Sick Visit Specialist

Smyrna Pediatrics

Pediatricians & Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner located in SMYRNA, TN

If your child wakes up with a sore throat or severe congestion, you may need to schedule a sick visit. We regularly provide same- and next-day sick visit appointments for children of all ages, from infants to adolescents. If your son or daughter is feeling under the weather, call the office during normal business hours.

Sick Visit

What is a sick visit?

A sick visit is a doctor’s appointment designed to pinpoint and treat an underlying condition that’s making your child ill. 

Sick visits are different than well-child visits. Instead of administering vaccinations and checking on your child’s health and development, we work to diagnose and treat an acute problem, such as a sore throat, runny nose, or earache. 

When should I schedule a sick visit?

If your child is experiencing acute symptoms that aren’t life-threatening, it’s important to schedule a visit with the team at Smyrna Pediatrics. 

In many cases, rest and drinking fluids are enough to help your child feel better. However, you should schedule a sick visit if your child experiences:

  • High fever
  • Widespread rash
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach ache
  • Earache

You should also schedule a sick visit if your son or daughter experiences unusual symptoms that do not improve. For example, if your child complains of a headache and it doesn’t subside with over-the-counter painkillers or rest, you should schedule a sick visit. 

What if my child needs to see the doctor right away?

If your child experiences a medical emergency, such as trouble breathing or severe chest pain, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room right away. 

For minor symptoms, such as a raspy cough, sore throat, or red and watery eyes, simply schedule a sick visit with us at Smyrna Pediatrics. 

What happens during a sick visit?

A sick visit usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes. During a sick visit, our providers complete a physical exam, asks questions about your child’s symptoms, and review their medical history. 

After pinpointing the source of your child’s problem, a prescription may be provided for medication (if needed), we provide instructions on how to take the medication, and inform you of potential side effects and associated risks. 

Depending on the source of your child’s discomfort, we might also recommend further testing. For example, if your son or daughter has a sore throat, we might recommend swabbing their throat and testing for strep. 

If your son or daughter isn’t feeling well, don’t hesitate to contact Smyrna Pediatrics to schedule a sick visit. Call the office, click the online booking tool, or walk in during normal business hours today.