Even with the right preventive care, illnesses are common in young children. The average child suffers from approximately 5 to 8 acute pediatric illnesses each year, but fortunately most of these illnesses are mild, generally harmless and can be easily remedied with the right care and medication. Examples of such illnesses include fevers, sore throats, vomiting, diarrhea, earaches and common colds.
There are a few signs that you should watch out for that may indicate that your child may need medical attention for a an acute illness. They include:
- Inability to stay alert or aware of surroundings
- Poor fluid intake or retention
- Difficulty breathing
- Fever that does not respond to medication
- Symptoms do not improve after 6-7 days
A large portion of our office visits are left available for same day scheduling of acute illnesses and injuries. Our trained staff is available during regular business hours to assist families with such needs, whether it be providing advice and reassurance for continued home treatment or for scheduling an appointment. We always do our best to honor families’ requests for specific providers and times, but we are not always able to guarantee accommodations for urgent appointments due to fluctuations in day to day schedules.