Sick Child Visits in Marietta GA
Kids, illnesses, and accidents just go together. When they’re little, they have an underdeveloped immune system and they catch everything. As they get older, their immune system matures but then they start school. Injuries run the gamut from falls in busy toddlers to sports injuries in teens. As your child’s medical home, Cobb Pediatrics is here to help you decide when and where your child should be seen.
Please call 911/take your child to the nearest emergency room if your child is experiencing any of the following:
- Difficulty breathing (not just noisy or congested)
- Extreme lethargy or difficulty staying awake
- Extreme irritability
- Significant injury
- Severe pain that is not controlled by over-the-counter pain medication
- A temperature >100.4 rectally in an infant less than 3 months old
If your child does not require emergency care, we would be happy to see him in the office. If you are not sure if your child needs to be seen or if you can treat them at home, please ask to speak with our Advice Line medical assistant or refer to our online Is Your Child Sick? symptom checker. Generally, kids with the following symptoms should be seen in the office:
- Fever > 3 days (or any fever in an infant less than 6 months)
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Persistent pain such as stomach pain, headache, ear pain, or a sore throat
- Any unusual symptom that lasts more than 3 days
During the visit, your child’s provider will determine if any medication or laboratory testing is needed and discuss how to make your child comfortable while they recover.
How To Make a Sick Child Appointment
Contacting Cobb Pediatrics
Cobb Pediatrics sees patients by appointment only. We reserve multiple “Same Day” sick appointments on our daily schedules specifically to accommodate families that need these last-minute type visits. Calling ahead will ensure that one of these appointments are reserved for you and will avoid having your child sit in the waiting room for an extended period while potentially contagious.
To make an appointment for a sick child, please call 770-425-5331 (option 2) or use our Patient Portal to request online. The more information you can provide us up front, the better we can serve your child. This not only allows us to determine the severity of the illness but also helps prepare your medical provider with the appropriate background information.
Weekday Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Our phones close during lunch from 12pm to 1pm. If you follow the prompts to leave a message, your call will be returned immediately upon our return to the office.
Saturday: 8:15 – 12:00 pm (weekend hours are for established patients only)