Ideas for Keeping Busy During Social Distancing

Go for walks and bike rides as a family. Trips outside are safe as long as you maintain social distance from neighbors. It is best at this time to avoid playdates and neighborhood parks. Teenagers are especially having a difficult time with social distancing from friends. This is a great opportunity to go for a walk with them and check in.

Cook a new recipe together as a family.

Have a picnic outside for a meal.

Write letters and draw pictures to mail to family members.

Schedule a virtual family reunion on platforms like Zoom or Google Hangout. 

Check artist websites for fun ideas – many are offering coloring pages and even art classes. South Carolinian Dorothy Shain is hosting weekly art classes for kids with a different featured artist each week.

Take virtual tours or lessons of museums or zoos. Our own South Carolina Aquarium has regular updates on their Facebook page. Many Zoos and Aquariums are offering virtual tours and live streams.

Check out the many educational Podcasts for kids.

For preschoolers, check out PBS Kids (, which is sending out a daily newsletter with show and activity ideas.    

Overall, maintaining some routine and structure will be helpful for children, but allow for some flexibility and grace. Create a schedule together distinguishing work hours and play hours. Kids might need more breaks than normal from their school work as well. Allow for frequent 5-10 minute breaks during their school time as able. For school time, try to have a quiet work area with minimal distractions.    
More Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

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There are several reasons parents choose Coastal Pediatric Associates. The team has been caring for Charleston children for more than 20 years, and provides the most current, compassionate, and comprehensive care in the Charleston area. Coastal Pediatric Associates' team of skilled physicians, nurse practitioners, and staff are committed to delivering clinical excellence in an environment that is fun, kid-friendly, and sensitive to the unique needs of each child.

Our #CPAkid families benefit from:

Coastal Pediatric Associates is a designated Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home with five convenient locations across the area. In addition, they provide research opportunities through Coastal Pediatric Research and newborn and breastfeeding care through the Breastfeeding Center of Charleston. To learn more about our team,


Colds and Cold Weather

It is a common myth that cold weather causes colds, but it does not.  Colds are caused mainly by viruses that we are exposed to more often in the winter months.  These viruses are spread even more easily when children are in school and in close contact with each other, usually through respiratory droplets in the air and on hands.  Coach your kiddos to cover their mouths and noses when they cough and sneeze, and to also wash their hands often with soap and water.  These are the best ways to help reduce spread of infection. 

If you have a cold here are a few tips:

  • Fever – Fever is a common feature of colds.  A fever is any temperature greater than 100.4 F, and will usually be present along with other viral symptoms.  If a child has only fever, and no other symptoms for more than 3 days, the child should be evaluated by a healthcare provider. Likewise, fever longer than 5 days is a concern that warrants further evaluation.
  • Medication - Make sure that any medication you give your child is just for children.  Cold remedies are not a cure, and only sometimes help with symptom control.  Generally, suppressing a cough can do more harm than good, so most cold remedies are not recommended in young children.  Be sure to check with your doctor for dosage information for your child's age and weight. 
  • Staying Home - You should always keep your child home from activities (school, camp, daycare, etc.) when they are running a fever. That is when they are most contagious and likely to spread the illness to other children.
  • Keep Hydrated - Make sure your child has plenty of fluids to drink, but not soda or too much juice.
  • Rest – Perhaps the most important thing you can do, make sure your child gets plenty of rest.
  • Call the doctor when necessary – You can always call with concerns or questions, but here are a few red flags:  Your child likely needs to be seen by a healthcare provider if he/ she has fever more than 5 days, fewer than 3 wet diapers/ urination in 24 hours, cough more than 2 weeks, vomiting more than 2 days, diarrhea more than 2 weeks or bloody stools.

As for outdoor time, children should dress in layers for the school day.  We have wide variations in daily temperatures in this area, so having the ability to put on, or take off, extra layers can help.  Dress babies and young children in one more layer of clothing than an adult would be wearing in the same conditions.  If your child suffers from minor winter nosebleeds, use a cold-air humidifier in their room. Saline nose drops can help keep their nose moist.  Don’t forget to use sunscreen. Children and adults can still get sunburned, even in the winter.


October 2019

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.  It can cause mild to severe illness, and in some serious cases, can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. A recent study by the CDC found that children 0-18 years old are the most likely target to get sick from flu.

Flu can be very dangerous for children. CDC estimates that between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 years of age have been hospitalized each year in the United States because of influenza. The flu vaccine is safe and helps protect children from the flu.

Coastal Pediatric Associates’ (CPA) recently announced that they will host flu clinics at all five locations starting in September, and it could not come at a better time! School is back in session, and the germs are spreading. A flu vaccine can help to keep your child healthy and flu free this school year.

Coastal Pediatric Associates' team of skilled physicians, nurse practitioners, and staff are committed to delivering clinical excellence in an environment that is fun, kid-friendly, and sensitive to the unique needs of each child. Dr. Steven Stripling highlights some important flu tips for parents.

CPA’s Top 10 Flu Tips:
1. Schedule your child’s vaccine! Flu shot clinics will be held at all CPA locations.
2. Look for symptoms: High fever, sore throat, headache and body aches. Dr. Stripling says, “The younger child should be seen quickly with a high fever.”
3. Avoid touching the face as hands often hold the germs!
4. There are several flu strains. It’s possible to get more than one strain in a season. Dr. Stripling explains, “Over the years there are several strains each season. It is possible to get two different strains. Vaccinate even if the child has had the active flu at the beginning of the season.”
5. See a physician when flu symptoms begin so that they can establish a treatment protocol for the patient.
6. Rest and fluids if diagnosed.
7. Ibuprofen helps with body aches.
8. Take care of the cough. Older children can take cough syrup as prescribed by physician.
9. Keep an eye out for complications: Fever after day six warrants another trip to the doctor. “If you have been in and diagnosed, doing supportive care, and still do not feel better after a week, we need to look out for secondary bacterial diseases,” Dr. Stripling explains.
10. Remember CPA is here to help! We offer 5 convenient locations as well as extended hours and availability seven days week.

CPA provides the most current, compassionate, and comprehensive medical care. CPA is a designated Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home, recognized for providing the highest level of care in the three-tiered quality grading system. To schedule a flu vaccine appointment, please call the location closest to you. For more information:

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