Pediatricians Find Children Need More Than Vaccines
Hours later, 10-year-old Brandon watched closely his older brother, Jonathan, being vaccinated several times, including that of Covid-19. He also decided to get shot, to the applause.
But nearby, the mother of Eliuth, 10, and Karen, 13, refused the vaccine for them, saying family members had died after being vaccinated. Bria Clyburn, a medical assistant, was careful not to appear dismissive, gently telling them they had a long life ahead of them and needed protection for the holidays. Their mother has promised to consider allowing them to be vaccinated at their next appointment, in months.
Promotion of the vaccine was often stuck in nerve-racking discussions about how a child’s social life had been turned upside down by the virus. Outside of school, her patients who were in dire need of intellectual and social stimulation had developmental issues, Dr Steptoe said. If she detects mental health issues on a date, she summons Behavioral Health Consultant Rachael Pennell.
Emiliano, the 9-year-old patient who recently broke out against students and teachers at school, was sentenced to jail after disrupting the class. Ms Pennell told his parents to let him continue to train in football.
The pandemic robbed the children of “two years of key relationships,” she said.
Dr Steptoe said the father of a young child she saw recently feared letting his son even go out during the pandemic for fear he would bring the virus home to vulnerable members of his family. The child gained 40 pounds in one year.
Dylan, an 8-year-old patient, had gained weight during the pandemic but was starting to exercise more. Dr. Steptoe has suggested strategies for keeping junk food out of the house. But when the discussion turned to the Covid vaccine, Dylan’s mother said she should see her husband.
Late that day, Dr Steptoe welcomed 16-year-old Tiffany, who, after moving to Charlotte during the pandemic, had gone months without the medication she needed to treat several mental health conditions. She was having trouble sleeping. School officials appeared at her home a day after she missed a significant number of classes. She was afraid that if she returned to school she would face her problems there and be judged by her peers.