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Sick Visit Q&A

Pediatric Associates of Plano

Pediatricians located on campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Plano Hospital, Plano, TX

When your child is slowed down by fever, illness or injury, our board-certified pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Plano offer same-day sick appointments to get them feeling better as quickly as possible. Our office in Plano, Texas, on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, is equipped with on-sight diagnostic testing and treatment services for a variety of illnesses. Our friendly staff focuses on identifying the cause of your child’s symptoms and recommends appropriate treatments. Call to schedule a same-day sick appointment today.

Sick Visit

When should I schedule a sick visit?

As a parent, it can be difficult to see your child in pain or feeling unwell. If rest and home care do not relieve your child’s symptoms within a few days, or if the symptoms are worsening, you should contact Pediatric Associates of Plano.

Common reasons for a pediatric sick visit include:

  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Ear pain
  • Sore throat
  • Colds and flu
  • Unexplained pain
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Urinary pain or frequency
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Injury

If your infant or child has one of the above symptoms or you have any urgent concern, you should call our office for an appointment. Our pediatric team offers on-call nursing consultation 24 hours a day to help you determine appropriate actions and care.

What can I expect during a sick visit for my child?

During your child’s sick visit, our skilled pediatric team reviews your child’s recent personal and family medical history and assesses their symptoms. Your pediatrician performs a physical exam.

For some conditions, such as flu and strep throat, your child may need diagnostic testing. The in-office lab provides fast, accurate test results, so your child can begin treatment quickly. If bloodwork is required as part of the evaluation, it is most often obtained in our office by our skilled pediatric team and then sent to an outside lab.

In situations where your child needs additional medical attention, our provider will refer you to a specialist or hospital as indicated.

What treatments are available for acute illnesses?

You can expect your provider to create a treatment plan specific to your child’s needs. For example, bacterial illnesses, like strep throat or urinary tract infections, the pediatrician will prescribe a course of antibiotics to clear the infection.

If your child has a viral condition, your pediatrician may recommend home care remedies and over-the-counter medicines to increase your child’s comfort.

For wounds, your provider focuses on preventing infections or a worsening of the condition, cleansing the wound to remove debris and applying protective bandages or closure of the wound as appropriate.

For respiratory illness with wheezing or (mild) respiratory distress, our pediatric team may administer breathing treatments and monitor oxygen levels.

If your child experiences an acute injury as a result of a fall or sports contact, your provider will do a thorough history and exam to determine appropriate care.  For sprains or bruising, home comfort measures may be advised.  If a fracture/break is suspected, an appropriate referral will be made to a radiology facility or to an orthopedic specialist.

If you need a same-day sick visit for your child, contact Pediatric Associates of Plano today by calling the office.