Sick Child Visits in Vernon Hills, IL
Pediatric Offices in Lake Bluff, Vernon Hills, and Lindenhurst
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 and 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
- 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
- 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 pediatrician 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 in Lake Bluff, Lindenhurst, and Vernon Hills
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 after morning sick call, please call 847-295-1220. The more information you can provide us up front, 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 on the following office site links:
If you don’t believe the severity of the illness is enough to require a sick child visit, you can refer to our online sources.
Use our Symptom Checker.