What do I do if My Child is Sick?
As a parent, keeping your child healthy is your top priority. When your child falls ill, we want you to know that we’re here for you as it is our concern as well. If your child is showing signs of a non-life-threatening illness, please call our office right away and we will do our best to get your child in as soon as possible. Of course, if your child is suffering from a more serious medical emergency (such as seizures, shock, respiratory distress) or a traumatic injury (such as a motor vehicle or bicycle crash, poisoning, drowning), please call 911 immediately.
If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call Delaware Pediatrics to schedule your sick child visit
- High and/or persistent fever
- Widespread rash
- Any unusual symptom that lasts for more than three days in a row
- Persistent pain, such as stomachache, sore throat, headache, or an earache
At the end of the sick child visit, your child’s pediatrician will have identified the illness. Depending on the diagnosis, you will leave with either a prescription, dosage instructions, and/or instructions on how to relieve your child’s symptoms.
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 Child Appointments
To make an appointment for a sick child, please call (716) 884-0230. 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.
Normal Office Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
After Hours Service
Care can be provided after hours and on weekends. Please use our after-hours number: (716) 827-1621.
Monday – Thursday: 6:00 pm – 8:00 am
Friday: 5:00 pm to 8:00 am Saturday
Saturday: 12:00 pm to 8:00 am Monday
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.
Is Your Child Sick?
Use our Symptom Checker.