Adults and children over 2 years old - Thank you for wearing a mask or face covering to your appointment!
Concord Pediatrics is closely monitoring the pandemic caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are following all guidelines from the CDC and the NH Department of Health and Human Services. We will update this page frequently as new information become available. (10/8/20)
Please see our Help I'm stuck at home with my kids! and Anxiety Resources pages for Mental Health and Parenting Resources (including tips on "How to talk with your children about COVID-19") if you or your children are struggling.
Frequently asked questions:
How can I get a COVID-19 Test?
Currently Concord Pediatrics has supplies to send COVID-19 PCR tests (nasal swabs) with an anticipated results in about 3 days. The testing facility has a turn around time of 3 to 7 days. Call us at (603) 224-1929 for an appointment if your child is sick or has had contact with someone who is sick and needs to be seen. COVID testing can be done at this appointment.
For additional testing options we are directing families to look into the list of COVID Testing Options on the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services Website.
What about school and daycare and sports?
Read more about Returning to School During COVID-19 at healthychildren.org.
Public Health guidelines state that a child must be sent home from school (or stay home from school) if they develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19, even if those symptoms are mild. Unfortunately, it is impossible to distinguish the symptoms of a common cold from symptoms of COVID-19 and we cannot write a “return to school” note without performing a COVID test. We can evaluate your child and do testing for COVID-19 at our office. We are able to provide documentation of previously known conditions such as headaches, seasonal allergies or asthma.
What about playing with friends? Seeing family?
When getting together with someone outside your immediate family (whomever you live with) it is important to have open and frequent conversations about risk tolerance and the degree to which your family is isolating. Anytime you are physically close to other people, the risk of transmission of coronavirus increases (compared to staying physically distanced), but there are certainly ways you can minimize this risk. If you decide to get together with other people - continue to discuss risks and exposures, and be ready to alter plans if the number of infections in our area goes up, or if anyone in your group feels the slightest bit ill. Being outside, spread out, and wearing masks will decrease your risk.
Is Concord Pediatrics still seeing patients? Do I need to cancel my appointment?
We are open! We recognize, as does the American Academy of Pediatrics, that is very important to keep children up to date with their routine immunizations and to screen for developmental and growth problems.
We will work with you to care for your sick child. Please avoid the Emergency Room or Urgent Care unless you have a true medical emergency.
At Concord Pediatrics we always strive to have the cleanest clinic environment as possible. We are following all guidelines from the CDC for infection control and we have instituted additional practices such as removing all free standing toys and books from our waiting area and rooms. Our staff, doctors, nurse practitioners will be wearing masks at your child's sick visit.
You can help us keep our office a safe place to continue to seek medical care for your child by:
- Calling our office before you come to your appointment if someone in your family has COVID-19 (has a positive test), or has had contact with someone with COVID-19.
- Bringing as few people to the appointment as possible. If possible, leave siblings and additional adults at home (however if siblings need a flu vaccine - bring them along to the appointment!).
- Washing hands before and after your visit.
- Not eating in the waiting room or exam room.
- Wearing your own mask covering your nose and mouth to the building (adults and children over 2) even if you are feeling well. You should not put a mask or covering on your baby or child under 2 years old. Read about face coverings here.
What can I do to keep my family from getting sick?
There is currently not a vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home!
- Have fun outside, spread out from other people. Avoid Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wear a facemask - for your own health and to protect others.
- We should all act as if we have COVID-19 and don't know it yet (people may feel well early in the illness but still be spreading germs). Wearing a mask helps protect others from your germs. If everyone wears a mask, you too will be safer (protected) as other people aren't spreading their germs. Read more about face coverings for coronavirus here.
- If you or your child is uncomfortable wearing a mask, try on different masks - make sure the fabric is soft, not too thick, and choose straps do not pull ears forward. Disposable masks are now available in stores and online, and may be lighter and more comfortable for some people. Try wearing a mask for short periods of time each day. Point out masks that look cool, adults and kids who are working and playing in masks, and talk about how important it is to keep people in our community safe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If your child is feeling anxious or obsessive about germs, focus on washing hands after using the bathroom, and before eating, (and after coming home if for some reason you have been out).
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
For the most up-to-date information visit the CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel page.
Please see the following links for more helpful information.
- CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website for "What you should know," "Latest Updates," and "Information for Specific Audiences."
- NH Department of Health and Human Services 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for "Frequently Asked Questions," and the latest updates for New Hampshire