After Hours Care Q & A
For after-hours care, please call: 1-765-420-2883
What is after-hours care?
When your child experiences an unexpected medical concern during odd hours, waiting for the next available appointment isn't always an option. To accommodate your child's needs, Pediatric Associates, Inc. offers convenient after-hours appointments.
Now more than ever, emergency rooms are overwhelmed with patients. After-hours care allows you to address your child's acute medical concern without spending all night in an emergency room.
What issues can be addressed during an after-hours visit?
Pediatric Associates, Inc. offers after-hours care for a wide range of acute conditions, including:
- Strep throat
- Ear infections
- Urinary tract infections
- The cold or flu
If your child has symptoms like fever, nausea, or cough that won't go away, an after-hours visit can help you get to the bottom of their issues. Pediatric Associates, Inc. has been in practice for over 50 years, and the team has extensive experience identifying many acute conditions.
What can I expect during my child's appointment?
Your child's after-hours visit begins with a thorough physical examination and discussion of their symptoms. Depending on your child's condition, your pediatrician may conduct additional tests like a rapid strep test, blood test, or urinalysis. Pediatric Associates, Inc. is conveniently located near a diagnostic lab, ensuring timely access to your child's results.
Once your child receives their diagnosis, your pediatrician determines the most effective way to restore their health. In many cases, you can treat acute conditions like a cold or sore throat at home with rest and over-the-counter medications. If your child's problem is more advanced, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or antiviral medicines.
When should I seek emergency care?
Although you can address most of your child's unexpected medical needs during an after-hours visit, it's essential to know when to seek emergency care. You should only visit the emergency room if your child's situation requires immediate attention.
A cough or sore throat typically doesn't warrant an emergency room visit. If your child has experienced a severe injury, has difficulty breathing, or is losing consciousness, you should seek immediate emergency care.
The goal of after-hours care is to relieve your child's symptoms and provide them with the treatment they need to recover as soon as possible. To schedule your child's after-hours visit with Pediatric Associates, Inc., call the office or use the online booking tool at your convenience.