What are sick visits?
Sick visits are visits to the doctor for diagnosing and treating illnesses. During your child’s sick visit at Kid Care Pediatrics, you should report all of your child’s symptoms and their duration to Dr. Goldstein. He might ask additional questions about your family’s medical history, your child’s medical history, and other relevant questions that might help him form a diagnosis.
Next, Dr. Goldstein conducts a physical examination of your child. Depending on the symptoms, he might take their temperature, listen to their lungs, and look inside their ears, nose, and throat.
If a physical examination and information about the symptoms aren’t enough for a diagnosis, he might order lab testing for your child. A blood test, urine test, or stool test can help him come to a conclusion about what’s affecting your child’s health.
Finally, Dr. Goldstein forms an effective treatment plan for your child. He can give you recommendations for home care and might ask that your child stays out of school until the symptoms are gone if their illness is contagious.
When should I bring my child in for a sick visit?
You should bring your child in for a sick visit at Kid Care Pediatrics if they have new, short-term symptoms. A few symptoms that Dr. Goldstein can review during a sick visit are:
- Sneezing and sniffling
- Stomach ache
- Sore throat
In some cases, symptoms like these are treatable at home. If your child’s symptoms seem mild, rest and plenty of fluids may be enough to nurse them back to health. However, if symptoms persist for three days in a row, you should book an appointment to see Dr. Goldstein for a sick visit.
If your child has urgent symptoms like trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or seizures, you should visit the emergency room right away instead of making an appointment for a sick visit.
Which treatments does my child need after a sick visit?
Dr. Goldstein prescribes treatments based on your child’s diagnosis and individual needs. After he discovers the root of the problem, he might prescribe your child medications to help alleviate symptoms or to treat the underlying illness. He tells you the dosage your child needs and gives you specific instructions on how to administer the medication.
To help ease symptoms and make your child more comfortable, Dr. Goldstein might also give you recommendations for home care. He might tell your child to rest more, eat more, drink more water, or use heat or ice to ease their pain.
To schedule a sick visit for your child, call Kid Care Pediatrics, or book an appointment online today.