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If you're an expecting or new mom worried during this strange time we are now living in, we have the latest information from the CDC to help ease your mind, plus what is new at area hospitals.

Pregnancy & Covid-19 Questions

When a woman’s expecting, she’s already on high alert and taking extra precautions to stay healthy. But there is also a lot of conflicting information out there amid all of the coronavirus information being shared.

Here is some key info for expectant moms from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

• WHAT ABOUT BREAST MILK? There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted to infants through breast milk.

• WHAT IF I GET SICK WITH COVID-19 WHILE PREGNANT? A study of pregnant women infected with the virus (from Wuhan University), published in The Lancet, showed that none of their babies were affected by the virus. The virus was not present in amniotic fluid, the babies’ throats or in breast milk.

• WILL MY DOCTOR BE THERE? If you are worried that your doctor won’t be available to care for you during your delivery, don’t worry. There is currently no plan for doctors to be pulled from regular duties to staff other parts of a hospital.

• SHOULD I RESCHEDULE MY BABY SHOWER? Yes, during this period of social distancing, the CDC recommends that groups not gather.

Kids Express Opens from Dayton Children’s

Dayton Children’s new retail-type care facility, Kids Express, aimed at treating ear aches, flu shots and more, recently opened in West Chester and Mason – the only one in Ohio with care that is perfect for kids and focused on their unique needs.

Kids Express is a convenient combination of a retail clinic and online scheduling with a pediatric expertise. This pediatric-focused health care option has specially trained, board certified pediatric nurse practitioners to care for your kids ages 6 weeks to 18 years old.

If you can’t get an appointment at your pediatrician’s office, take your kids to Kids Express,*and they can treat anything from colds and coughs, ear infections, pink eye, rashes, mild fever, flu, flu shot, sports physicals and more!

Learn more at childrensdayton.org/locations/kidsexpress-west-chester or call 513-644-8081. Walk-ins are welcome but you can also reserve your spot online. Dayton’s Children’s West Chester is located at 7787 Cox Lane, West Chester, Oh. The Mason location is at 8809 Wilkens Blvd., Mason, Oh.

*If you are sick, please call your doctor before visiting Kids Express. See the visitor restrictions at childrensdayton.org/patients-visitors.

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

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