Stay up-to-date on the most current news at Brandywine Pediatrics. We will post office closings, vaccine availability, and more as news is available.
Call (302) 478-2604 or your triage nurse for an immunization visit.
Brandywine Pediatrics recommends influenza vaccination (“the flu shot”) for all patients every year. This winter, with COVID-19 also in the community, flu shots may be even more important than usual. Schedule a visit for one of our flu clinics or get the shot during a routine visit.
If your child is experiencing symptoms that could suggest COVID-19, we are advising that (s)he be tested. If your child undergoes testing at Christiana, St Francis or DE Diagnostic Labs, you will hear from our office with results within 5 days. Otherwise, the testing sites should inform you directly of the results. Of note, AI was performing testing but as of 7/20/20, they are limiting testing to children being admitted to their facilities. Current testing options include:
- Delaware Department of Public Health (DPH) offers daily testing at sites throughout all counties. Script/referral not needed. https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing-events/
- Walgreens is pairing with DE DPH to provide free testing (self administered nasal swab) at one site per county 7 days/week. Refer to Walgreens website to register. Locations include:
-536 Main Street Stanton, DE
-700 S. Ridge Avenue, Middletown, DE
-1215 S. State St,Dover, DE
-9202 Commercial Centre Drive, Bridgeville, DE
- Christiana Hospital Provider Referral Centers (200 Hygeia Drive): M-F 9-3, Sat 8-12; a paper script or email script required; set up appointment on website: Christianacare.org/coronavirus-testing.
- CCHS also runs Community based testing sites which don’t require a script:
-Latin American Community Center, M&F 10am-1pm; 302-320-6439 for
-Kingswood Community Center: Tuesday/Thursday: 10am-1pm: 302-428-6586 for appointments-St Francis Hospital: By appointment. M-F 9a-3pm, Pt schedules at 302-421-4949 (order to be faxed to 302-421-6916, Attn St Francis COVID-19 Center)
- BayHealth (Dover). By Appointment. M-F, 8:15-6pm.No order needed. 302-310-8477 for appointments.
- BeeBee (Sussex Co). By Appt. M-F 8am-4pm. Order must be faxed by our office (302)644-7016); phone: 302-645-3200 for appointments
- PA DPH testing: http://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Sympoms-Testing.aspx
- Drive through testing site at CHOP Brandywine Valley (M/W/Sat). Requires physician order. Once order accepted, you will receive an email to schedule. Results will be conveyed via CHOP Portal. https://www.chop.edu/covid-19-testing-kids
- Delaware Diagnostic Labs: 1 Centurian Dr Suite- #103, Newark, DE 19713
script needed. phone 302-407-5903; fax (888)777-9197
- CHOP Urgent Care at Brandywine Valley (must be symptomatic).
- Nemours Urgent Care at Brandywine Valley (must be symptomatic).
Until the COVID-19 test is resulted, we advise that your child and all family members remain out of work/school/camp. If a negative test is confirmed, your child will be cleared to return to camp/school once fever free for 24 hours and with improving symptoms.
If your child if COVID-19 positive or should you decide to defer COVID-19 testing (ie, assume COVID-19), your child will need to remain out of school/camps/work until the child is fever free for 24 hours AND 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and all symptoms are improving. All contacts of the household will need to quarantine for an additional 14 days from their last exposure to the sick contact (in most cases, the day that the child is cleared for return) which could be as long 24 days.
You should treat your child’s symptoms as you are used to with other viral illness. We encourage plenty of fluids, use of Tylenol (and Ibuprofen if you need it ) to improve symptoms of fever/achiness/headache and close monitoring.
Please call us immediately or seek care in the Emergency room if your child:
-spikes a temperature of 105.
-experiences chest pain/trouble breathing or if you observe signs of difficulty breathing
-your child fails to void (urinate) every 6-8 hours
-is lethargic and not improving with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin/Advil (ibuprofen).
Due to COVID-19 pandemic and the highly contagious and unpredictable course of the novel coronavirus, Brandywine Pediatrics has changed its procedures for seeing more potentially contagious patients. All patients with fevers, respiratory symptoms (such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (such as vomiting, diarrhea) will be seen by a dedicated physician in the “sick pod” of the day or in an isolation room, with no overlap with routine healthy visits. We know that there may be contagion from healthy or mildly sick appearing patients, so we are striving to separate families from others as much as possible. We are minimizing waiting room times and cleaning all furniture as well as exam rooms between patients. To accomplish this, we may ask you to wait in your car until your appointment time or use a different entrance than previously. You will receive instructions when you schedule your visit. Thank you for understanding and for helping us keep everyone as healthy as possible!
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brandywine Pediatrics’ providers will be offering Telemedicine visits WHEN APPLICABLE. While some issues (for example, rashes & medication checks) are generally doable via telemedicine, some visits are unable to be conducted effectively by remote exam. Our preference, of course, is always to see your child in person when able. Please look under “Links and Forms” to download a consent form for telemedicine visits.
Brandywine Pediatrics is excited to announce that Dr. Madison Houff has joined our team this month (July 2020), inheriting Dr. Eng’s practice. Dr. Eng is a founding member of our practice and has been beloved by his patients and those of us who have had the pleasure to work with him. He will be missed by all but we wish him a wonderful retirement. Dr. Houff is a Delaware native, born and raised here in Wilmington. She graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College in nearby Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology. She then attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Afterwards, she completed her internship and residency training at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children where she was honored to be awarded the Dr. McDermott Award for Excellence in Primary Care at the end of her training. [This is particularly symbolic to us, as Dr. McDermott was also one of the founding members of our practice.] In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and theater. She is thrilled to be joining Brandywine Pediatrics and practicing in her hometown.
Please call Michelle to schedule your Child’s Physicals @ 302-478-2604.
As Delaware and surrounding states begin slowly to lift restrictions, we want to remind you again that our office is open. We are adhering to the guidance issued from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Reduced vaccination rates during this pandemic could lead to a compounding outbreak of vaccine preventable disease. The AAP is advising that all well visits be attended to in a timely fashion. Please call and make your child’s routine visit today. Remember that we are splitting all well visits from sick visits and implementing multiple measures to limit any unnecessary exposure to you and your family.
In the midst of an already stressful time, the media is providing substantial coverage of MIS-C, a severe COVID-19-associated condition being observed in children. Like the novel coronavirus, this condition is new and information about it is evolving. We want families to be aware of symptoms to monitor but also want to remind you that it remains an extremely rare condition. Additionally, because aspects of the syndrome have been observed in similar conditions that we have been treating for many years, there are effective therapies and the vast majority of children are recovering.