Our office is open to care for our patients throughout this COVID pandemic for well and sick visits. We are also available to care for you via the phone, the patient portal, and telemedicine. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time. Thank you for your patience.

Back To School

September 3, 2019 11:56 am Published by

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!

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The summer has flown by once again!! It is time to start getting your children back into their normal school routine. Here are some tips to help get you started.

 

MAKE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EXCITING

Most children get very excited and anxious on the first day of school.  Help make the day easier for your kids’ by keeping the following guidelines in mind:

  • Remind your children how fun school can be.
  • They can see old friends and make new ones.
  • The first day of school can be exciting, scary, and fun.
  • Make sure your children know other students are feeling the same way. 

See the following links for more information on how to improve your child/children’s first day of school.

Making the First Day of School Easier:

Back to School Tips:

Administering Medications at School:

MANAGING SLEEP SCHEDULES

All kids need a structure in their lives. They may complain about it, but as a parent, it’s our job to provide that consistency and support, especially when it comes to sleep schedules.

Child Waking Up

  • Younger children who find it hard to sleep when the sun is still out may need dark shades to block the light. Be sure they get enough physical activity during the day to help them fall asleep.
  • Teens may tend to “oversleep” on weekends when they don’t have any early morning commitments, but there can be a limit. Some extra sleep won’t hurt them, but sleeping the day away isn’t healthy either. Try to get them up and moving by a reasonable time (incentives may not be a bad idea to get them motivated) like 10 a.m.
  • Don’t allow kids to indulge in sweet snacks, sugary drinks or caffeine right before bedtime.
    Try to limit their screen time by making sure to step away from the cell phones, TV, and video games at least one hour before they should be ready for sleep.
  • Nap times for younger children should also remain consistent to reinforce daily sleep habits.
  • Stray away from overscheduling your child during the day. Between school, homework, family time, sports, and other activities, it can be hard for kids to keep it all going. It is advised to keep them active in order to make sure that they are tired enough for sleep each night, but overdoing it on the extracurriculars may actually be making things worse.

If you are having difficulties in establishing a healthy sleep schedule for your son or daughter, we encourage you to call our office at (716) 884-0230 and speak with one of our nurses.

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BREAKFAST IS GOOD FOR LEARNING

Does your family skip breakfast? You are not alone! Nearly half of American families skip breakfast before going to school.  Starting the day off with a well balanced breakfast has been associated with:

  • A better attention span and decreased irritability
  • Better test scores
  • Improved nutrition and healthier body weights

Click on the following link for more information on how breakfast is a good start to your families day! 

Breakfast for Learning:

Also check out the following links from healthychildren.org:

Choosing Healthy Snacks:

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This post was written by Delaware Pediatrics

COVID-19 Update

During this difficult time, Delaware Pediatrics wants to assure you that we will be available to you for well and sick visit appointments.

It is especially important to maintain your well visit appointments that include immunizations. These are Birth through 2 year visits, 4 year visit, 11 year visit, and 16 year visit, but all well visit appointments are encouraged.

In order to ensure maximum protection to our patients the morning has been reserved for well appointments only. All patients will be asked to check in at the front door and then return to their cars until called directly into their exam room. We have designated exam rooms that will only be used for well visits during the morning. Patients that are scheduled for well visits but arrive with symptoms will be screened for fever prior to being allowed to enter the office. Those well visit appointments that arrive with symptoms will then be placed directly into rooms that have been designated to serve only those particular patients.

This is all being done out of an abundance of caution to insure patient safety and yet maintain wellness. All of our exam rooms will be sanitized before our afternoon session. The afternoon session will start at 2:00 pm. All scheduled sick visits will be first screened on the phone for potential Coronavirus risk factors. 

Patients that screen positive for Coronavirus risk factor cannot be given an office appointment since we have no test kits to confirm or rule out presence of Coronavirus. We will contact the Department of Health for those patients to coordinate appropriate testing and management. 

We will make every effort to perform telehealth visits whenever possible but will continue to see children in our office that need to be seen.

We will not be able to accept walk-ins.

Thanks for your help!!