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.

Weather Alerts
none at this time

New Providers joining the practice
Please check out our staff page to learn about our new providers.

Erin Fletcher, DO, FAAP

I grew up in Wilmington, DE. With 8 siblings and 24 cousins, there were always children around. I spent most of my free time baby-sitting, and gravitated towards the babies at family functions. From the time I was 6 years old my dream was to be a mother and a pediatrician. I am currently living that dream!

I graduated from Boston College and went to medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I did my pediatric residency at Crozer Chester Medical Center, and spent about 13 months of that training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I was selected to spend an extra year at Crozer as the chief resident, a position that focuses on resident education as well as serving as a liaison between the residents and the faculty.

I am now happy to have joined the Beacon Pediatrics "family". I am on staff at Beebe Medical Center to care for newborns and sick children. I have special interests in breastfeeding and eliminating children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. I believe in working with families to provide the healthiest, safest lifestyle possible for each individual child. I look forward to working with you and your children in the future.

Undergraduate Education:
Boston College : 2002

Medical Education:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine : 2006

Residency:
Crozer Chester Medical Center : 2009

Board Certifications:
Pediatrics : 2009

Affiliations:
Beebe Medical Center : 2010