to have severe symptoms compared to adults.
At this point, we encourage families to focus on practicing good habits which can decrease the spread of colds, flu, and most likely COVID-19 as well:
As with any other respiratory illness, if your child is in respiratory distress, call us to help you decide what to do next. Respiratory distress may present as faster breathing or increased work of breathing. Infants may not be able to sleep or feed well or in severe cases may be lethargic. Older children may have difficulty talking and also appear lethargic.
East Bay Pediatrics would like to remind our patients who have traveled to China or other at-risk areas between December 2019 and now to alert us when we see or talk to you about your child having cold and flu-like symptoms. If you are planning to travel, the CDC website should have up to date information on travel recommendations. If you are interested in monitoring new developments about COVID-19, we recommend the following reliable sources:
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In observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 17, 2020, East Bay Pediatrics will be open for drop-in sick only from 8:00am - 12:00pm in the Orinda location only. A doctor is on call at all hours and the Pediatric After Hours Clinic is open for Urgent Care appointments until 9:00pm and can be reached both through our line at (925) 438-1100 or directly at (510) 486-8344.
Of note: We will, as usual, be open from 9:30am - 12:00pm in the Berkeley location on Saturday, February 15.
As news spreads about the novel Coronavirus originating in Hubei province, China, East Bay Pediatrics would like to remind our patients who have traveled to China between December and now to alert us when we see or talk to you about your child having cold and flu-like symptoms.
We would like to also remind everyone that although Coronavirus has caused several deaths in China and although more people in the US are being diagnosed with the virus, the disease burden is much lower than Influenza. The CDC estimates that 10,000-12,000 people have died from Influenza this season and similar numbers of deaths occur every winter. Please take every precaution to cover your cough and we strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated against Influenza.
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