Sick Visits differ from Well Child Visits, which are routine appointments to review the growth and development of the patient as well as detect early signs and symptoms of illness or disease. Sick Visits are intended to focus on new concerns or a flare up of a chronic condition.
Common reasons to bring your child in for a sick visit are as follows;
Decreased Appetite or Fluid Intake
Joint or Muscle Pain
Depending on your child's diagnosis, the provider may write a prescription or suggest over the counter treatment options. All sick patients will receive a summary at the end of their visit to include: dosage instructions, ways to relieve discomfort for your child as well as a review of signs and symptoms to look for that may indicate your child's condition is worsening and ways to address them. In some cases your doctor may order labs or x-rays for your child. In some cases your provider may order a follow up appointment to ensure that your child's condition has been resolved.
SICK VISITS ARE NOT CONSIDERED URGENT CARE. IF YOUR CHILD IS HAVING DIFFICULTY BREATHING, SEIZURES, OR UNCONTROLLED BLEEDING THEY SHOULD BE TAKEN TO AN ER.