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Sick Child Visit Specialist

NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine

Pediatricians located in Springfield, VA & Woodbridge, VA

Sickness or illness affects all children at some point. And when they fall ill, a medical provider can determine what's wrong and how to treat it at a sick child visit. NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine's team of experienced providers offers convenient sick visit appointment times and uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatments to get your child back to health quickly. Call the Springfield or Woodbridge, Virginia, offices today to schedule an appointment or book online.

Sick Child Visit Q & A

What is a sick visit?

A sick visit is an appointment you make because your child has shown symptoms of being ill.  During a sick visit, your pediatrician focuses only on diagnosing and treating your child's current ailment. It's not the time to discuss any other general health concerns or questions you may have.

The providers at NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatments to help your child get well again quickly.

When should I schedule a sick child visit?

Children get sick frequently, often passing illness between each other when playing. Other times, their illness may stem from an allergy or non-contagious health condition. Some of the most common reasons for sick child visits include:

Bacterial infection 

Eye, ear, and strep throat infections often afflict children. They're usually contagious and make your child feel extremely uncomfortable.


Viruses are typical among children because they often cause symptoms that allow the virus to transmit from one child to another. Colds and stomach viruses are the two most typical viruses among children.


Asthma is a chronic condition that causes the airways to narrow, making it difficult to breathe and often causing a persistent cough. You can't catch asthma, and many children grow out of it. Asthma symptoms vary in severity, from mild to potentially life-threatening.


Your provider can provide a range of allergy services, from allergy testing to allergy treatments to help keep your child's allergies under control.

You should also schedule a sick child visit if your child has any unusual rashes or skin markings or a fever over 104° that doesn't break. Taking your child to see their medical provider at the first sign of illness helps prevent it from getting worse and reduces the risk of other children getting sick, too.

What happens during a sick visit?

Child sick visits usually last around 30 minutes. Your provider asks about your child's symptoms, whether they've been in contact with other ill people, and other questions related to their illness to help them reach a diagnosis. It helps if you can keep track of when the illness started and how it has progressed

If your child is sick, call NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine today to book a sick child visit or book an appointment online.