The answer is: Anytime.
In general, if you’re worried, we’re worried too. You’re the world’s expert in your child, so if something doesn’t look right or feel right, we’re always here to help you figure out what to do, so call us!
But, more specifically, you should definitely call:
- If your child is having any trouble breathing (hard, fast, labored breathing)
- If your child is not drinking enough to stay hydrated
- If your child is in pain and inconsolable
- If your child is lethargic, listless (bad words to a pediatrician)
We can see you quickly in the office or connect via telehealth to figure out the next steps together.
Most viral infections last about 5 to 7 days, with symptoms peaking around day 3 or 4 (the worst, most miserable days). So, if it seems that things aren’t clearing up as expected by days 5-7, that would be another reason to call so we can make sure we’re dealing with a typical virus.
If it doesn’t seem urgent but you’d like some guidance, then you can text us through our secure texting app, Klara. If you aren’t already using Klara, you can start by texting us at 808.431.3161, or sign up through our website.
Because the symptoms of COVID-19 are very nonspecific and can look like general cold and flu symptoms, if you suspect COVID-19 infection or exposure, give us a call so we can evaluate your child’s risk and see if it’s necessary to order testing.
If your child is having symptoms and you’re not quite sure what’s going on, you can check out our new symptom checker on the website. This new tool will guide you through a series of questions that will help you explore your child’s symptoms and possible causes as well as give you appropriate advice.