As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to climb, many parents who have a child/teen with a chronic condition or a child/teen who is immunocompromised have questions about precautions and preparations they can take.
It is important that parents and caregivers of children and teens who are immunocompromised or have an underlying health condition understand the best practices to help stop the spread of the illness.
Many of the precautions parents and caregivers should take for children with chronic conditions or those who are immunocompromised are the same precautions as those that are otherwise healthy.
First, it’s key that all members of the household practice consistent and quality hand-washing. This means washing hands with water and soap often for 20 seconds each time.
Other preventive measures:
Many of our parents with a child who has an underlying health condition are asking if their child should wear a mask for protection. Our experts do not recommend the use of masks at this time for prevention of infection, as they have not been shown to be effective. It is better to focus on all members of the household practicing good hand hygiene and avoiding potentially infected individuals.
Additionally, many of our families have questions about upcoming, scheduled clinic visits or labs. Staff will be rescheduling non-urgent patient appointments and non-urgent, elective surgical procedures. Please contact your physician’s office if you have not been contacted or if you have questions. If you do have a nescessary appointment or procedure, we urge:
Lastly, parents and caregivers have been concerned about medication supplies. At this time, there is no issue with the supply of immunosuppressive medications. There are a host of problems with obtaining extra medication including insurance approval and expiration dates for compounded suspension. We do recommend that you plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute to obtain your refills.
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