At Home with Coronavirus
We are in the midst of very difficult times. It is certainly inconvenient to stay home in lockdown during the current coronavirus pandemic, but please understand that it is absolutely necessary, and is the right thing to do to combat and control the spread of COVID-19. Stay home. Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds (plain soap and water is preferred). Kids frequently put their fingers in their eyes, mouth and nose, so teach them proper hand hygiene as well. If you must leave the house, wear a mask and practice social distancing. Please call the office if your child is sick and/or you have questions. We can help you decide if he/she needs to come in. We also offer Telehealth visits. We do recommend that infants continue to come in for their routine visits and immunizations.

Can kids get COVID-19?
They can, but it is much less common in children, and is usually a mild illness. It is uncommon for kids to get severely ill or be hospitalized, and very rare to end up in the ICU.

Prevent Boredom
Children need a routine. Set up a healthy and productive daily schedule and post it on the refrigerator or other visible place. Include wake time, meal and snack times, learning time, play time, exercise, and bedtime. Have the kids help set up the schedule. If you are working from home, include the adults' work time on the schedule as well. Have dinner together as a family every night: eat, talk, discuss the day. It's a good idea to have a designated spot for school/learning. Sometimes a timer can be useful to warn children that it will soon be time to transition to the next activity. Have them help with the household chores. Set expectations. Communicate.

Formula Shortage
Given supply chain issues and formula recalls, it may be getting harder and harder for you to find the formula your child needs. If you are unable to find formula at your regular supplier try these alternatives: • Pharmacies, smaller grocery stores, large convenience stores, food banks • Call your local WIC office (supplemental nutrition for women, infants, and children) • Order online (but only from reputable sources) • Call your pediatrician office to see if they have samples available • Check with other parents, through local Mom's groups or social media, to see if they have unopened formula they no longer need. Never use anything that has been opened by someone else or is expired. • Most infants are on cow's milk formula and can usually switch to a similar product without any concerns. If your pediatrician or a GI specialist suggested a specific formula for your child, please contact them before switching. Do not: • Never water down the formula. Always make as directed by the manufacturer or your pediatrician. • Do not make your own formula at home. • Do not use toddler formulas if your child is under one year of age. They do not have the same nutrients. • Do not use animal milk or plant milk (cow, goat, almond, soy, etc). Infant digestive tracts are not ready for these and they do not have the necessary nutrients. Please do not hesitate to contact your pediatrician's office with questions about how to best feed your baby. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services also offers a Formula Fact Sheet with a list of manufacturer hotlines, community resources, and more.

Fall Sports - Middle and High School
Middle school and high school fall sports start mid August to early September. Get your DIAA (Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association) form completed for the 2022-23 school year any time after April 1, 2022. If your child has had a physical in the last year, you just need to fill out the parent portion of the DIAA form and drop it off to our office for completion. It may take up to a week for this to be done. If your child has NOT had a physical in the last year, then they will need to get scheduled for a physical as soon as possible - please call the office to set that appointment up.

Flu Vaccine
Beacon Pediatrics has available quadrivalent preservative-free flu shots. To schedule your flu vaccine, please call our office 302-645-8212. All of the providers at Beacon Pediatrics, STRONGLY RECOMMEND all patients age 6 months of age and older get their flu vaccine. Getting your flu vaccine this season during the COVID-19 pandemic is especially important to help protect your child from the flu. We are especially concerned about this upcoming respiratory season and want to have our patients as protected and prepared as they can be.

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HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices
Beacon Pediatrics LLC
18947 John J. Williams Hwy.
Suite 212
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
302-645-8212
Effective as of September 23, 2013
 
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU OR YOUR CHILD MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
 
This Notice of Privacy is NOT an authorization.  It describes how we, our Business Associates and their subcontractors, may use and disclose your Protected Health Information (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law.  It also describes your rights to access and control your Protected Health Information.  "Protected Health Information" (PHI) is information, including demographic, that may identify your child and that relates to the past, present or future physical or mental health conditions and related health care services.
 
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI)
 
PHI may be used and disclosed by your physician, our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in the care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services, to pay bills, to support the operation of the physician's practice and any other use as required by law.
 
Treatment:  We will use and disclose your PHI to provide, coordinate or manage the health care or any related services.  This includes the coordination and management of health care with a third party i.e. so a referral physician will have the necessary information to diagnose and treat.
 
Payment:  PHI will be used to obtain payment for services rendered.
 
Reminders/Announcements:  We may use PHI to contact you by phone, text or mail or email for appointment reminders or with newsletters or announcements about special events.
 
As Required by Law:  We must disclose PHI about you without authorization if federal, state or local laws require us to do so or if there is a serious threat to health and safety.
 
Judicial Proceedings:  We may disclose PHI in response to a court order or subpoena or other lawful process.
 
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING PRIVATE HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI) WE MAINTAIN ABOUT YOU
 
Inspect and Copy:  You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of your child's PHI.  You must state the reason for your request.  The request must be in writing.  There will a charge for this as allowed by the State of Delaware.
 
Right to Amend:  If you believe that any PHI we have is incorrect or incomplete, you have the right to request an amendment.  The request must be in writing.  We may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that was not created by us, is not part of information that you would be permitted to inspect and copy or is accurate and complete.  If the request is denied, you will be notified in writing.
 
Confidential Communications:  You have the right to request that we communicate by alternative means or at an alternative location.
 
Restricted Use:  You can restrict, in writing, that we restrict PHI disclosure to insurance payer if you pay cash at the time of service.
 
Right to Accounting of Disclosures:  You have the right to receive an accounting of the disclosures made by us as required by law except for disclosures pursuant to an authorization, for purposes of treatment, payment and healthcare operations.
 
Breach of PHI:  You will be notified if your unsecured PHI has been breached.
 
Paper Copy of the Notice:  You have the right to receive a paper copy of this Notice.  The Notice is available at our reception desk and from our website www.beaconpediatrics.net.
 
COMPLAINTS
You may complain to us or the Secretary of Health and Human Services within 180 days if you believe your privacy rights have been violated.  There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.
 
Acknowledgement
 
Patient's Name:__________________________________________
Parent or Legal Guardian's Signature:_______________________
Date:_______________________________________