Sick Visits Specialist

Cardinal Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Lowell, MA & Chelmsford, MA

When your child is sick or sustains an injury, nothing is more important than getting prompt medical attention to ease their pain and put them on the road to recovery. The highly trained team at Cardinal Pediatrics offers same-day sick visits so they can quickly provide the level of care your child needs to feel better. Call the office in Lowell or Chelmsford, Massachusetts, or connect with the team online right away to schedule a sick visit.

Sick Visits Q & A

When should I schedule a same-day sick visit?

In many cases, parents don't doubt whether their child needs a same-day sick visit. But there are varying stages of illness, and it's not always easy to determine if your child needs prompt medical attention or can rest at home.

If you're ever in doubt, call the nearest Cardinal Pediatrics office. Their team asks a few questions to quickly evaluate your child's symptoms. Then they can guide your decision and let you know if you should schedule a same-day sick visit or wait to see if your child improves.

What happens during a sick visit?

Cardinal Pediatrics has two goals when your child is sick. They want to accurately diagnose the problem, and then recommend or prescribe treatment that helps them feel better as quickly as possible.

During a sick visit, they take vital signs like your child's temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Then they review your child's medical history and symptoms before completing a physical exam. Based on their exam results, they may run lab tests to narrow down the problem.

What conditions are treated during a sick visit?

Cardinal Pediatrics treats many types of illnesses and minor injuries during sick visits. A few of the most common conditions include:

  • Flu
  • Colds
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Strep throat
  • Concussions
  • Congestion
  • Coughs
  • Abdominal pain
  • Asthma
  • Minor cuts and injuries
  • Rashes or hives
  • Eye discharge or infection
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

 

The providers at Cardinal Pediatrics have been trained to assess, diagnose, and treat concussions. 

What signs indicate that my child needs immediate care?

If your child has any of the following, they need immediate medical attention:

 

  • Fever of 100.4ºF or higher in children younger than 1 year old
  • Fever of 102ºF or higher in children over 1 year
  • Fever that lasts longer than three days
  • Fever with a rash, stiff neck, headache, or vomiting
  • Wound that doesn't stop bleeding with pressure
  • Loss of consciousness or confusion
  • Swelling of the face, eyes, lips, or tongue
  • Deep cut with ragged edges
  • Puncture wound
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizures

The Cardinal Pediatrics team is available 24/7 every day of the year via video chat or phone. However, if they're not in the office and your child has any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to go to the nearest emergency room.