Sick Visits

Sick Visits services offered in Mcallen, TX

Fever, sore throat, and other sudden symptoms can be overwhelming for kids and they’re hard on parents, too. At Pediatric Associates at Ridge, skilled pediatrician Maria Hoffman-Guardia, MD, offer holistic pediatric care with a gentle and kid-friendly approach. Sick visits can quickly find the source of symptoms and provide fast recovery, so call the McAllen, Texas, office or use the online scheduling feature now.

What are sick visits?

A sick visit is medical care for a minor illness or injury. Pediatric Associates at Ridge offers sick visits for children who experience sudden symptoms in their McAllen office. 

Most sick visits evaluate and treat acute (short-term) issues, but in some cases, a sick visit might uncover a previously-unknown chronic medical condition.

When should I schedule a sick visit for my child?

Schedule a sick visit at Pediatric Associates at Ridge when you’re concerned about your child’s health or well-being. Some issues that commonly warrant sick visits are: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Rash
  • Pain during urination
  • Upset stomach
  • Abdominal pain
  • Minor injuries like sprains and strains
  • Asthma flare-ups
  • Allergy flare-ups

Sick visits are non-emergency medical care. If your child has life-threatening or particularly severe symptoms, take them to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

What happens during pediatric sick visits?

Sick visits include a medical history review, discussion of symptoms, and physical exam. Your child may need a test to pinpoint the cause of their illness. Pediatric Associates at Ridge has in-house lab testing and on-site imaging equipment, so you’ll usually get results right away. 

Following diagnosis, your child gets a treatment plan to guide a rapid recovery. Treatment varies widely with the root cause of your child’s illness but often includes rest at home and over-the-counter or prescription medicine. 

You’ll also get a recovery schedule to know when it’s safe for your child to go back to school and resume their regular activities. 

In some cases, Pediatric Associates at Ridge may schedule a follow-up appointment in the next week to assess your child’s recovery and make any necessary treatment changes. 

How can my child avoid sick visits?

The best way to avoid sick visits is preventive care, which is the main focus of well-child exams. During your child’s well-child exams, they’ll have screening tests and other evaluations that can find the signs of health problems early, before they can cause issues. 

Preventive care also allows your child to avoid illnesses like the flu, as they’ll get immunizations during well-child visits. 

Well-child visits also provide important health education, for example, learning about the importance of good hygiene to decrease the risk of spreading illnesses.

Call the Pediatric Associates at Ridge office or click the online scheduler for a sick visit now.