Well Care Telemedicine MediCal

Birdhouse logo.rightWelcome to Telemedicine Well Care!

Before your visit, print out the form that matches your child’s age form the list below. For example, if your child is 9 months old, select the 9 Month Wellness link. These are the same forms we have you fill out in the office.

Complete the forms and return them to the office via upload to your patient portal or fax. We do not recommend emailing personal health information, but contact the office if you need to do that at (925)939-7334.

On the day of the appointment, measure your child’s height, weight, and temperature. (Tip: When checking your child’s height, have your child stand with his/her feet together and make sure they are standing up straight. This will give a more accurate measurement.) Vision, hearing, lab work and immunizations will be scheduled separately.

To access the virtual appointment:
-Using a laptop or computer with a webcam, go to http://www.doxy.me/CasaVerdePediatrics with your Safari, Google Chrome, or Firefox browser. Maximize bandwidth by asking other members of the household to minimize streaming. You will see a welcome window pop-up asking you to enter your name and check-in. Please enter your child’s name and click “check-in.”
-Call the office at (925)939-7334 when you and your child are in the virtual waiting room so staff can let the doctor know that you are ready.

Newborn wellness

1 month wellness

2 month wellness

4 month wellness

6 month wellness

9 month wellness

12 month wellness

15 month wellness

18 month wellness

2 year wellness

2 1/2 year wellness

3 year wellness

4 year wellness

5 year wellness

6 to 8 year wellness

9 to 11 year wellness

12 year wellness

13 to 17 year wellness

18 to 24 year wellness

 

 

 

 

 

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Well Care Telemedicine

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Welcome to Telemedicine Well Care!

Before your visit, print out the form that matches your child’s age form the list below. For example, if your child is 9 months old, select the 9 Month Wellness link. These are the same forms we have you fill out in the office.

Complete the forms and return them to the office via upload to your patient portal or fax. We do not recommend emailing personal health information, but contact the office if you need to do that at (925)939-7334.

On the day of the appointment, measure your child’s height, weight, and temperature. (Tip: When checking your child’s height, have your child stand with his/her feet together and make sure they are standing up straight. This will give a more accurate measurement.) Vision, hearing, lab work and immunizations will be scheduled separately.

To access the virtual appointment:
-Using a laptop or computer with a webcam, go to http://www.doxy.me/CasaVerdePediatrics with your Safari, Google Chrome, or Firefox browser. Maximize bandwidth by asking other members of the household to minimize streaming. You will see a welcome window pop-up asking you to enter your name and check-in. Please enter your child’s name and click “check-in.”
-Call the office at (925)939-7334 when you and your child are in the virtual waiting room so staff can let the doctor know that you are ready.

Newborn wellness

1 month wellness

2 month wellness

4 month wellness

6 month wellness

9 month wellness

12 month wellness

15 month wellness

18 month wellness

2 year wellness

2 1/2 year wellness

3 year wellness

4 year wellness

5 year wellness

6 to 12 year wellness

13 to 17 year wellness

18 to 24 year wellness

 

 

 

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Don’t bring home an itchy souvenir!

Poison OakPlanning a hike or just enjoying open space near by?

Poison oak is out there, and it’s harder to recognize before it’s fully leafed out.

Read what to do before and after in a vintage blog post here and here.

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Well Care Continues in the time of COVID19

tallerThe American Academy of Pediatrics announced recommendations for offices regarding the care of infants and children during the pandemic.

We must not lose sight of the face that other disease like meningitis, whooping cough, measles, influenza and many others cause significant disease and death in young children.

When COVID19 subsides, we do not want to see a measles epidemic because immunization rates dropped for a large group of children.

The AAP recommends that offices continue to provide well care for infants and children.

We have dedicated specific rooms for well care.

We have a dedicated well entrance and follow best practices with hospital grade disinfectants.

Sick children are being seen in our Satellite Clinic at our same location.

If you have any questions, please contact the office so that we may answer your questions and address your concerns.

Read the recommendations from the AAP here.

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Silver Lining? Potty Time!

boy-and-girl-on-toilet-clip-artStuck at home with the 18 month old and up set? Here’s a post about potty training. If you have a deck or backyard, set up gates to keep your little trainer limited to kitchen and the outdoors.

If toilet paper is a worry, use your old baby wash cloths to wipe and wash them.

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Satellite Clinic: Directions

ReservedParkingWe are seeing patients with fever, cough, and colds in our satellite clinic.

Fresh air provides excellent ventilation against COVID19. The marked parking spots are on the side of the building nearest Ygnacio Valley Road.

Here’s how to get there:

Turn onto Lennon Lane from Ygnacio Valley Road.

Turn left at the blue US Postal service mailboxes into 301 Lennon Lane.

CONTINUE STRAIGHT along the side of the building.

The parking signs will be on your left.

Park in one of the reserved spots.

 

If none are open, park elsewhere and wait for one to open up.

Call the office at (925)939-7334 to let us know you have arrived.

We will meet you at your car.

 

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COVID19: Care Instructions after Testing

First Aid NeonResources for patients who have been tested for COVID19 follow.

This information is evolving rapidly and is provided effective 3/15/2020. Visit the CDC website for updates.

Once the patient has been evaluated for other other known infections, the COVID 19 specimens are sent to the lab. The most recent turn around time for results in 3 days, but it may be longer.

Once your child’s test has been obtained, you must quarantine your child at home until the results are back.

Home Quarantine Information from Contra Costa Department of Public Health

Home Quarantine Information from the CDC

Steps to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus if You are Sick from the CDC

Positive test results for COVID-19: What next? from Contra Costa Department of Public Health

Coronavirus and You from the CDC

What to Do if you are Sick with Coronavirus from the CDC

When and How to Use Masks from the World Health Organization

Why Don’t Cough Medicines Work from Dr. Asta

Cough Medicines and Kids from Dr. Asta

General information about symptom duration for colds, influenza and other respiratory tract infections other than COVID19 are here.

 

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Community Love in the Time of COVID19

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Dear Families,
School closings, containment zones and quarantines are ramping up Coronavirus anxiety for all of us, from the youngest, who respond to our stress, to the elderly, who are most affected, to those of us in the middle, who feel responsible for the whole family.

Dr. Asta and the staff at Casa Verde Pediatrics, Inc. are here for you, not only for medical care but as a source of reliable and accurate information. We suggest you look at COVID-19 information from two perspectives.
1. Personal Safety: the vast majority of people infected by COVID-19 will have mild illness, especially children.
2. Community responsibility: the CDC and the Health Department are trying to limit spread, or at least slow it down. Self-quarantine, containment areas, and social distancing are being implemented for these purposes.

The best way to stay healthy is by practicing good hand washing, remembering not to touch your face, and staying away from large gatherings when possible. Take advantage of the nicer weather and socialize outdoors. If you or any one in your family is sick, stay home.  When needed, cover your cough and sneezing.

Our office will help you through this crisis, as we have so many times in the past.  We were on the front line of H1N1 infection – we made it through that, and together, we will make it through this.

If your child is sick please call us. We are screening patients carefully and doing what is needed to keep our families safe. We are offering telemedicine visits.  Call the office with specific questions. For more info go to our website http://www.cvpediatrics.com and our blog http://www.lmasta@wordpress.com and Facebook page.

Keep your scheduled well care appointments. Babies and children still need to get physicals and the vaccines that protect them from illnesses much more serious than coronavirus.  Our office has implemented procedures to keep you safe. We are following appropriate CDC recommendations. We are cleaning intensely and often.
What else can you do? Shut off the TV and give yourself and your children a break. When possible, keep their schedules normal. Look for anxiety symptoms – such as moodiness, trouble sleeping and separation anxiety.  Talk to your children about their fears. Reassure them.
Check on your elderly neighbors, family and friends.  These people are most at risk for complications of Coronavirus.  Ask if you can get them food, medicine or anything else they need. We are a community, we need to take care of each other.

As always #cvpediatrics.

 

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Early Bird Drop-Ins: SUSPENDED

Birdhouse logo.rightYour family’s health is our primary concern, and for that reason we are suspending our early bird drop-in appointments due to the COVID19 pandemic. This will allow us to coordinate care for sick children and continue to provide necessary wellness services including important immunizations.

Dr. Asta has offered early bird drop in appointments since 1996. They are an excellent way for parents to get things checked first thing in the morning. We hope to bring them back when it’s prudent to do so.

Please call the office for all same day sick appointments. You may also leave a voice mail and staff will call you in the morning to schedule an in-person appointment or telemedicine. We have same day sick appointment slots throughout the day.

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COVID 19 Testing at our office

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COVID19 testing, when clinically appropriate, can be sent from our office. Please call to arrange this in your child’s medical home. 
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