Hello! My name is Kelly. I am the Pediatric Nurse Health Consultant for Early Childhood Health Consultation. Have you ever been working with a child and wondered: is this behavior or action typical in children? Is this normal for their age? What is that rash I’ve seen before? How do I use this piece of medical equipment? What IS this condition that one of my kiddos has? Are my health policies keeping us all safe while not overexcluding kids? I am here for you to help answer those general questions about children’s health and well-being.
No health topic is off limits! Examples of things we’ve helped with:
Example #1: Childcare Center reached out looking for help/guidance on implementing a COVID policy for children 2 and under who cannot be masked.
Our response: We did a policy and literature review of recommendations at the time, and developed a guide sheet for the childcare center to help create a policy that was applicable to their population.
Example #2: “Our team has some questions/concerns about the new chicken pox vaccine requirements that they are hearing from early childhood programs. We were wondering if you could provide some guidance.”
Our response: We provided information and education around chicken pox vaccines, created an applicable chart/tool for them to use.
Example #3: Question about a classroom experiencing a high rate of strep throat.
Our response: Answered questions around strep throat (what is it, why do we treat it, etc), and offering guidance on best practices in the classroom setting.
Example #4: “What should we know about RSV” given outbreaks nationally at that time.
Our response: We replied via e-mail with general information about what RSV is, what it can do, and how it is spread, and then offered additional resources.
Not sure if your question is something I can help with? Ask anyway! If I don’t have the answers or if it’s not something I can help with, I can point you in the right direction! I also have our director, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, as a resource I can turn to for more complicated or unusual questions. I’m excited to hear from you via email, text, or a phone call.