Staying on Top of Children’s Health During the Pandemic

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Tips to Help You and Your Baby Stay Safe During the Pandemic

What Questions to Ask, Immunization Information, and What to Consider Before Going to an Appointment

Your child’s care provider does many important things, like checking your baby’s development and giving immunizations. They can also help you watch over your baby’s health. Your baby should go to at least 8 well-child visits before they are 15 months old. However, COVID-19 has made it difficult to leave the house and get to appointments. Now more than ever, it is critically important to stay on top of your baby’s health.

There is a lot to think about as you get ready for your baby’s appointments. And your baby is always developing new needs. Having a game plan on what to ask and when can go a long way towards you getting the most out of each early well-child visit.

Dr. Arethusa Kirk discusses:

•             What questions to ask your baby’s doctor and when

•             The importance of continue well-child visits even during a pandemic

•             Sorting through the conflicting information regarding well-child visits and immunizations

•             Tips to have in mind before going to an appointment

•             How UnitedHealthcare can serve as a resource for you and your baby

 Station Note: This segment is brought to you by UnitedHealthcare

About Dr. Arethusa Kirk

Dr. Arethusa Stevens Kirk is the Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Maryland where she directs clinical initiatives for member-centric care coordination, population health, and quality programs. Dr. Kirk has served as a National Health Service Corps Scholar and as the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Total Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Baltimore City. She continues to practice as an Associate Physician of the Neurology and Development Inpatient Unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute and as a primary care physician. Prior to her career in medicine she served as a volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity in India and as a Health Education Coordinator in The Gambia West Africa for the U.S. Peace Corps.