When Should I Bring My Child in for a Sick Visit?
By Southwest Children's Clinic
November 09, 2022
Tags: Sick Visit  

Although it's inevitable, it's always difficult for any parent when their child becomes ill, and it can be just as difficult to know what to do in these situations. Below are covered some of the most common reasons why you would bring your child in to see their West Jordan, UT, pediatrician for a sick visit, but you can learn more by reaching out to your local professionals at Southwest Children's Clinic.

Getting Help

It's as the name suggests, a sick visit is when you schedule an appointment with your child's pediatrician when they require medical help. These are typically not urgent or emergency visits but are those that still benefit greatly from a prompt visit to make sure the symptoms are not related to something serious.

Sick visits are also different from so-called well-child visits, which are the necessary appointments for checkups and immunizations.

When to Visit

If your child is having a medical emergency or has suffered a traumatic accident then the first place to call is your emergency services, or you can take your child to an emergency room for treatment.

It's important to trust your judgment, but you can have a preventive discussion with your child's doctor at a regular appointment about this. You may want to bring your child in for a sick visit for situations such as trouble swallowing, vomiting, diarrhea, a rash that is painful or widespread, and localized abdominal pain, among other issues.

Sick Child Visit in West Jordan, UT

During the visit, your doctor will ask you and your child questions about symptoms and when these began as well as anything you may already have tried, including over-the-counter medication. Their doctor will perform a physical examination and order lab tests if these are required. In many cases, your doctor will be able to diagnose the problem and issue medication or guidance on treating the symptoms going forward.

You can dial (801) 563-1975 to schedule a sick visit for your child as soon as the West Jordan, UT, office is open, and even if their primary doctor isn't available you can typically be served by one of the other professionals from Southwest Children's Clinic.