Sick Visits & Urgent Appointments
As a parent, when your child is sick, you want one thing: to get him or her better as soon as possible.
At Northeast Cincinnati Pediatric Associates, we are committed to getting your child into our offices as quickly as possible. Because we are a larger practice with extended hours, we have the ability to accommodate same-day appointment requests in all but the rarest occasions.
When you decide you need to bring your child in for a sick visit, simply call the office of your choice and our staff will do their best to schedule you for the next available appointment. Occasionally, you may be asked to speak to a nurse about your child’s illness and then the nurse will schedule your child based on their symptoms (some illnesses require a more extended visit, and therefore the nurses must gather some preliminary information to ensure that your provider has adequate time allotted in their schedule for your child’s visit). Schedule an appointment here.
When to Call the Physician on Call
We have a physician on call any time our offices are closed. Often when our physicians are on-call for medical emergencies they hear from parents who say they are not sure whether they should have called or waited until the office opens. We want to take excellent care of your kids. So when a true emergency does arise, we want to be available to you. You can help us do that by knowing when to call the doctor for an after-hours emergency and when to seek treatment during normal office hours.
If you think your child is experiencing an emergency or you are uncertain, please call. If it is not an emergency, we kindly ask that you allow the physician to remain available for children who need the doctor's immediate attention. The following list will help you make that decision.
- Serious injury from a fall or other type of accident
- Acting strangely or becoming more withdrawn and less alert
- Trouble with breathing
- Bleeding that does not stop
- Skin or lips that look blue or purple (or gray for darker-skinned children)
- Rhythmical jerking and loss of consciousness (a seizure)
- Very loose or knocked-out teeth, or other major mouth or facial injuries
- Increasing or severe persistent pain
- Persistent pain in the right lower section of the abdomen
- A cut or burn that is large or deep
- A head injury involving loss of consciousness, confusion, a bad headache, or vomiting several times
- Decreasing responsiveness when you talk to your child
- Fever greater than 100.4 degrees rectally in a child less than 2 months of age