Appointment Changes at Cincinnati Children’s

We have resumed regular scheduling of all appointments including new second opinion visits for IBD and routine follow-up visits either in person or as virtual Telehealth appointments.

We have also resumed scheduling of elective outpatient procedures.

If you have questions for your clinical team, contact them via MyChart or call the GI office for more urgent concerns at 513-636-4415.

Info on Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and COVID-19

  • It is important to emphasize that we do not have substantial data to demonstrate that patients with IBD are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19.
  • You should continue to take all your IBD medications as prescribed.
  • We recommend following standard practices to avoid any viral illness:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • For the most up-to-date information specific for IBD patients, visit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation website: What IBD patients should know about novel 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Vaccination information:

  • We recommend the COVID19 vaccination for all patients 5 years and older.
  • Anyone 12 years old and older can receive a total of four doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to stay up to date. The fourth dose (first booster) is recommended at least three months after the third dose. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is available for teens 12 years and older while the Moderna COVID-19 is only available for patients >18 years old.
  • Immunocompromised children ages 5-11 should receive a primary series of three doses. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for this age and a booster (fourth dose) is not recommended.
  • If your child was positive for COVID-19, we recommend waiting at least four weeks after infection to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It is okay to get the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.

COVID-19 Treatments to Take at Home

  • Antiviral (oral) medications are available for children 12 years old and older who are immunocompromised and test positive for COVID-19.
    • These medications can reduce your chances of being hospitalized or critically ill from COVID-19.
    • Call your treatment team right away after a positive test as these oral medications must be started within five days after you first develop symptoms.