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.

COVID Vaccine Scheduling Instructions
STEP 1: Click the Yellow "Schedule COVID Vaccination Appointment", STEP 2: Select Visit Type: Office Visit Select Location: Main Office Select Appointment Type: Select either Covid Vaccine Initial or Subsequent Click "Schedule", STEP 3: Select a date and time, STEP 4: Complete Reason for Visit "Covid vaccine 1 or 2" and Insurance Information then Click "Continue", STEP 5: Under New Patient, click "Register", STEP 6: Complete Registration (4 steps) (write down User Name and Password for future use), STEP 7: Click on "Check In" and Complete the Demographic section, Insurance Info, and Fill In & Sign COVID vaccine form now. ***This must be done at least 24 hours before COVID vaccine visit but it is helpful to us to have it completed when scheduling. *** If you are unable to complete all the items at initial sign up, you may go to www.web.mycareplan.com/login to login in and complete.

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.

Weather Alerts
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Cathy Haut, DNP, CPNP

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and have lived in the Baltimore area until January, 2013 when my husband had an opportunity to transfer his work to the Delmarva shore, so we decided to move permanently to the beach, where we have vacationed for many years. We have two grown children and a son-in-law whom we hope will visit us frequently! I am very excited to be joining the pediatricians and staff at Beacon Pediatrics. I have been a nurse for more than 30 years, and a pediatric nurse practitioner for the past 17 years. I have cared for children in various settings including office practice, school based wellness centers, the intensive care nursery and intensive care pediatrics, spending the last many years working at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. My experience also includes teaching nursing and nurse practitioner students at the University of Maryland.
I look forward to meeting the children and families of the community and hope to share my experience and expertise with you in keeping your children well as they grow and develop.

Undergraduate Education
BSN, Notre Dame College of Maryland

Graduate Education:
MS in Maternal-Child Nursing: 1993
Post Master Certificate - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: 1996
Doctor of Nursing Practice: 2010
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner