Sick Visits

Annandale Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Annandale, VA

For parents trying to comfort an ill child, sick visits are an outstanding resource. At Annandale Pediatrics, serving the community of Annandale, Virginia, sick visits are an area of expertise. From the moment your child comes through the door, you’ll know your family is in the best of hands. When illness arises, call Annandale Pediatrics to schedule a sick visit, or try the easy online booking tool.

Sick Visits Q & A

What is a sick visit?

Most of your child’s visits to Annandale Pediatrics will be for routine annual physical exams, immunizations, or the occasional sports or camp physical. From time to time, however, you may find yourself searching for treatment for an illness or injury.

Those appointments are called sick visits, and they can be the first step in helping your child feel better. There are many issues that can prompt a sick visit appointment, and parents are urged to reach out to the office by phone if there is any uncertainty about whether to schedule an appointment.

When should my child come in for a sick visit?

Kids experience a range of illnesses and injuries as they move through childhood and adolescence. Many of these bouts of sickness can be successfully treated at home, with no need to see a pediatrician.

It can be challenging for parents to know when to book a sick visit for their little one. Some of the symptoms that should prompt a call to Annandale Pediatrics include:

  • Fever that is high or persistent
  • Ongoing stomach ache, headache, or ear pain
  • Thick, sticky eye discharge
  • Severe sore throat
  • Wheezing, fast, or labored breathing
  • Ongoing or severe diarrhea or vomiting
  • Lingering lethargy
  • Known exposure to a contagious disease
  • Blood in vomit or bowel movements

In short, parents should never hesitate to call Annandale Pediatrics if their child is in distress or if they are uncertain where to turn for relief.

How is a sick visit different from a routine physical?

The most noticeable difference between a sick visit and a routine physical is the manner in which you access the pediatrician and support staff. Annandale Pediatrics maintains a separate waiting area for sick visit patients.

This prevents a sick child from coming into contact with healthy children who are in the office for routine exams and other care. It also provides a quieter and more sedate environment, which can be comforting to a child who is not feeling well.

The pediatricians at Annandale Pediatrics understand that these visits are not always a fun experience for kids, or for stressed parents. Every effort is made to create a comfortable environment that helps your child know that relief is on the way.

If your child is experiencing symptoms and home care is not helping, call Annandale Pediatrics to schedule a sick visit. Online booking is also available.

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