Sick Visit

Pediatric Associates, Inc. -  - A Private Pediatric Practice

Pediatric Associates, Inc.

A Private Pediatric Practice Offering Preventive and Acute Care for Children located in Fort Wayne, IN

Children and teenagers often become ill when least expected and at inconvenient times. Our providers at Pediatric Associates, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offer convenient sick call appointments throughout the week and on weekends. Same-day appointments are available for acute illnesses.

Sick Visit Q & A

What is a sick visit?

A sick visit is an in-office appointment used to diagnose and treat acute or chronic illness. Even the healthiest children experience fevers, coughs, and stomach aches from time-to-time. A sick visit can pinpoint the underlying problem and develop a care plan that eases uncomfortable symptoms. 

Because illness can occur at any time, Pediatric Associates, Inc. offers 24/7 access via an on-call service, weekend availability, and walk-in visits. This ensures your child can receive prompt medical attention when needed.

When should I schedule a sick visit for my child?

Children and teenagers are incredibly resilient. Usually, conservative at-home treatments like rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking over-the-counter medications are enough to provide relief. However, certain symptoms require the expertise of a qualified pediatrician.

You should schedule a sick visit if your child:

  • Has trouble breathing or experiences chest pain
  • Has a fever that doesn’t go away
  • Can’t keep any food down
  • Experiences pain or discomfort when swallowing
  • Has a cough that won’t go away

You should also schedule a sick visit for your child if they have congestion or a headache that lasts for more than two to three days.

What are some conditions that can benefit from a sick visit?

Pediatric Associates, Inc. uses sick visits to diagnose and treat a variety of common health problems, including:

  • Colds and the flu
  • Pink eye
  • Ear infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sinus infections
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Strep throat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • High fevers

Your child might also benefit from a sick visit if they’re suffering from a chronic condition like asthma, allergies, epilepsy, headaches, or developmental concerns.

What can I expect from my child’s sick visit?

A sick visit at Pediatric Associates, Inc. begins with a comprehensive physical and neurological exam, a review of your child’s medical history, and a discussion of their symptoms. 

After gathering some initial information, your child’s provider may order additional tests. Depending on their unique symptoms and needs, this may include a strep culture, a complete blood count (CBC), urinalysis, or diagnostic imaging like an X-ray.

Your child’s provider uses the information provided by these tests to diagnose the underlying illness and to create a custom treatment plan. This may include prescription medication, getting plenty of rest, and, if necessary, lifestyle adjustments such as dietary changes. 

To schedule a sick visit at Pediatric Associates, Inc., call the office or use the online booking tool today.