Appointments in the BPD Clinic
Our multidisciplinary bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) follow-up clinics are still operating as they had prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Due to the complex nature of BPD, we have preserved in-person visits and have taken the necessary precautions to do so safely.
The standard visitor guidelines are in place for appointments which means siblings are not allowed to attend and only 2 care providers may come to the clinic appointments.
In case you or your child develops signs or symptoms of COVID-19 infection and you have an upcoming BPD clinic appointment, call our office (513-636-3882) ahead of time to discuss options for rescheduling and ensuring your child gets the appropriate follow-up. Please do not attend your visit if you or your child has active symptoms. For urgent pulmonary concerns, please call 513-636-6771 during normal business hours and have the nurse paged. For nights and weekends, please call 513-636-4200 and ask for the pulmonary fellow on call.
For the safety of our patients, families and employees, all patients seen in our clinics are screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the registration desk.
Specific Information for Patients with BPD
In general, children appear less likely to contract COVID-19, especially severe infections, than adults. However, we do not fully understand the risks associated with COVID-19 in children with BPD. There have been cases reported where children with BPD infected with COVID-19 have developed serious illness requiring hospitalization and additional breathing support. Careful discussion with your physicians about each individual case is the best advice that we can give. Contact your primary care provider if you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19 infection (difficulty breathing, runny nose, cough, fever, irritability, poor feeding) or has been exposed to someone known to have it. They can help you decide if your child needs testing. Be sure to call ahead before going to any doctor’s offices. In general, children with BPD that contract COVID-19 will need closer monitoring for breathing problems.
As always, if your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, dial 911. Difficulty breathing is an emergency situation. Let the responder know that you are concerned about COVID-19 so appropriate precautions can be taken when the EMS comes to help.
You should continue to take your medicines as prescribed and continue with all routine clinic visits. If you need refills and cannot be seen due to pandemic restrictions or other policies or preferences, contact the office.
Although COVID vaccines are available for adults, they have not been approved in children. Palivizumab (Synagis) is a vaccine that your child may be receiving to reduce the effects of the RSV infection. However, it is not effective in preventing COVID-19 infection.
We recommend you use your judgement when taking your child outside the home. Try to minimize activities in the community and limit visitors to those following CDC guidelines in order to minimize virus exposure for you and your child. Maintain all the recommended practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health department. During this time of utmost caution, we recommend mask wearing at all times if you or your child leaves your home. Mask do not worsen your child’s breathing. For the latest information regarding protecting your child from COVID-19, please visit the Cincinnati Children’s COVID-19 Information website.