We specialize in well care for babies through adolescence. We handle most chronic medical conditions as well as acute problems.  Many procedures are done right in our office including sutures, immunizations, and wart treatment. 

"From prevention to disease management, we care for all babies, children and adolescents."

FORMULA SHORTAGE ISSUES MAY 2022:  see "Alerts" below for more info.

   COVID 19 VACCINATION:

COVID vaccine is now recommended and approved for children 6 months of age and older.  Beacon Pediatrics is offering vaccine for this latest age group (6 months to 4 years).  We will be offering the Moderna and the Pfizer vaccine.  The Moderna vaccine is 2 doses 1 month apart and the Pfizer vaccine is 3 doses over 11 weeks.  For additional information, please see https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/what-should-parents-know-about-the-covid-vaccine-for-kids-under-5.aspx or discuss with your pediatrician.

COVID vaccine boosters are recommended for ages 5 to 17 years who received their last dose of the vaccine 5 months ago or more.  For those 18 years of age and older:  If you received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine, a booster is recommended 5 months after the primary vaccine series was given.    Pfizer boosters can be scheduled online at by clicking the link to the right or by calling us at 302-645-8212.  We are not offering Moderna boosters; those can be obtained at your local pharmacy or you can switch to the Pfizer vaccine for your booster.

Scheduling for vaccination is available by clicking the "Self-Scheduling" link to the right or by calling the office at 302-645-8212.  When you schedule online, please denote if you prefer Moderna or Pfizer vaccine in the 'Reason for Visit'.  

Additional information about the vaccine can be found at:  Click Here  If you have further questions or concerns about the vaccine, please discuss with your provider.

GUIDANCE FOR SELF SCHEDULING FOR SICK VISITS:

Select "Office Visit" for Visit Type and "Main Office" for Location.  Then select "Schedule" under Same Day Appointment.  Available appointments for today and tomorrow will then be shown.

COVID 19 INFORMATION:

See information below with our current office hours.  All visits will be by appointment only.   Scheduled sick visits are readily available.  For more information on the safety measures that we have taken at Beacon Pediatrics, please refer to "Alerts & Notifications" on the right.

 

    TELEHEALTH INFORMATION:


Beacon Pediatrics offers TELEHEALTH visits with your provider on a daily basis.  These visits can be done for many sick visits, rashes, pink eye, colds, ADHD med checks, depression, anxiety.  We can not do them for well child visits/check-ups.  Call 302-645-8212 for questions or to schedule an appointment.  Please see the Patient Education page for Preparation Information for your TELEHEALTH visit.

 

Monday - Thursday  8 am - 6 pm
Friday   7:30 am - 3pm
Saturday 8 am - 10 am
Sunday 8 am - 10 am
 
 
All visits will be by appointment only.  No walkin visits during this COVID19 pandemic.

Closed Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

 
If you are looking to go to the website to do the PEDS (the online developmental tool), click on the link www.forepath.org/portal.  Please do this developmental assessment several days to a week prior to your child's 9 month, 18 month and 30 month well child checks.


Insurance cards and picture IDs are required at all visits. These are insurance and legal requirements.





For our already established patients, we are happy to offer self-scheduling for Covid & Flu vaccinations and for Acute sick visits by clicking the link below. If you are a new patient, please contact our office for any scheduling needs.





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.