However, we take the hard work out of online symptom searching and help you relax by providing virtual treatment. Our online pediatricians understand there is no one-size-fits-all approach to working with a child and treating your child on an individual level. We look at their previous medical history and talk to you to make an accurate professional diagnosis.
When your kid suffers from a fever,rash, swelling, coughs, sneezes, and other symptoms of an infection, our virtual pediatricians can diagnose the cause. Then, they can look at their previous medical history and provide treatment so they can get back to playtime. Our board-certified pediatricians care about your kids as though they were our own and see them with $0 visit costs.
What is an infection?
An infection is an urgent care condition where germs or infectious organisms enter your child’s body and cause sickness. The harmful invaders will reproduce themselves inside them and multiply to make colonies. Your kid’s specific treatment depends on their illness’s cause (fungal, bacterial, and viral infections) since there are thousands of types of infections to date.
The immune system and white blood cells fight infections, infectious diseases, and other viruses and bacterias on your child’s behalf. But sometimes, the foreign agent overwhelms them, and they cannot control it on their own. This reason is why some infections present themselves as mild and others as serious, requiring treatment from a virtual pediatrician.
The first common infection type your child may have comes from viruses, who enter your child’s host cells and take over, replicating their genetic materials. Then, the infected cell will reproduce, and the process continues until your sweet kid has thousands of them. This cycle is how an infection grows and spreads, making your child sick and causing nasty urgent care symptoms.
In many cases, common viruses will run their course with rest, proper nutrition, and possible medications. There are other times where your kid’s symptoms become worse than average, and you will need to visit an online pediatrician. Common viral infections in children are common cold, influenza, RSV, Strep, and Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease.
Bacteria are another infection type that can attack your kiddos and are single-celled, unlike viruses. They can live in extreme hot and cold conditions where other infections would not survive. Not all bacteria are “bad”: there are “good” bacteria living inside the human body that protects their organs and gut. But some bacterial infectious agents are more challenging to fight off than others and can cause issues in the body.
When your child experiences a bacterial infection, it will not often resolve independently and requires special treatment from a board-certified pediatrician. We recommend pursuing a virtual option from our team so your child can get better quicker. Common childhood bacterial infections include bacterial meningitis, pneumonia, food poisoning, eye infections, UTIs, and skin infections.
Finally, your child can run into fungal infections that grow on their skin or in their respiratory tract. While fungal skin infections are typically mild and easily treatable, fungi invading the lungs can lead to dangerous breathing complications. The people most susceptible to fungal infections are those who have weakened or overloaded immune systems due to illnesses or age, such as in young children or elderly adults.
Rashes or other skin conditions may develop due to a fungal infection, and your board-certified pediatrician can offer effective virtual treatment to help them. Common fungal infections in children are ringworm, yeast infections, and athlete's foot.
How to Prevent Infections
Sometimes, infections are just part of being a parent: every kid will experience an infection at some point. Though they are not entirely avoidable, there are many steps you can take to prevent infections from entering their body.
Teach your child how to properly wash their hands and encourage them to do so before eating and after using the restroom.
Wipe down and disinfect surfaces in your home and personal areas frequently.
Stress the importance of not sharing personal items such as cups, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, razors, and utensils.
Teach your child about personal space and encourage them to keep their distance from those who are visibly sick.
Telehealth Visits for Infection Treatment
It can sometimes be challenging to know if your child’s condition can be cared for at home with rest, fluids, and over-the-counter treatments or if they should see urgent care. Thankfully, you no longer have to stress about making the right call. When you schedule a virtual visit with a Telepeds board-certified pediatrician, your child will receive the best health care from the comfort of your home.
Our doctor will ask your child’s symptoms and condition through a virtual pediatric consultation, ask questions about their health history, and talk to you about patterns you have seen. We value your medical input and use it when we make our diagnosis and offer virtual treatment. All you need is a device with a camera and the internet to schedule a convenient appointment anytime.