The main purpose of a sick child visit is to address new or worsening symptoms or health complications. Typically, you schedule a sick visit to address an acute condition or injury.
Common Reason for Sick Visits
It can be hard to determine if your child’s condition warrants a visit to the doctor, so we encourage you to trust your gut and when it doubt, call us.
Sick visits can be used to treat and evaluate a variety of symptoms, such as rashes, sore throats, ear infections, and more.
Some symptoms warrant immediate action, so please call our office if your child meets any of the conditions below:
Some fever symptoms:
- Fevers in infants of 38°C or higher
- A fever in a child of any age that ranges between 39°-40°C
- Your child is lethargic and still has a fever even after taking fever-reducing medication
- Your child has a fever and compromised immunity
- A fever with severe pain
- A fever that lasts longer than 3 consecutive days with or without an obvious source of infection (such as a cold)
- Your child has a febrile seizure
- A fever following a trip overseas
- A fever accompanied by pain when urinating
- A fever with a headache, stiff neck, or red spots or purple-colored patches on the skin
- A fever and sore throat that lasts more than 24 to 48 hours
- Your child has a rash or some allergic reactions
- Acute injuries (e.g., cuts, scrapes, etc)
- Ear pain or infections
- Urinary tract problems (fewer wet diapers or urination frequency)
- Your child is lethargic, refuses to eat
- Your child having trouble breathing or asthma attack
What to Expect at Your Sick Visit
To prepare for your child’s sick visit, write down any questions you may have as well as any important details about your child’s symptoms that could be helpful to your doctor.
During your visit, you may need to be seen by a physician other than your usual doctor, though we try to schedule you with a provider you are familiar with.
At your child’s sick visit, your provider will ask about your child’s symptoms, your family’s medical history, and any other questions that may help diagnosing your child’s illness. You can expect your child to have a physical examination, including taking the child’s temperature, checking their breathing and heartbeat, and checking for signs of infection. If your doctor needs additional information, a lab test may be ordered.
Schedule a Sick Visit & Same Day Visit
When your child is sick, call our office to schedule a sick visit ahead of time so we can see you as quickly as possible and minimize the time that you spend waiting.
We make every effort to schedule appointments for ill children on the day that you call us.
If you would like us to see more than one child, please schedule both of them when you make your appointment. Without an appointment, we may not be able to see a sick sibling right away, and you may be asked to wait while the provider sees a scheduled patient who may be waiting.
To schedule an appointment, please call either our Children’s Center Clinic 7151702 or City Center Clinic 7151701
Patients who walk in with a non-emergency condition will be fit into the existing schedule as best as possible, or they will be asked to return later in the day when the schedule allows.
Duration: 30 minutes