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My kids have a scary hidden talent….they have the ability to get really sick at the absolute worst times ever. Think middle of the night. Or middle of our well planned family vacation to Disney. Yup, those are just two of the recently times that my little guy has spiked a fever, gotten totally lethargic and scared me to death. Any of you who are parents know that when that happens your heart just skips a beat. You know they are sick but determining how sick is the true questions. Because the only thing on your mind is making them feel better fast!
I’m gong to say I’m totally one of those panicky moms who needs to spring into action the moment her kids get sick. But over the years, I’ve learned a trick or two that helps me provide the support my kids need while at the same time determining what the best course of action to help them feel better is. And of course I wanted to share these tips with you since I know many of you have dealt with a kiddo’s late night sickness that leaves you feeling scared and shaky too!
Step one for me is always calming myself down. When your child has a high fever, can’t keep anything down and becomes lethargic, it’s pretty scary. And let’s be honest, it’s not something to be ignored at all! But instead of freaking out (which totally doesn’t help your child), take a deep breath and get ready to handle the situation in as calm of a fashion as possible. After all, your calm, cool and collected demeanor will help keep them from having a total meltdown.
Document the Symptoms
Make sure you write down any symptoms your child may be having. This will make it easy to ensure you don’t miss any of them when talking to a doctor. While you think you’ll remember what’s going on, chances are you’ll be clutching your child and trying to form a coherent sentence. It’s a good idea to write down their fever pattern, what they have been able to eat or drink (if anything), any rashes they may have and when they started getting sick. That way you can give all the information necessary for the correct diagnosis.
Make a Virtual Doctor’s Appointment
Once you’ve got the symptoms in front of you, it’s time to call America Well (Amwell). As I shared earlier, my kids have a crazy ability to get sick at the worst time…the times when we can’t get to a doctor and don’t want to make a hospital visit unless absolutely necessary. And I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the right person to determine if a hospital visit it necessary. Thankfully the doctors at Amwell are! As part of the nation’s largest telehealth company, they are board certified, licensed doctors that I can contact immediately! Whether from my desktop or mobile device, it’s 24 hour care that gives me peace of mind when my kids are sick.
These caring doctors that are immediately available 24 hours a day from the convenience of my own home can handle issues like bronchitis, cough, sinus infection, sore throat, vomitting, flu, fever and more! It’s the perfect way to address those late night sicknesses that scare me without having to dress my sick kiddo and drag them out in the middle of the night. And I can rest easy knowing that I have a professional doctor on my side that can give me the information I need to determine the right next step in caring for my sick child!
All I have to do is select the type of visit I need and choose a provider. Depending on what’s wrong, my doctor can then diagnose, suggest follow up and even prescribe medicine when appropriate! So in those sick moments when I don’t know if a hospital visit is necessary, I have access to someone who does! Plus as an added bonus, all of my Amwell visits are secure and HIPAA compliant! And the best part is Amwell is accepted by many major insurers, meaning that I can get a low cost doctor’s visit any time of the day!
This amazing service, which is the first telehealthy service awarded accreditation by The American Telemedicine Association, is the perfect place to me to start when illnesses strike at unexpected times. With a cost of only $49 per physician visit, it gives me peace of mind that is completely affordable when my kiddos give me a scare. And with it’s accessibility and convenience, it means that no matter when sicknesses strike, I’m prepared with a way to see a doctor in only minutes. This helps me stay calm, not panic and know that in those moments when my children’s sickness are really scary and I have help I can trust available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And all I have to do to receive it is use my trusted and helpful Amwell app!
So stop letting sickness throw you into a tailspin. Instead, make sure that when unexpected illnesses strike, you’re ready to put up the best defense with the help of Amwell! Since I know that seeing is believing (as it was in the middle of a very long night for me), I’m excited to share that YOU can try your first Amwell visit for free! Simple use the code HASHTAGFREE to receive your complimentary Amwell visit!
Use it today to meet with a doctor, dietician or therapist. And discover what I did – that this great service is this busy mom’s perfect way to save the day (or night) any time sickness strikes!