Sick Visits

Sick Visits

Sick Visits services offered in Chelsea, AL

When it comes to your child, there’s never a wrong time to schedule a sick visit. To make life easier for you, Stephanie Varner, CPNP-PC, and the team at Pediatric Care of Chelsea in Chelsea, Alabama, have sick visits scheduled into their appointment calendar. This means your child can see one of the pediatric specialists the same day so there’s no delay in medical care. To learn more about sick visits, call the office or schedule your child’s appointment online today.

Sick Visits Q&A

What are sick visits?

Sick visits are medical appointments that diagnose and treat unexpected illnesses and injuries. They’re essential for managing your child’s health and well-being.


Illnesses and injuries occur without warning, making it impossible to plan ahead for appointments. Many pediatric practices may not have time in their schedule to see your child on the day they get sick.


Pediatric Care of Chelsea is a primary pediatric practice that makes time for sick visits, ensuring your child gets the necessary care.  

When should I bring my child in for sick visits?

You should bring your child in for a sick visit at Pediatric Care of Chelsea if they have an acute illness or injury that’s not improving with at-home care. Some of the medical conditions that benefit from a visit to the office include:


  • Fever
  • Earache
  • Flu
  • Strep throat
  • Cold symptoms that last more than 10 days
  • Nausea and vomiting that last longer than 24 hours
  • Allergies
  • Skin rash
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sprains and strains
  • Minor cuts and lacerations
  • Change in behavior


Pediatric Care of Chelsea provides sick visits for all ages, from one day old to 21 years of age. For newborn care, the team provides specific instructions for sick care because infants are more susceptible to serious illnesses because of their immature immune systems.

What happens during sick visits?

The details of your child’s sick visit at Pediatric Care of Chelsea depend on the illness or injury and your child’s age. Your provider asks about their symptoms and reviews their medical history.


Then, they complete a physical exam, paying close attention to the part of the body causing most of the symptoms. If needed, the team may recommend various tests to confirm or rule out a condition.


Testing might include a rapid test for strep throat or the flu, or a urinalysis for a UTI. If the team has concerns your child may have a broken bone, they may have you do X-rays. 


After your child’s exam, the team talks to you about their findings and provides treatment recommendations, which may include at-home care, prescriptions, or recommendations to specialists.The team also provides counseling and support for mental health needs and makes recommendations for children in need of psychiatric care. 


The team schedules a follow-up visit to monitor your child’s recovery and adjust treatment when necessary.


Call Pediatric Care of Chelsea or schedule your child’s sick visit online today.