GUIDANCE FOR SICK CHILDREN

  • Beaver Brook Pediatrics is now offering limited coronavirus testing.   We are doing drive-up testing on a limited basis.  The tests are anterior nasal swabs (not the deep nasopharyngeal swabs) and are administered by a parent or self-administered for an older child/teen. Our tests are PCR tests that are acceptable for school attendance purposes.  Results are estimated to return in 2-4 days. 

  • Alternative testing sites can be found using the COVID-19 TEST SITE LOCATOR to find the nearest testing center near you. There are also accessible testing sites through the Massachusetts "Stop the Spreadinitiative.  

  • If your child is experiencing fever and cough, "flu-like" symptoms, or GI symptoms and is not having shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, dehydration or any other severe symptoms, the current recommendation is to get tested and the patient should isolate within a room of the house as much as possible.  Household members should also strictly quarantine (stay at home and NOT go out in the community in any way) until the patient's test returns negative.  If the patient's test returns positive, the entire house should     quarantine and check with a physician or public health official for further guidance.

  • WHO advice on care of person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 at home

  • CDC advice on care of person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 at home

  • Handout from Newton Wellesley Hospital on care of a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 at home

EMOTIONAL DISTRESS FROM PANDEMIC

  • Some children may be experiencing sadness, depression, anxiety, or fear during this time.  The disruption to their everyday schedule is difficult. The knowledge that they or their loved ones may be in danger is scary.  If your child seems to be having difficulty, feel free to reach out to us.  Here are some sources for more information and some tools that may offer help.

 

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CORONA VIRUS

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DURING THE PANDEMIC
SOME KIDS ARE RETURNING TO DAYCARE AND SCHOOL.   HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES ABOUT ILLNESS AND RETURN TO SCHOOL
We understand how concerned families are about coronavirus.  Here is some guidance.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY

  • Practice social distancing. Do not engage in playdates, gatherings or outings unless you can remain socially distant.  Stay home as much as possible and limit your time in the community to only essential trips. 

  • When you are in the community, stay 6 feet away from others and be sure to wear a mask.  Masks are recommended for all people over 2 years of age. Masking children under 2 years old can be a suffocation risk.

  • Encourage 20 seconds of hand washing before and after eating, sneezing, coughing or using the bathroom. Wash hands when you enter the house after being out.

  • For caregivers that have to go to the grocery store or pharmacy, wear a mask and avoid touching your face while you are away. Use hand sanitizer frequently to clean hands. Wash your hands AGAIN after putting items away.

  • For caregivers that must leave the house to work, wear a mask and avoid touching your face.  Stay at least 6ft away from coworkers. Use hand sanitizer frequently. Upon returning home, wash your hands.  

  • If you travel outside of the state, check the MA Travel Restrictions.  You may need to quarantine upon your return.  During your travel, follow the rules of the area you are visiting (some states may require that travelers from MA quarantine while visiting).

  • Have enough supplies of food, medicines and other necessities to last two weeks in case your family needs to quarantine.

  • Remember that ALL children are at risk for seasonal flu infection which is still present in our community.  The flu vaccine is recommended for all children >6mo of age.

  • CDC info on protecting yourself and your family.

 

Contact Us

 

Beaver Brook Pediatrics

465 Waverly Oaks Road

Suite 100

Waltham, MA 02452

 

(781) 891-3706 - office number

(781) 891-3564 - fax number

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Hours
Office Hours:

Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Extended Hours:

Evening well visits are available by appointment.
Weekends and Holidays:

Urgent visit appointments are available. Please call between 7am - 10am and the on-call doctor will help determine if your child needs to be seen urgently.

 

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