As the name implies, a sick visit is a trip to One Family Pediatrics to improve the symptoms of an illness or injury. Virtually every child will get sick at one point, and when symptoms can’t be easily managed at home, having a trusted pediatrician can make a world of difference.
While some medical needs are best seen in an urgent care or emergency room setting, most common pediatric illnesses and injuries can be effectively treated during a sick visit. Emergency rooms and urgent care clinics prioritize the most critical patients so that you could be sitting in the waiting room for hours.
More importantly, that waiting room will likely be filled with sick people with various viruses and other infections. This can place your child at risk of contracting a new illness while trying to get treated for an existing condition.
Numerous common childhood ailments can be treated during a sick visit. Some of the problems that bring children in for these acute care appointments include:
This is far from a comprehensive list. Many different things can prompt a visit to One Family Pediatrics for a sick visit.
A degree of preparation can make your visit go more smoothly. Begin by making every effort to keep your child comfortable during the trip to the office and while waiting. A favorite toy or book goes a long way, and kids who are feeling feverish or are having diarrhea should sip water to avoid dehydration.
It’s also helpful to assess your stress level. Some childhood acute care needs are more stressful to parents than others. If you are experiencing high anxiety, be sure to bring someone with you to the visit, or be prepared to take notes, so you remember the guidance given during the appointment.
Booking a sick visit is as simple as a phone call or reaching out online.