Hi Hassan here,
Being around young children a lot means we occasionally see a child become sick. We are in a unique position having many children here at the school, so if a child seems ill we need to get that child away from the other children. I was talking with Dr. Michael Riggall of Princeton Nassau Pediatrics this week and got to ask about, “when is the best time to call the doctor?” Here’s what he said.
(Dr. Riggall) “When in doubt call. If you’re uncomfortable about your child’s well being, we would rather you call and talk it over. If you need a doctor we’ll try to have one speak with you, but we always have nurses available – twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Usually the nurse can answer your questions and give you what you need to know to allay any fears you have about your child’s condition.”
(Hassan) “Well tell me, are there times when a parent shouldn’t call? At the school we call the parents unless there is a situation that demands immediate medical attention, but if a mother hears a simple cough then what?”
(Dr. Riggall) “We have a link on our website that might help anyone who wants to find information about specific symptoms. Our website is at Princetonnassaupediatrics.com and the link goes from our front page directly to the Children’s Health Network where there is a comprehensive list of topics about children’s health. We also have a page of resources with links to just about any information you might need.”
(Hassan) “At New Horizons Montessori School we are careful to keep healthy children in class and arrange for any child that may become ill to go home, where they can be more comfortable when they are sick. It’s helpful to have online resources to identify anything that we might have a question about. We are located on Rout 518 just west of Rocky Hill and that makes it easy for parents to get to us quickly. We look for information about any health issues that we hear are affecting our community, so if we hear about a virus it’s good to have online resources to read about those virus symptoms.”
(Dr. Riggall) “It’s all there, but as I mentioned at the beginning, we are always willing to take your call, So, if in doubt pick up the phone. What I always tell the parents I work with is, if your intuition tells you there’s a problem of any sort, call us. If the call makes a parent feel better because she or he has asked a question or discussed an unusual behavior and now knows what to do then we are happy to talk. So, call.”