About Acute Illness
When your child is suddenly sick, our practice can offer you same-day appointments to see your child immediately. Whether it is the flu or mononucleosis, our board-certified pediatricians, Dr. Hebbur and Dr. Okammor, will do everything possible to provide your child care. We are proud to announce our affiliation with Triage4pediatrics, a well-respected nursing service in our community. Triage4pediatrics shares our commitment for compassionate, quality care. If your child has an urgent need after our regular business hours that cannot wait until the next business day, your call will be answered by a registered pediatric nurse via our triage service. As always, a Village Pediatrics physician will be available for consultations. Please be aware that you may be assessed a small fee for after-hours service. If you have additional questions, please feel free to call our office.
Conditions and Symptoms
We can all get the flu at some point during the year, and despite prevention and flu shots, our children are no different. The flu can exhibit the following symptoms:
- Lethargy or extreme tiredness
- Loss of appetite
- Cough or dry cough
- Runny nose
- Aches and pains
You may not even suspect your child has mono, or the Epstein-Bar virus or the "kissing disease," but it is really common in teenagers (and can be easily passed on to younger siblings). Mono can mimic the flu. It is passed on through saliva, and siblings who share drinks, bites of food, or accidently cough or sneeze can spread the virus.
Trust your instincts when it comes to your child needing to see the doctor. Generally, the flu has to work its way out of your child’s system in a matter of days, and requires a lot of fluids, fever reducers, plenty of rest, and lots of TLC (tender loving care). If your child appears to be dehydrated or has a fever for more than a few days, please call for an appointment. Pediatricians can prescribe antiviral medications like Tamiflu. While rest is the best treatment for mono, if symptoms linger or if you have questions, please call as soon as possible.
Plan your Visit
Urgent and Convenient care
When your child or teenager seems to be more tired than normal, complains of aches and pains, runs a fever, and generally doesn't feel well, you could be facing some time with the flu or mono virus. At our practice, we offer sick child appointments for your convenience, and for your child's well-being. Please call our office today to get on our schedule. Sick children should be seen that day and our schedule is structured to accommodate same-day appointments.