Baby Formula Shortage

If your child is older than 6 months of age and is usually on regular formula (not a specialty product for allergies or other special health needs), this may be an option. In a pinch, you could feed them whole cow’s milk for a brief period of time until the shortage is better. This is not ideal and should not become routine. However, it is a better option than diluting formula or making homemade formula. Although we don’t have a specific amount of cow milk that infants 6-12 months should drink in this situation, follow the limits of no more than 24 ounces a day for children over a year of age.

Visit American Academy of Pediatrics to learn more about what should I do if I can’t find any baby formula.

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Caring For Your Child’s Sensitive Skin

Your little ones have extra sensitive skin because it’s thinner than yours. Their immune system has not fully developed yet, so they are more susceptible to irritants of all kinds. It’s important for parents to stay ahead of the curve and remove common irritants inside your home and while enjoying the outside. Caring for your child’s sensitive skin is an ongoing parental challenge.

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Navigating Through Teething

Just when you think you finally can get some sleep and your sweet baby is into a routine, all of a sudden things turn on a dime. They are cranky, cry and keep you up at night, and it’s deja vu all over again. You are now officially navigating through teething. Here are some tips to make it a bit less traumatic for you and your baby.

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Updated Mask Policies for Pediatric Associate Offices

The new CDC recommendations, and the lifting of community mask mandates, are positive signs for us all.

However, because we are a medical facility who serves high-risk patients, and these risks are still present, we will continue to require masks for staff and visitors in all of our buildings at this time.

Thank you for your understanding, and for protecting these vulnerable individuals.

We look forward to the time when we can see each other with full smiles soon.

Stay tuned for more updates.

COVID-19 Tests In Our Offices: Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Testing For Children in Greater Columbus

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Testing Questions

At Pediatric Associates, Inc., we offer comprehensive COVID-19 testing for children in the Greater Columbus area. If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is in need of a test please schedule an appointment at one of our office locations today!

Can my children get a COVID test in your office?

Yes, if you have a child (or children) who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you can schedule an ill visit with a doctor to be tested for COVID-19.

If my child has no symptoms, but has been exposed and needs a test to return to school or activities, can you do the test in your office?

Yes. You can schedule a doctor’s visit to have your child seen and tested.

Do you offer “nurse only” visits for COVID-19 testing?

No. Due to shortages in nursing staff, we are not able to offer this service. But you can schedule an appointment with a physician.

Do you have home COVID-19 tests you can give us?

No. We have an antigen test we use in our office. You can now order COVID-19 tests for your family at https://www.covidtests.gov/ .

Everyone in our house either has COVID or has been exposed.  Will you see our children if needed?

Yes! If your child has more severe COVID symptoms such as breathing difficulties or severe wheezing, we will direct them to an Emergency Department. Call your primary office first to see how best to schedule your child.

Schedule an Appointment for COVID-19 Testing in the Greater Columbus Area

If your child is in need of COVID-19 testing, schedule an appointment at one of our pediatric clinics in Canal Winchester, Hillard, Delaware, Pickerington or Columbus, OH. Our board-certified pediatricians are here to answer any questions you may have and are dedicated to helping your child feel better.

How Much Sleep Do Babies And Children Need?

Just as we can get cranky and not respond up to par without sufficient sleep, babies and children react the same way. The National Sleep Foundation has set some guidelines for parents. Of course, a child can vary from the recommendations a little and still be getting healthy sleep. Exactly how much sleep do babies and children need? We will provide you with some guidelines.

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Speech Development Expectations: From Infancy to Preschool

Although every child learns to speak at his or her own pace, parents want to know if their child’s speech and language development is on the right track. There are general milestones which are helpful in understanding age-appropriate speech development expectations from infancy to preschool. These guidelines can help parents and other caregivers to know if extra help might be needed.

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Our COVID-19 Vaccine Statement and Recommendations

Pediatric Associates Family,

We endorse the COVID-19 vaccine in the 5 to 11 year old age group. This vaccine has been highly successful at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in the other age groups where it has been given FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). It has also been highly effective at preventing symptomatic illness from COVID-19.

We believe in the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine, and we will be offering this to our patients in our offices. We will be limited by supply and storage considerations, but plan to have it available to our patients as best as we can. We also encourage you to have your children receive the vaccine wherever you can schedule an appointment. That could be at the health department, your local community hospital, or the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The support of this vaccine, like our support for other vaccines, is motivated solely by medical evidence and our commitment to the health of your children and our community. We have no financial or political gains for our recommendations. For more information, see our Vaccine Facts Sheet, on our social media pages, courtesy of content expert Katelyn Jetelina, MD (Your Local Epidiemiologist on Facebook), and have a discussion with your child’s pediatrician.

Thank you always for your hard work as parents, and your support of our practice during this pandemic.

Schedule an COVID-19 Vaccination

Pediatric Associates, Inc. offers COVID-19 vaccinations for patients 5 and older in the greater Columbus area. For more information about vaccination availability and to schedule an appointment, please contact our office and request an appointment today!