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After Hours Specialist

Fairmont Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in La Porte, TX & Pasadena, TX

When your child is sick or in pain, it’s important that you have access to quality pediatric health care, even after regular business hours. Jilly Vidyasagaran, MD, of Fairmont Pediatrics offers after-hours care at two locations, La Porte and Pasadena, Texas. If your child is suffering from symptoms that can’t wait until the next day, you can call, walk in, or schedule an appointment online.

After Hours Q & A

What is after-hours care?

Fairmont Pediatrics provides after-hours care, also called urgent care, for conditions that may come up suddenly with your infant or child. After-hours care is not for life-threatening emergencies, but for childhood problems that need same-day treatment.

Dr. Vidyasagaran and her team understand that when your child is feeling sick or having pain, you need to see a qualified provider as soon as possible, whether it’s during the day, night, or on the weekend. 


When should I use after-hours care? 

Fairmont Pediatrics offers after-hours care for minor conditions, such as:

  • Asthma flare-up or attack
  • Allergic reaction
  • Insect bite
  • Minor burns or cuts
  • Broken bones or strained muscles
  • Fever, unless in a child less than two months old
  • Cough and cold symptoms
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat
  • Sports injuries
  • Flu symptoms
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Pink eye
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Ear pain
  • Foreign bodies or splinters

If your child needs a sports physical or annual check, it is best to make an appointment with Fairmont Pediatrics during regular business hours. 

 

What happens during an after-hours care visit? 

During your child’s after-hours visit your pediatrician provides diagnosis, care, and treatment by:

  • Assessing the problem or concern
  • Running diagnostic tests, including rapid strep or flu test
  • Giving appropriate treatment, including breathing treatments or stitches
  • Prescribing medications or at-home treatments
  • Scheduling a follow-up visit 
  • Writing your child a school or work excuse, if applicable 

If your child needs more specialized attention or an emergency room visit, the after-hours team coordinates their pathway so that they get the best care possible. 


When should I take my child to the emergency room?

Outside of regular business hours, most parents seek pediatric medical care for minor injuries or non-emergency health concerns. After-hours care provides a place where you can relieve your mind and get quick treatment for these types of concerns. 

However, an emergency room is best for children who have:

  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe, uncontrolled bleeding
  • Major trauma or injuries
  • Concussion or head injury
  • High fever with headache and stiff neck
  • Change in mental status, including being difficult to arouse 
  • Sudden loss of sight, speech, or movement

If your newborn is younger than two months old and has a rectal temperature of 100.4℉ or more, it is essential that you seek emergent evaluation.

For quality after-hours care, call, walk in, or schedule an appointment online with Fairmont Pediatrics.