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.

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Nancy Gideon, MD, FAAP

I grew up in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. I completed my undergraduate degree in biology at University of Maryland College Park. I then attended Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Throughout high school, college and medical school I enjoyed teaching young children a variety of subjects. So very early on I realized that I enjoyed pediatrics the most. I did my pediatric residency training at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School) in Norfolk, Virginia. One of the greatest things about my training was that even though it was a small program the hospital was the pediatric tertiary care center for the area of more than 2 million people. The small program allowed us as residents to be much more hands on with our care of patients. After residency, I moved to this area to practice general pediatrics and have been here for over 15 years now. I have enjoyed working in this area, getting to know my patients and their families and raising my 3 children. I believe each child should be treated individually and not all things work for every child. It is important to have the parents involved in all aspects of their child's life including their medical care. I enjoy caring for newborns through adolescence. My interests are broad including general wellness and prevention to complex illnesses. I am on staff at Beebe Hospital caring for newborns and sick children.

Undergraduate Education:
University of Maryland College Park : 1991

Medical Education:
Hahnemann University : 1995

Residency:
Children's Hospital of the Kings
Daughters/EVMS : 1998

Other Certifications:
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics : 1999

Board Certified in Pediatrics : 1998 & 2004 & 2012

Affiliations:
Beebe Medical Center - Active Staff : 1998 - present

Medical Director of Cape Henlopen High School Wellness Center : 1998 - 2012