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About National Infant Formula Shortages

Dear Stamford Pediatrics Families,

Regarding the shortage of infant formula, we completely understand your frustration, and we feel just as frustrated and helpless as you do.

Formula samples of all types are nearly depleted in both of our offices with no sign of replenishment in the near future despite our continuing best efforts.

Please read the attached helpful articles from the AAP regarding frequently asked questions about formula alternatives, alternative supply options, imported formulas, etc. Making infant formula from homemade recipes can be extremely dangerous for babies, please see the article referenced below.

Thankfully, the Federal Government is working with manufacturers to alleviate this crisis. The FDA may permit the importation of international formula products. Please follow their guidelines when choosing an imported option. The agency will be curating options and vetting the products for nutritional value and safety records.

Hang in there with us, we hope this will improve significantly in the next few weeks.

The Doctors and Staff of Stamford Pediatric Associates

General Advice About the Formula Shortages and Alternative Supply Options

Note: The FDA is investigating importing carefully vetted products which have a proven safety history and meet nutritional standards.

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Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine for a Child

We have all the information you need to schedule your COVID vaccine for your child.

Infant Formula Recall (Feb 18, 2022)

Important COVID-19 Updates and FAQ’s

Below you'll find answers to your most commonly asked questions. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, please contact us at Stamford Office, 203-324-4109 or Darien Office, 203-655-3307.

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If your team/school requires a clearance form we are happy to help. We have received a large volume of requests and are trying to accommodate everyone as quickly as possible. To expedite this process, we are offering clearance via a phone visit. You can conference your athlete into the call if they will not be with you during the appointment. We will provide a sports clearance note at the end of the visit. Your insurance will be billed for a phone visit.

During the screening if we determine the severity of disease or symptoms warrant further investigation we will advise you at that time i.e. EKG, office visit, cardiology referral

Antigen testing is the home version, PCR testing is what is done in hospitals and labs

There is NO need to get confirmation PCR if your child was exposed, has symptoms and tested positive on a rapid home test.

Rapid test kits are very helpful if positive.  There are some false negatives.  If you suspect COVID and test negative, it may be necessary to do a second test.  If the second test is negative, you can confirm with PCR testing.

NO FOLLOW UP TESTING IS REQUIRED for COVID infections, except under very specific circumstances.

COVID tests are only as good as the sample, get those swabs way up there!!!

PCR tests can detect viral particles for up to 90 days post infection, this does not mean the individual is contagious, it means they had the disease

Infants and children who cannot wear a mask need to isolate for 10 days if they are sick, the 5 day rule does NOT APPLY

Children with COVID who can mask, are fever free for>24 hours, five days post symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic) and improving symptoms may return to school/activities but must be vigilant with mask wearing for 10 days. They may still be mildly contagious.

Here are the CDCs most up to date recommendations.

Unfortunately, there are no uniform standards, please see your school system web site for guidance.

Here is a link to the Darien Public Schools chart which seem to be the most common recommendations.

See our COVID Vaccine Information page for extensive information about vaccines

All children > 5 yo are eligible for COVID vaccine.

Boosters are recommended for all children>12 yo.

Boosters are recommended 5 months after completion of the first two doses.

Immunocompromised children 5-11yo should receive a booster 28 days after completion of the first two doses.

If your child has/had COVID they can get the primary series or booster any time after they have recovered but should do so before 90 days post infection. There is no definitive rule about the timing.

Per Yale Pediatric Infectious Diseases Department, there has been no increased rate of post vaccine myocarditis since vaccines were started for 5-12 yo.

For Adults, J&J Booster is 2 months after the first dose.

Myocarditis, Fertility Issues, and Long Term Vaccine Effects.

The vaccine experts at CHOP address your concerns

It’s understandable that some parents want more information before getting their young children vaccinated against COVID-19, so this month’s feature article aims to address three factors to assist parents’ decision-making.

COVID Vaccine Booster Update For Patients 12 To 17 Years Old

Stamford Pediatric Associates endorses and encourages the FDA authorized Pfizer booster for 16 and 17 year olds six months after completion of their two dose primary series. For more information about COVID 19 vaccinations click the link below.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously on November 2nd 2021 to recommend Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 5. The AAP is also recommending COVID-19 vaccination for all children and adolescents 5 years and older.

Stamford Pediatric Associates fully endorses and encourages COVID vaccination for all children 5 years old or older.

COVID vaccine side effects are similar in all age groups.

Pfizer is the only approved vaccine for 5-12 year olds.

Children will receive 1/3 of the adult dose with a booster 3 weeks later

CDC guidelines now allow for concurrent administration of any and all vaccines.

It is not necessary to adjust your Stamford Pediatrics appointment based on your COVID vaccine date.

Your physician will address vaccine concerns and scheduling while you are in the office.

After you have completed your COVID vaccines, please upload here or mail, drop off or fax a copy of your vaccine card to 203-969-1271.

For More Information:

We have compiled a collection of helpful COVID information for you and your family to stay informed, including helpful articles to help manage COVID-related school related topics and current medical updates.

Walk-in visits are still prohibited at all times

  • To protect the health and safety of our patients and staff we cannot accommodate walk-ins at any time.
  • This allows us to safely control the flow of patients in the office and avoid the use of waiting areas.
  • This allows us adequate time to clean rooms and equipment between patient visits.

24-Hour COVID-19 Pediatric Hotline

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center offers a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline for parents and families:

  • 1-833-226-2362
  • Operated by healthcare professionals
  • Will provide answers to your questions about the pandemic and your children

ANNOUNCEMENT

FollowMyHealth™ Patient Portal

Stamford Pediatrics is excited to offer the FollowMyHealth™ patient portal.

The patient portal will allow you to:

  • Send and receive non-urgent messages from your doctor
  • View Quest lab results
  • Request prescription refills
  • Request appointments
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Please choose the age group(s) that applies to your family. After signing up, Stamford Pediatrics will send you an invitation to register your children. The invitation will tell you how to register and gain access to your children’s records. The email comes from NoReply@FollowMyHealth.com in about 2 business days.

Mental Health and Parenting Resources

We have compiled a collection of helpful mental health and school related resources for your child or teen.

This new page includes helpful articles to help manage COVID-related stress and anxiety, school related topics, a variety of fun ideas for at-home activities and virtual learning resources.

Office Restrictions

  • If your child is ill, please call us for guidance.
  • All caregivers and children above 3 years old must wear a mask or face covering when in the office.
  • For the safety of our doctors, staff and patients, if you do not have a mask you will be asked to reschedule your appointment.

Mental Health Concerns for You or Your Children?

Many children, parents and families are under stress as a result of COVID-19. The state of CT has set up a website and 24-hour hotline to help you with problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, family conflicts, etc.

Office Protocol to Keep You and Your Children Safe

  • Exam rooms and all equipment are cleaned and sanitized between each visit.
  • Patients go directly into rooms as much as possible. We are minimizing the use of waiting rooms in both locations.
  • If any parent or child does not feel well on the day of their check-up appointment, please call the office for guidance.
  • All staff are wearing masks and following health guidelines.

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Located in Stamford, CT and Darien, CT, Stamford Pediatrics has been helping patients since
1971.

We are very proud to be known for providing high quality care to our patients.

Stamford Pediatric Associates takes pride in keeping up with the latest medical information. All of our physicians attend a minimum of twenty-five hours of Continuing Medical Education yearly.

Whether you are new to the practice or we have been caring for your children for years, it is our pleasure and honor to care for your family.

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Immunization Update

Good News – CDC Updated Gardasil 9 Schedule to require only 2 doses for children under 15 years old.

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Request a Checkup Appointment

You can request a checkup appointment online!  We will contact you to confirm the time and date.

Appointments Confirmed by Text and Email

Our system at Stamford Pediatrics will send you text and/or email messages to remind you of your upcoming appointments so you don't miss one!

Why keep your child in a rear facing car seat until 2 years old?

Watch this video and you will be convinced!

Our Baby Book

ABCs of newborn care, Office hours and policies, Important information you need to keep your new baby healthy!

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Safe Sleeping Tips from the AAP

We all want our babies to sleep safely and soundly.  We have some great tips for new moms and dads here!

Symptom Checker

Doing a little research before you call our office?  Our symptom checker is a great way to get answers to many common questions.  

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Patient Centered Medical Home Recognized Practice

A Patient Centered Medical Home is a way for us to strengthen the physician-patient relationship by implementing an ongoing relationship for continuous, comprehensive care rather than episodic care.

Each patient establishes a relationship with their physician who acts as team leader. As your primary care provider we are most familiar with your child’s health. As the team leader, your child’s physician will be responsible for all health care needs and arranging for appropriate care with other qualified clinicians. Our intention is to provide more individualized, effective and efficient care