Sick Child Visits in Lindenhurst IL

Kids, illnesses, and accidents just go together. When they’re little, they have an underdeveloped immune system and they catch everything. As they get older, their immune system matures but then they start school. Injuries run the gamut from falls in busy toddlers to sports injuries in teens. As your child’s medical home, Lake Forest Pediatric Associates, serving Lake Bluff, Lindenhurst, and Vernon Hills, IL is here to help you decide when and where your child should be seen.

Please call 911/take your child to the nearest emergency room if your child is experiencing any of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing (not just noisy or congested)
  • Extreme lethargy or difficulty staying awake
  • Extreme irritability
  • Dehydration
  • Significant injury
  • Severe pain that is not controlled by over-the-counter pain medication
  • A temperature >100.4 rectally in an infant less than 3 months old

If your child does not require emergency care, we would be happy to see him in the office. If you are not sure if your child needs to be seen or if you can treat them at home, please ask to speak with our Advice Line medical assistant or refer to our online Is Your Child Sick? symptom checker. Generally, kids with the following symptoms should be seen in the office:

  • Fever > 3 days (or any fever in an infant less than 6 months)
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Rashes
  • Persistent pain such as stomach pain, headache, ear pain, or a sore throat
  • Any unusual symptom that lasts more than 3 days

During the visit, your child’s provider will determine if any medication or laboratory testing is needed and discuss how to make your child comfortable while they recover.

How To Make a Sick Child Appointment

Making a Sick Child Appointment

If at all possible, we would prefer that you call ahead of time to make the sick child appointment to avoid having your child sit in the waiting room while potentially contagious.

Sick appointments during the week

To make an appointment for a sick child, please call 847-295-1220, or use our Patient Portal to schedule online. The more information you can provide us upfront, the better we can serve your child. This not only allows us to determine the severity of it, but also helps prepare the pediatrician with the appropriate background information.

Our office hours on weekdays are as follows:

Lake Bluff:

Monday-Thursday: 8am - 7pm
Sick Call: 8am - 9am

Friday: 8am - 12pm 
Sick Call: 8am - 9am

 Lindenhurst: 

Monday-Friday: 8am - 5pm
Sick Call: 8am - 9am

 Vernon Hills:

Monday-Friday: 8am - 5pm
Sick Call: 8am - 9am

Sick appointments on weekends

Our office hours on weekends are as follows:

Lake Bluff:

Saturday: 8am - 12pm
Sick Call: 8am - 9am

Sunday: 8am - 12pm 

 Lindenhurst: 

Saturday: 8am - 12pm
Sick Call: 8am - 9am

 Vernon Hills: Closed on Weekends 

If you don’t believe the severity of the illness is enough to require an sick child visit, you can refer to our online sources. 

Is Your Child Sick?
Use our Symptom Checker.