Why It's Important To See Your Pediatrician During a Pandemic and What To Expect During Your Visit
Things have changed at my office. Apparently, there’s some virus going around?
As I say in this video – and I truly mean it – coming to see your Cook Children’s Pediatrician is safer, I believe, than going to the grocery store these days.
What can you expect when you come to see us?
- We ask that you call from your car before you come in. That way, there will be a room fresh, clean and ready for you
- You can complete your check-in paperwork on the MyChart app
- We ask that one guardian accompany one child for the visit
- Parent and child (if age 2 or older) should wear a mask
- You will be greeted and screened by a member of our staff when you arrive. We’ll take your temps and ask a few quick questions.
- Most days, the waiting room will be empty and you will not stop there.
- No more toys or books in the exam rooms
- All staff and providers will be wearing masks
- Super duper hospital-grade clean-down process in each room after each patient.
You know what’s a bummer? I can’t get or give my patented Dr. Diane hugs for awhile. Seriously – it’s so sad. But I await the day those hugs can come back.
Til then, we elbow-bump, my friends.
Get to know Diane Arnaout, M.D., a Cook Children's pediatrician at Forest Park
"I didn’t realize how important the job of the pediatrician was until I had kids of my own. My education, experience in medicine, and cocky attitude made me feel like I knew it all before my first one came around. He proceeded to make me very aware of how little I actually knew.
Thankfully he survived, as did the next one, and they’ve helped me to grow and to help YOU, the parent, in so many ways. Sure I’m here to make sure your kids are healthy and happy at all ages. But I’m also here to make sure you’re educated, to make sure your family is thriving, and to make you feel confident in caring for your kids. From diaper rashes to sleep problems to school difficulties - I’m here to help.
I write a lot about common problems and ailments online – you can find me busy on Facebook and Instagram, and I write articles for the Cook Children’s Checkup Newsroom blog. A lot of stuff you’ll hear me say in the office will be typed out on there, too. And we’re in a day and age where the internet helps make connections – you can connect with me on there, or e-mail me anytime.
It takes a village to raise a child – and I’m so grateful to be a part of yours. And as Master Yoda teaches us – “Always pass on what you have learned.” I fully plan to!"