Sick Child Care

We provide timely attention.

It is our office policy to see all sick children in a timely fashion. Due to the fact that the amount of illness in the community not only varies by seasons, but other factors as well, we alter our schedule on a monthly basis to accommodate this need. We encourage you to call the office as early as possible if you anticipate your child needs to be seen that day. We will provide care the same day.

Additionally, we are available Saturdays and Sundays for sick visits by appointment. It is important to educate yourself regarding the particular requirements of your child's health insurance plan. To help us expedite your child's care, you should know which of the following your insurance plan covers:

  • Office Visits

  • Hospitals

  • Pharmacies

  • Laboratory Facilities

My Child Is Sick: What Should I Do?

If your child is sick, the first thing you should do is assess the seriousness of the illness. If there is an emergency or your child’s condition appears to be life-threatening, call 911 immediately. Otherwise, if your child is sick but his/her condition is not life-threatening — and you are not sure what to do — please call us.

What Is My Child’s Dose Of Tylenol? Or Motrin?

If your child is 12 weeks or older and has a fever, it is appropriate to give your child a dose of anti-fever medicine. However, if your child is less than 12 weeks old and has a fever of 100.4 or higher (taken rectally), you must notify your pediatrician immediately.

Keep in mind that acetaminophen (Tylenol) is approved for all ages, but ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) is only approved for those 6 months and older. In addition, avoid giving ibuprofen/Motrin/Advil to a child preparing for or recovering from surgery because of the drug's tendency to thin blood. Please avoid giving ibuprofen/Motrin/Advil to children with asthma.

For mild pain relief (for such things as teething), it is appropriate to give your child a dose of either acetaminophen or ibuprofen. However, you should NEVER give aspirin to a child. Giving aspirin to a sick child may cause Reye’s Syndrome, a life-threatening condition that affects both the liver and brain.

What Is My Child’s Dose Of Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)?

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is useful in the treatment of mild to moderate allergic reactions, including those with hives and itching. In some cases, it may also be used for nasal allergies. Due to its sedative effect, it is not recommended for children less than two years old unless advised by a physician. Never use Benadryl with the intent to sedate a child. 

If you find diphenhydramine in multi-ingredient cold remedies for a child under 6 years of age, avoid use: these remedies aren't known to be effective. Please note that if your child is experiencing a severe allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, vomiting, or lip/tongue/airway swelling, the best course of action is to call 911 (and give epinephrine as advised by your physician).

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