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What to Expect From Your Child’s Sick Visit

Dec 12, 2023
What to Expect From Your Child’s Sick Visit
Having a sick child is an unfortunate reality for many parents during the winter months, even if the illness is brief. Here’s what you should expect, and what to bring, to your child’s next sick visit. 

Flu shot or none, kids tend to get sick during the wintertime. If your child isn’t feeling well, they shouldn’t go to school. Instead, book an appointment for a virtual sick visit with Virtually Urgent Healthcare in Dacula, Georgia. Rolandine Vaughan, PA-C, MPAS, gives your child a detailed evaluation while you stay in the comfort of your home. 

If you’re not familiar with virtual sick visits, knowing what to expect ahead of time can give you confidence you’re taking the right steps with your sick child. Whether your little one has a cough, earache, or stomach ache, Rolandine can give you answers and advice to help them feel better. 

What happens during a sick visit

Telehealth sick visits are unique because you don’t need to travel to the doctor’s office in person. Instead, simply log on from your home computer or tablet and complete a high-definition video call with Rolandine. Using technology, she can see your child and interact with them while also asking you questions about your child’s symptoms.

Following a review of your child’s symptoms and medical history, Rolandine can make care recommendations to alleviate your child’s illness. She can also advise you on when it’s safe for your child to return to school. She might ask for your assistance during the evaluation, like telling you to take your child’s temperature with a home thermometer. 

Telehealth offers you and your child substantial benefits compared to in-person care, like avoiding spreading your child’s illness if it’s contagious and saving you the extra time it takes to travel to the clinic and sit in the waiting room. 

When to book a sick visit

If your child brings up any new symptoms, it may be time to consider a sick visit. This is especially true if symptoms last longer than a day, get worse, or don’t improve at all with home care. 

Rolandine frequently provides pediatric sick visits to evaluate common mild symptoms such as:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Earache
  • Stomach ache
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash

By evaluating your child’s symptoms and asking important questions about their details, Rolandine can provide answers about the illness likely affecting your child as well as detailed instructions for care. If necessary, she can also prescribe medications. 

Have the necessary information available

Rolandine will ask you and your child various questions about the illness and may request information you don’t know off the top of your head. 

To prepare for your child’s virtual sick visit, have a list of any medications your child takes and their dosages, your child’s vaccination records, and any paperwork you have about recent medical treatments your child has had. You should also have your medical insurance information on hand. 

For your own benefit, you might prepare a list of relevant questions for Rolandine regarding your child’s symptoms, prognosis, and recommended treatments. 

Ready to book?

Acute illness can take a toll on your child’s energy and cause them to miss school, but you can rest assured knowing you’ll get an accurate assessment and effective care with a pediatric sick visit with Virtually Urgent Healthcare. Request an appointment online or over the phone for your child today.