Telehealth

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Telehealth, or a “virtual visit”, is a consultation with one of our physicians via video/Audio conferencing.  This option is convenient, allows your child to be seen without coming into our office, and provides care by your regular pediatrician (who knows your child’s full history, and has access to their medical chart.)

​Virtual visits are not for all conditions.  We can provide care for well child checks over 2 years that don’t need vaccines  and most of the following acute care concerns:

  • Rash
  • Pinkeye without fever in children over 2
  • Colds
  • Some fevers
  • Allergies
  • Asthma follow up care
  • Obesity
  • Constipation, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Minor traumas (lacerations, abrasions, bites)

As we cannot listen to your child’s lungs or see their ears, we cannot evaluate ear pain, significant coughs, or assess concerns that require laboratory evaluation such as urinary tract infections and strep or flu testing.

 It is also possible that after televisit, we may ask you to bring your child in for an in-person sick visit if we need to perform a physical exam that reaches beyond the abilities of video conferencing. 

Appointments for telehealth visits can be made through our front desk. Complete the TELEHEALTH WAIVER before you schedule an appointment. Please take a weight and temperature prior to the visit.

For instructions on how to take a temperature, measure a respiratory rate, measure a heart rate, check an oxygen saturation and accurately weight and measure your child please see below:

How do I take a Temperature?

When Does Your Child Have a Fever?

Rectal, Forehead or Ear temperature: 100.4° F (38.0° C) or higher

Oral (mouth) temperature: 100° F (37.8° C) or higher

Under the arm (armpit) temperature: 99° F (37.2° C) or higher

Caution: Ear temperatures are not accurate before 6 months of age

Where to Take the Temperature

Rectal temps are the most accurate. Forehead temps are the next most accurate. Oral and ear temps are also accurate if done properly. Temps done in the armpit are the least accurate. Armpit temps are useful for screening at any age.

Age under 3 months old (90 days old). An armpit temp is the safest and is good for screening. If the armpit temp is above 99° F (37.2° C), re-check it. Use a rectal reading. Reason: If young babies have a fever, they need to see a doctor now. New research shows that forehead temps may also be accurate under 3 months of age.

Age 3 months to 4 years old. Rectal or forehead temps are accurate. An ear thermometer can be used after 6 months old. An armpit temp is good for screening if it is taken right.

Age 4 years and older.

Safe to take the temp orally (by mouth). Ear and forehead thermometers are also good.

Digital (electronic) thermometers are easily found in stores. They do not cost very much. They can be used for rectal, armpit and oral temps. Most of them give an accurate temp in 10 seconds or less. The AAP suggests you replace any glass thermometer in the house with one of these products.

Rectal Temperature: How to Take

Age: Birth to 4 years old

Have your child lie stomach down on your lap. Another way is on the back with the legs pulled up to the chest.

Put some petroleum jelly on the end of the thermometer and the anus.

Slide the thermometer gently into the anus no more than 1 inch. If your child is less than 6 months old, put it in no more than ½ inch. That means until you can no longer see the silver tip.

Be gentle. There should not be any resistance. If there is, stop.

Hold your child still. Leave a digital thermometer in until it beeps (about 10 seconds).

Your child has a fever if the rectal temp is above 100.4° F (38° C).

Armpit Temperature: How to Take

Age: Any age for screening

Put the tip of the thermometer in an armpit. Make sure the armpit is dry.

Close the armpit by holding the elbow against the chest. Do this until it beeps (about 10 seconds). The tip of the thermometer must stay covered by skin.

Your child has a fever if the armpit temp is above 99.0° F (37.2° C). If you have any doubt, take your child's temp by rectum or forehead.

Oral Temperature: How to Take

Age: 4 years and older

If your child had a cold or hot drink, wait 30 minutes.

Put the thermometer under one side of the tongue towards the back. It's important to put the tip in the right place.

Have your child hold the thermometer with his lips and fingers. Don't use the teeth to keep in place. Keep the lips sealed until it beeps (about 10 seconds).

Your child has a fever if the temp is above 100° F (37.8° C).

Age: Birth to 1 year. Only good for screening. Requires the baby to suck on it, which is not always possible.

Have your child suck on the pacifier until it beeps (about 10 seconds).

Your child has a fever if the pacifier temp is above 100° F (37.8° C).

Ear Temperature: How to Take

Age: 6 months and older (not accurate before 6 months)

This thermometer reads the heat waves coming off the eardrum.

A correct temp depends on pulling the ear backward. Pull back and up if over 1 year old.

Then aim the tip of the ear probe between the opposite eye and ear.

Parents like this thermometer because it takes less than 2 seconds. It also does not need the child to cooperate. It does not cause any discomfort.

Caution. Being outdoors on a cold day will cause a low reading. Your child needs to be inside for 15 minutes before taking the temp. Earwax, ear infections and ear tubes do not keep from getting correct readings.

Forehead (Temporal Artery) Temperature: How to Take

Age: Any age

This thermometer reads the heat waves coming off the temporal artery. This blood vessel runs across the forehead just below the skin.

Place the sensor head at the center of the forehead.

Slowly slide the thermometer across the forehead toward the top of the ear. Keep it in contact with the skin.

Stop when you reach the hairline.

Read your child's temp on the display screen.

Note: some newer forehead thermometers don't need to slide across the forehead. Follow the box directions on how to take the temp.

Used in more doctor's offices than any other thermometer.

Parents like this thermometer because it takes less than 2 seconds. It also does not need the child to cooperate. It does not cause any discomfort.

Caution: Forehead temperatures must be digital. Forehead strips are not accurate.

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How to Weigh and Measure your Child:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/childrens_bmi/measuring_children.html

To measure height accurately at home:

Remove the child or teen’s shoes, bulky clothing, and hair ornaments, and unbraid hair that interferes with the measurement.

Take the height measurement on flooring that is not carpeted and against a flat surface such as a wall with no molding.

Have the child or teen stand with feet flat, together, and against the wall. Make sure legs are straight, arms are at sides, and shoulders are level.

Make sure the child or teen is looking straight ahead and that the line of sight is parallel with the floor.

Take the measurement while the child or teen stands with head, shoulders, buttocks, and heels touching the flat surface (wall). (See illustration.) Depending on the overall body shape of the child or teen, all points may not touch the wall.

Use a flat headpiece to form a right angle with the wall and lower the headpiece until it firmly touches the crown of the head.

Make sure the measurer’s eyes are at the same level as the headpiece.

Lightly mark where the bottom of the headpiece meets the wall. Then, use a metal tape to measure from the base on the floor to the marked measurement on the wall to get the height measurement.

Accurately record the height to the nearest 1/8th inch or 0.1 centimeter.

Measuring Weight Accurately At Home

Use a digital scale. Avoid using bathroom scales that are spring-loaded. Place the scale on firm flooring (such as tile or wood) rather than carpet.

Have the child or teen remove shoes and heavy clothing, such as sweaters.

Have the child or teen stand with both feet in the center of the scale.

Record the weight to the nearest decimal fraction (for example, 55.5 pounds or 25.1 kilograms).