February 2022 Newsletter

February 2022 Newsletter

Long Haul COVID

We continue to see that the majority of children and teenagers that test positive for COVID-19 have mild or asymptomatic infections. However, there are several post-COVID conditions that have been identified in children. There is a small subset that will continue with COVID symptoms even a month or longer after initial infection, referred to as long-haul COVID.

No one knows for sure how many people who have had COVID-19 develop long haul COVID. The studies that have been done took place prior to the Omicron variant. The U.K Office for National Statistics estimated that 12.9% of children 2 to 11 years old and 14.5% of children 12 to 16 years old still experienced symptoms 5 weeks after infection.

Long-haul COVID can occur even in people who had mild symptoms. It may present as the same symptoms as the original infection that will not go away or it may be new symptoms that develop after the original symptoms had improved.

The most common symptoms of long-haul COVID include fatigue or decreased physical endurance, difficulty thinking or concentrating (brain fog), cough, difficulty breathing, joint or muscle pain, chest pain, abdominal pain, mood changes, headache, fever, heart palpitations, loss of or changes in smell or taste, dizziness/lightheadedness. At this time, we do not know how long the symptoms will last.  Treatment depends on the specific symptoms.

There are no specific tests to diagnose long-haul COVID. Tests may be run to rule out other causes of the symptoms.  In some cases, a referral to a specialist may be indicated.

More research is needed to determine what causes long-COVID in some people and not others. The good news is that studies are showing that long-COVID is less frequent in those that are vaccinated against the SARS CoV2 virus.

Tips on Showing Love and Affection on Valentine’s Day and Every Day:

As we continue to deal with the stress and challenges of the pandemic, it is important to show love and support to our children on Valentine’s Day and every day.

Adapted from Ask the Pediatrician by Andrew Garner, MD, FAAP and the American Academy of Pediatrics David HIll, MD, FAAP

New ways to communicate with staff and make an appointment!

Practice Communication

Your child’s care team (including appointment coordinators, medical assistants and providers) now

have the ability to communicate with you via secure text. You will receive a text message from our office via 866-466-9205 (please add to your contacts!) with a secure chat link to begin the communication process.

This new platform should allow us to more quickly communicate test results, triage nurse line calls, and schedule or modify your appointment requests.

Patient Portal: As always, you can communicate with our providers and billing staff through the patient portal.

 

Appointment Scheduling

Website: 
Our Online Scheduling through www.beansproutpediatrics.com has a new look! You can choose

to see all available upcoming appointments by appointment type and/or time by selecting the option below, or pick your spec

ific provider and see their appointment availability.

When scheduling an appointment through the website, you will be prompted to enter in your insurance information each time.

Patient Portal/My Privia App:
If you want to skip entering all of your information in each time, you can easily schedule appointments through the Patient Portal where all of your information is already in the system!

Phreesia Appointment Accelerator:

You may be now accustomed to confirming/canceling appointments with Phreesia text as well as checking in and communicating with staff; But now you can also get an earlier appointment time that becomes available.  Texts for earlier appointment availability will look like the below.

Formula Recall:

Which formulas, what to watch for, and what to do now.

Similac, Alimentum or EleCare, manufactured by Abbott. Do not use the formulas if:

  • The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and
  • The code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
  • The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

The code is printed on the product packaging near the expiration date (see product image).

These affected powdered infant formulas have the potential to be contaminated with Cronobacter, a bacterium that can cause severe foodborne illness primarily in infants.

What to watch for:

  • If your child is acting well, with normal appetite, wet diapers and bowel movements, do not worry.
  • If your child has already consumed one of the recalled formulas and is acting well, no action is needed.
  • Monitor for severe diarrhea, blood in the stool, lethargy, fever, vomiting, yellowing of the eyes, poor feeding, and/or labored breathing.

What to do:

  • If you have formulas involved in the recall, stop using that formula.  You can contact Abbott to start a return process similacrecall.co
  • If you are worried that your child is ill, please contact your provider immediately or if there is an emergency, please consider the closest children’s ER.

Read more about the recall – Abbott’s press release.