Sick Visits Specialist

AAA Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Woodbridge, VA

When your child is sick, you want them to feel better as quickly as possible. To get the medical care your child needs, visit Oscar Sugastti, MD, FAA, and Jacqueline Adames, FNP-BC, at AAA Pediatrics in Woodbridge, Virginia. With same-day appointments, your child can be seen quickly and get the treatment they need. Set up an appointment today using the online scheduling tool or by calling the office.

Sick Visits Q & A

What is a sick visit?

A sick visit is a 15- to 30-minute visit with the team when your child is sick and needs medical care. Same-day visits are available, and the team keeps openings in the schedule to allow for appointments for unexpected illnesses. During a sick visit, the team asks about your child’s symptoms, how long they’ve had the symptoms, and any possible causes. Sick visits are for minor injuries and illnesses that don’t require emergency care.

What are reasons to see a pediatrician for a sick visit?

Common reasons to visit AAA Pediatrics for a sick visit include:

  • Coughs and colds
  • Fevers
  • Flu
  • Ear infections
  • Pink eye
  • Minor cuts, scrapes, and burns
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

If your child requires advanced medical testing or imaging, the team refers you to a local hospital or imaging center. For emergency situations, the team works with you to ensure your child gets the medical care they need in a timely manner. The team can also recommend urgent care options in the area if your child needs medical care after the office is closed.

Does my sick child need medication?

In some cases, your child needs medication for an illness. Based on your child’s diagnosis, the team provides at-home recommendations to help your child feel more comfortable, like:

  • Cool mist humidifier
  • Sitting in your bathroom with the shower running to create steam
  • Cool baths
  • Hydrating with water, diluted juice, or an electrolyte solution
  • Ice packs or warm compresses

When medications are needed, the team provides over-the-counter recommendations and prescriptions. For viral infections, rest and supportive care are best while bacterial infections may require antibiotics. The team determines which course of treatment is best based on your child’s symptoms.

How can I help my child avoid illness?

The team can advise you on specific steps to take to keep your child healthy. Getting your child vaccinated, providing good nutrition, hydration, and supporting healthy sleep habits are the best ways to prevent illness in children.

Depending on your child’s age, they may not be able to take certain medications or over-the-counter remedies. If this is the case, the team can help you identify other at-home options to help your child feel comfortable when they’re sick.

To schedule a sick visit, call AAA Pediatrics, or book online now.