We are in the middle of cold and flu season and my kids just can’t seem to catch a break with these childhood illnesses. Just two weeks ago, my youngest child had a mystery virus that spiked 104 fevers every night for 4 nights. During the day she was happy, playing, and her typical mischievous self. At night, her fever rose, and even with her doctor‘s advice to alternate fever reducers, we were unable to bring her fever below 102 for hours.
I took her to the doctor thinking she had the flu, or strep, or a mysterious case of Kawasaki disease I overheard other parents commiserating over. What I was sent home with was advice to control her fever, keep her comfortable, and nothing more. “It’s a childhood virus” was all I was told. I get it- there are tons of viruses out there and there really isn’t anything you can do but ride it out. No antibiotics, no magic pill, nothing. So tell me, why did I have to bundle my child, trek her out in the snow, and expose her to more illnesses (because we all know pediatrician’s offices are extremely germy) when I could have kept my child at home and comfortable?
My husband jokes, “you buy so many things online, you’ve become spoiled with not having to leave the house.” Well, yes hubby- I am. And I would LOVE to FaceTime or video conference our doctors sometimes and ask- “do I really need to bring the child in for this fever, rash, insert odd symptom here.”
Then I find out, while my hubby and I are bickering, that the people behind Doctor on Demand had just what I needed. A doctor, a REAL doctor or team of board certified doctors that can diagnose you over a quick video conference. Now, I’m not saying this is a replacement for going to your doctor, but it can provide some peace of mind when you need it. They can even send a prescription over to your pharmacy, if necessary!
Now, picture this- you are at home recovering from childbirth with your newborn. After a few days or weeks of proper breastfeeding, something happens and it seems that you’ve lost your groove. Your baby is fussy and won’t latch on properly. This is what happened to me with both my babies, and both times their pediatrician recommended a lactation consultant. As a back-story I had c-sections. This recovering mom was not going anywhere for a few weeks. Doctor on Demand gives you access to services that include lactation consultants!
I’m happy with the advice Doctor on Demand can provide at any hour of the day. The doctor we called was courteous and offered the advise I needed based on my daughter’s symptoms and previous history. My daughter had already tested positive for strep and we had a prescription to treat her from her doctor, but what baffled us was the constant fever after treatment. Turns out, she had the flu too! After consulting with Doctor on Demand, we knew she did in fact need another trip to the doctor to rule out a secondary virus and receive treatment. For simpler illnesses that do not need specific diagnostic testing, Doctor on Demand can provide care, advise, and even send a prescription to your local pharmacy. So you are only making one trip out of the house instead of multiple- definitely a life saver for parents with young children!
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