Can you relate to the mom in this video? When we have a newborn, we’re visiting the pediatrician all the time, absorbing as much information about our child, their growth, and whether we’re doing the right things….all in the midst of our exhaustion. What we wish we had available then, that we do have now, is another solution that allows us to keep in touch with our pediatrician as our children grow. And sometimes we just worry about taking a healthy kid into a waiting room filled with sick kids to do a fairly routine check-up. Here are the top 5 reasons that we busy parents love telehealth as an option for our children’s healthcare!
No Waiting Room
We all know that when we book that doctor’s appointment, that we have to pack a big bag of snacks and toys to pass the time. The average doctor’s office waiting time is 20 minutes and with telehealth, you book a video call and log on right on time. No waiting!
It’s so difficult to take a healthy child to the doctor without wondering and worrying about all the other germs and illnesses they’ll be exposed to there. Do you ever wonder if you come back from the doctor’s office sicker than when you arrived? And do you wonder how often the toys in the waiting room are cleaned? For a routine well visit, consider a video check-in and avoid it all.
Less Disruptive / Easier to Schedule
Busy parents or parents with school-aged children are always on the run – between school or work or practices or extracurricular activities and carpools. Rather than having to pull a child from school or leave work early, consider telehealth as an alternative. You can set up a call with your doctor around your schedule, at your convenience, and at a time that’s least disruptive for you. So instead of playing phone tag, not knowing when the doctor will call back, and putting your schedule on hold – you can initiate and schedule the appointment right from your smartphone!
Inevitably, following that long office wait, your children don’t behave the way you’d hope in the doctor’s exam room. Everyone is just more comfortable in their own familiar surroundings. If the doctor is hoping to get a real sense of your child and their behavior as well as you when you’re at your best and most prepared as a parent, consider telehealth as an option for those in-between visit check-ins or side effect checks.
When we had smaller babies, the doctor visit check-ins were more frequent. As your child grows, you know them and their behavior well. For example, if your child wakes up and you know that they appear to have all of the symptoms of pink eye, consider a telehealth video visit vs. a doctor’s appointment. This is a quick and easy way to get access to your doctor without the time-consuming in-person visit.
It’s so great knowing there’s an alternate solution that would ease the stress of getting children to the doctor, especially for routine issues like the common cold, seasonal allergies, ear infections, sore throat, and even prescription refills. Not having to take time off from work or pull children from their routine means that you can schedule a video call with your physician from any location, and get fast answers to our questions.