The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about numerous changes in many aspects of our lives, including healthcare. Pediatric appointments have also seen a significant shift as medical professionals try to mitigate the spread of the virus. In this article, we will discuss the changes in pediatric appointments and what parents can expect during this time.
1. Telemedicine Appointments
The widespread of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in telemedicine appointments for pediatric care.
Advantages of Telemedicine Appointments
- Convenient and accessible: Parents can access medical care from the comfort of their own homes.
- Time-saving: No need to commute to the clinic, saving time and effort.
- Reduced exposure to the virus: The risk of exposure to the virus is reduced, providing a safer environment for both parents and children.
Disadvantages of Telemedicine Appointments
- Technical difficulties: Technical issues such as poor internet connectivity can affect the quality of the appointment.
- Limited examination: Telemedicine appointments may not allow for a thorough physical examination.
- Inadequate equipment: Without proper equipment, it can be challenging to diagnose some conditions accurately.
How to Prepare for Telemedicine Appointments
- Test internet connectivity: Ensure that you have a stable internet connection before the appointment.
- Gather necessary equipment: Have a notebook and pen ready to take notes and have any medication or medical equipment nearby.
- Plan ahead: Prepare any questions or concerns you may have before the appointment to make the most of the time.
2. In-person Appointments
In-person appointments are still being offered by pediatric clinics, but with additional safety measures in place.
Safety Measures in Place
- Screening: Parents and children are screened for symptoms and potential exposure to the virus before entering the clinic.
- Mask policy: Wearing masks is mandatory for everyone in the clinic.
- Physical distancing: Clinics have implemented physical distancing measures to reduce the spread of the virus.
- Increased cleaning: Clinics have increased their cleaning and disinfection procedures to maintain a safe environment.
What to Expect During In-person Appointments
- Longer wait times: Due to the additional safety measures, wait times may be longer than usual.
- Reduced number of appointments: Clinics may have reduced the number of appointments to limit the number of people in the clinic.
- Precautions: Expect to have your temperature taken and to answer screening questions before entering the clinic.
How to Prepare for In-person Appointments
- Check clinic policies: Before the appointment, check the clinic’s policies and procedures regarding COVID-19.
- Bring a mask: Ensure that both you and your child have a mask and wear it at all times in the clinic.
- Arrive on time: Arrive at the appointment at the designated time to minimize exposure to other patients.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes to pediatric dentistry appointments, with telemedicine appointments becoming more common and additional safety measures in place for in-person appointments. Parents can expect a mix of telemedicine and in-person appointments, depending on the clinic