Albemarle Pediatrics goal is to keep our patients and staff healthy. With that in mind, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are working to keep well and sick visits separated. We have heightened our cleaning efforts and removed all unnecessary surfaces for hands to touch. Please bring your own toys and books to entertain your child if needed.

Also, it is very important to let us know if you have traveled to a high risk area or been exposed to anyone with a laboratory confirmed case of Coronavirus. If your child has cough and fever, please let our office know before coming into the office. You will be given specific instructions to follow. Please also limit the number of individuals present at each visit.

The following is what we have currently put in place for our patients:

  • We have temporarily suspended our early morning walk-in clinic
  • We are rescheduling all checkups to the morning hours and will see all sick patients in the afternoon hours. (If your child has a checkup in the afternoon we will contact you to reschedule. If it is the day before your checkup and you have not been contacted then please contact our office to reschedule)
  • If your child has a checkup and has a fever please call the office for instructions
  • Please limit the number of people that come in for your child’s appointment (i.e. siblings, grandparents).

El objetivo de Albemarle Pediatrics es mantener a nuestros pacientes y personal sanos. Con esto en mente, debido a la pandemia del Coronavirus (COVID-19), estamos trabajando para mantener bien y enfermos las visitas separadas. Hemos aumentado nuestros esfuerzos de limpieza y eliminado todas las superficies innecesarias para que las manos las toquen. Por favor, traiga sus propios juguetes y libros para entretener a su hijo si es necesario.

Además, es muy importante hacernos saber si ha viajado a una zona de alto riesgo o ha estado expuesto a cualquier persona con un caso confirmado de laboratorio del Coronavirus. Si su hijo tiene tos y fiebre, por favor informe a nuestra oficina antes de entrar en la oficina. Se le darán instrucciones específicas a seguir. Por favor, limite también el número de personas presentes en cada visita.

Lo siguiente es lo que hemos implementado actualmente para nuestros pacientes:

  • Hemos suspendido temporalmente nuestra clínica ambulante temprano en la mañana.
  • Estamos reprogramando todos los chequeos para las horas de la mañana y veremos a todos los pacientes enfermos en las horas de la tarde. (Si su hijo tiene un chequeo por la tarde, nos pondremos en contacto con usted para reprogramarlo. Si es el día anterior a su chequeo y no ha sido contactado, comuníquese con nuestra oficina para reprogramarlo).
  • Si su hijo tiene un chequeo y tiene fiebre, llame a la oficina para recibir instrucciones.
  • Limite la cantidad de personas que vienen a la cita de su hijo (es decir, hermanos, abuelos).

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The most common cause of illness in a child is infection. It can cause a number of symptoms including fever, earache, runny nose, sore throat, cough, vomiting and diarrhea. Antibiotics are a type of drug used to fight infections. In recent years, the medical community has begun to recognize the consequences of over prescribing these medications. Today, it is very important for everyone to understand the appropriate use of these valuable drugs.

What do antibiotics do?

There are two important types of infections: viral and bacterial. Both of these infections have similar symptoms, but their treatments are very different. Antibiotics are only used for bacterial infections, and it takes a thorough medical exam to determine the cause of the infection. Bacteria have a protective cover that makes it difficult for the body's immune system to kill them. Antibiotics prevent the bacteria from making this protective layer, so the immune system can destroy them. Viruses do not have this same cover, so antibiotics do not affect them. The body will fight off most viruses on its own in a few days.

Why not treat all infections with antibiotics…just in case?

Scientists have discovered that bacteria are very clever organisms. They have the ability to change themselves to avoid the effect of antibiotics. This is called "resistance." Every time someone uses antibiotics, it gives the bacteria a chance to figure out how to avoid it. The more we use antibiotics unnecessarily, the more resistant strains emerge. Today, there are numerous strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and can cause life threatening infections.

Unnecessary use of antibiotics also has side effects that should be avoided. Antibiotics can destroy "good bacteria" that lives in the body. When good bacteria are destroyed, your child could get diarrhea, yeast infections, or other unpleasant complications.

It is important to remember that bacterial and viral infections can look very similar. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics for head congestion one time, but not another time. A careful doctor will protect your child from taking antibiotics unnecessarily.

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