Diseases can progress very fast in children and make them seriously ill in a matter of just a few hours. Your contact with us will help keep that from happening.

Even if the child was seen in our office and the treatment is begun, sometimes the disease may take a turn for the worse, so any worsening of symptoms or new symptoms should be brought to the attention of your pediatrician. A simple viral infection can deadly without any warning and to get good recovery, we must be informed of any changing or persisting symptoms of your child’s disease.

Contact our office or after-hours line immediately if you see signs of the following: In Newborns up to three months of age, signs and symptoms of infection may include: Poor feeding, irritability, lethargy, vomiting, breathing difficulty, rectal temperature of 100 degrees or greater, dusky color, rapid breathing.

In Children over three months of age, signs and symptoms of infection may include: vomiting, diarrhea, rash, lethargy, irritability, breathing problems, pale skin color, or high fever especially if it is not responding to fever reducing medicine.

Always call us regarding any illness that concerns you about your child. During office hours, call our office and talk to your doctor. After hours, simply call the office telephone number and the answering service will have the on-call doctor return your call.

**IF IT IS AN ACUTE EMERGENCY, DO NOT WAIT FOR THE ON-CALL DOCTOR TO RETURN YOUR CALL. CALL 911 AND GO STRAIGHT TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.**