Welcome to the new normal, where social distancing has moved birthday parties, graduation ceremonies and gym classes online. And in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, even doctor’s appointments have gone virtual.
On one hand, it’s nice to no longer have to wrestle your toddler into the car seat and then try to entertain them in the waiting room (while making sure they don’t touch anything). But then again, if your kid is sick or due for a check-up, you want to make sure they are getting the care and attention they need.
“Now more than ever, pediatricians want every child to receive care for illness, wellness visits and routine vaccinations,” says Dr. Natasha Burgert from Pediatric Associates in Overland Park, Kansas. “As the pandemic continues, it's important to learn about the measures your pediatrician’s office has taken to continue to care for your community. In most areas, one way to get cared for by your child’s medical professional is through virtual visits,” she adds.
Depending on your doctor and area, many regularly scheduled well-child visits and last-minute sick visits can be conducted online. Call your pediatrician and ask them if they recommend an in-person visit or a virtual appointment. (Virtual appointments are not appropriate for serious conditions that require immediate attention or emergency care.)