Saturday May 16, 2020
Dear Redbud families,
Many parents are asking questions about COVID and their children. There is still much to be learned about COVID in children, and no one has all the answers.
What does COVID-19 illness look like in children? COVID-19 in children is a much milder disease than it is in adults. It’s often less severe than a course of influenza, and a portion of children do not have any symptoms. There is typically fever over 102, and at least one of the following symptoms: low energy, cough, chills, headache, or diarrhea.1
Should my child be tested? I have heard the test is not very reliable. The current testing for COVID is far from perfect; we suspect that there may be many children who have had COVID-19 and were tested but were negative, or were never sick enough to get tested. Nevertheless, we still recommend it, and are performing the test at Redbud when a child is sick with symptoms suspicious for COVID-19, because a positive test result is reliable. However, a negative test result is not as reliable, as the most common error the test makes is a false negative.3
How many children are getting get severely ill from COVID-19?: Severe illness from COVID-19 in children is really unusual! For children, the risk of death from COVID-19 illness seems to be lower than their risk of death from seasonal influenza.4
What if my child has asthma? Asthma, it turns out, does not seem to put children (or adults) at higher risk of severe disease from COVID-19.5 The children at higher risk of severe COVID are those who have multiple complex medical problems, and those with heart disease, diabetes, immunosuppression, and obesity.
What is the scary new syndrome in children all about? There is now recognition of a different kind of illness that affects children, called Pediatric Inflammatory Multi-system Syndrome (“PIMS”). This is thought to be a “post viral syndrome”, meaning that the illness happens after having COVID-19 illness and is triggered by the child’s immune response to the virus. There have been about 150 cases recently reported, mostly in New York. It is rare but serious, and there are treatments available. If your child has a fever above 102 and is very ill appearing, please call us to have your child evaluated as soon as possible.2
Thank you for trusting us with your child’s care. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have concerns about your child’s physical or emotional health. We are ready to help.
Dr. Reddy and your team at Redbud Pediatrics
Saturday May 2, 2020
Dr. Lopez, Dr. Pham, and Katrina, PA are excited to return to patient care at their home office at 7570 W. 21st Street on Monday, May 11th. We are grateful and proud of our patients’ and families’ fortitude and cooperation throughout the COVID stay at home orders. Thank you! Wichita is in phase 1 of opening back up with the number of confirmed COVID cases on the decline, and never having reached an alarming peak.
Though we are happy to be more open, we will continue to maintain a degree of vigilance over the course of the next several weeks. We are seeing well child visits for all ages, but most “sick” visits will continue to be done via video telehealth care.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Dr. Rebecca Reddy
Saturday, April 25, 2020
We are beginning the process of transitioning back to two office locations, we know you west siders are glad to hear that!
As we begin this transition, we want to keep you up to date on the extra steps we are taking at our office to keep everyone safe. These include:
Separating sick visits and well child care – Visits for well checkups will continue to be conducted in different exam space from care for children who are sick. If your child is scheduled for a well check but has been sick with a fever, cough, or diarrhea within the past week, please call our office to discuss rescheduling.
Telemedicine – We continue to use video visits as a means of providing care during the pandemic. Telehealth gives us the ability to provide quality healthcare services safely and remotely to patients via computer, tablet or mobile device. Simply call the office or click here to get started.
Screening staff daily for signs and symptoms of illness – If one of our staff members feels ill or has a temp of 100.0 or above, they go home and receive follow-up evaluations before returning to work.
Extra cleaning – The rooms, the door knobs, the bathroom, the floors, the medical equipment, the laptops, the clipboards and pens. . . you name it, we are disinfecting it. Repeatedly. And our hands, but with soap and water, of course.
Patient check-in from your car – No waiting room time. Patients should continue to call our office once you have arrived to check in. Your car is the waiting room! We will call you and escort you directly to your child’s room as soon as possible.
One parent per patient – Only one parent may accompany a child to their visit, and no other children, please. It makes us sad too, to limit our contact with families. We enjoy seeing families together and value input from all caregivers. If a second parent or caregiver wants to be involved in a child’s visit, the parent present in the room can Facetime them in on the visit.
Wear a mask – Our staff are all wearing masks as a way to reduce the spread of the virus. We ask adults and children (when age-appropriate) to wear a mask when you are out of your home and around other people. Please bring your cloth or medical mask and wear it in our office during your child’s visit.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Redbud Pediatrics has temporarily closed our West office and is directing all patient care to the East side. This enabled us to consolidate our team in response to the COVID19 pandemic. Our goal is to limit our staff’s exposure to patients as well as our patients’ exposure to staff to limit transmission of the virus. We have cancelled all but essential in-person visits and reserved dedicated “clean” space for well checks with immunizations and other non-infectious medical care. Our brand-new East office has two independent patient care wings which are on separate HVAC systems. The north wing, previously unused, has been opened and is the area for “sick” care. The south wing is reserved for “clean” care.
In addition, our patients can see a doctor via telemedicine anytime during business hours and on evenings and weekends for urgent concerns. To access telemedicine, just call our office. During weekdays, our daytime staff will schedule your child and explain the visit process, and after-hours or weekends our nurse triage service will arrange the visit.
As always, Redbud Pediatrics remains committed to quality, compassionate, science-based care for your child and the children of Wichita.
Dr. Rebecca Reddy
Monday, March 23, 2020
In an effort to provide our patients care during local quarantine, self-isolation and general social distancing measures, we now offer telemedicine appointments.
Telemedicine gives us the ability to provide quality healthcare services safely and remotely to patients via computer, tablet or mobile device. Please call the office to schedule a telemedicine visit if your child is ill.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
We now have dedicated hours of the day for NON-INFECTIOUS visits (such as well checkups and newborns) and sick or potentially contagious visits. Please call ahead to ensure that your child is scheduled accordingly.
In order to reduce the transmission of illness, we will no longer accept walk in patients at any of our office locations. We have many same day sick appointments; please call to schedule an appointment.
If we are not able to immediately place your child in an exam room, please be prepared to return to your car until a room is available. We will call you when the room is ready. In addition, please consider the need to limit the number of people who accompany your child on a visit to our office. Additional persons may be asked to return to their car to reduce the spread of illness.
Our staff and physicians will attempt to limit the time they spend in a sick child’s room to 10 (ten) minutes total in order to avoid sharing of respiratory germs. This is a necessary safety measure as we attempt to keep our health care providers healthy so that we may continue caring for you.
We have ramped up our cleaning efforts at our clinics and are doing our utmost to ensure a clean environment. This means more frequent sanitizing of surfaces and also that we will open our buildings regularly to allow fresh air in. This may cause some temperature fluctuations in our offices.
Information on COVID-19: Information from HealthyChildren.org
Information and Resources on COVID-19: Information and Resources from the CDC
Updates on COVID-19: Updates from KDHE