Kids with chronic disease can safely access care during the coronavirus pandemic

Medical teams are still learning about COVID’s impact on children. While the majority of children have a relatively mild illness, children with complex health care needs sometimes have more symptoms. Some examples of conditions with more complex needs include asthma or other lung conditions requiring medication or ventilators, heart conditions, and diabetes.

That’s why pediatricians and specialists are implementing new, safe ways for families to access care for their children and update their individual health plans.

Jade Elliott spoke with Dr. Neal Davis, pediatrician, Intermountain Healthcare, about what parents should do if their child needs to visit the doctor.

Many medical practices for children are now able to perform video visits with patients with these type of medical conditions. These visits are a perfect time for parents to check in with their child’s medical provider and make sure they have a clear plan of care for their child.

This plan of care includes making sure parents and providers have a shared understanding of the care plan, including current medications and how to reduce risk of severe sickness, and a clear pathway for communication if the child starts to get sick and parents have concerns.

For more information, please contact your child’s medical office to learn about the specific practices they are using to provide needed services while reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.