Sick Appointments

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.

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