March 19, 2020
OPS Member Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, shared advice for parents in a March 19 Oregonian article, “Babies and the pandemic: How can new parents cope during the coronavirus outbreak?” She suggested ways to keep babies connected to older, more vulnerable loved ones while physical distancing, as well as guidance on dealing with the unknowns of this virus.
“‘It’s better for parents to watch closely sites like CDC and healthychildren.org,’ Casares said, instead of scrolling through social media. For parents concerned with bringing babies into doctor’s offices, think about calling your doctor before going in. ‘We are never bothered as pediatricians by parents calling and asking are these symptoms safe are they okay?’ Casares said.”
Dr. Casares is a Portland pediatrician and the author of, “The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One.”