Telehealth is the ability to visit with your doctor through your phone or computer. While telehealth has been around for years in some places, its use has exploded since the coronavirus outbreak and national lockdowns.

Now, nearly every doctor’s office is offering telehealth visits to their patients. Many common illnesses and most behavioral concerns can be addressed over telehealth, and many insurance companies are waving the co-pay associated with a traditional in-person office visit during the pandemic.

To find out if telehealth is an option for you, simply call your pediatrician and inquire about their telehealth option. The office will walk you through what to do and schedule a visit for a specific time.

To get the most out of the visit, it’s wonderful if you have a recent weight of your child and if you are able to take their temperature while on camera. Sit in a comfortable and well-lit place so the doctor can see and interact with you and your child over the screen. Computers can be used for telehealth, but a smartphone is all that is really necessary.

Some examples of problems treated through telehealth include:

  • Red, gooey eyes in an otherwise healthy child
  • Mild fevers in an otherwise healthy child
  • Rashes of all types
  • Runny nose without fever or ear pain
  • Ear pain after swimming
  • ADHD concerns
  • Sleeping problems
  • Picky eating in young children
  • Suspected nursemaid’s elbow
  • Breastfeeding concerns
  • Medication refills

If you have an emergency concern, you should still seek out emergency help.

Takeaways

  • Telehealth means visiting your doctor over a screen (computer or phone).
  • During coronavirus, most offices have some type of telemedicine option.
  • Telemedicine is a good option for non-emergency visits.
  • Call your pediatrician to find out what they are offering.

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