Sick Child Visit Specialist

Michael Taymor, MD

Pediatrician located in Palo Alto, CA

Few things are more stressful to parents than a sick child. Dr. Michael Taymor understands that parents in Palo Alto, California, want access to a trusted pediatrician who is able to quickly diagnose and treat illness. Sick child visits are a cornerstone of any good pediatric practice.

Sick Child Visit Q & A

What is a sick child visit?

Most trips to the pediatrician's office are for wellness checkups and routine medical care. A sick child visit is a different experience entirely. These visits are scheduled for the purpose of focusing on one particular area of concern. Common reasons for sick child visits include a sore throat, earache, nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea. Pediatricians make sure they have room in their schedule to accommodate sick child appointments, and the office staff is committed to scheduling these appointments as quickly as possible.

How do parents know when a condition requires a sick child visit?

Unfortunately, there is no cut-and-dry answer to this question, although there are guidelines that parents can use to determine whether to call a pediatrician. For example, when a child has a fever higher than 103 degrees, a call should be made to determine if an office visit is needed. Other causes for concern are cough and cold symptoms that do not clear up over the course of several days, extreme fatigue or lethargy with no obvious cause, and severe stomach troubles including ongoing vomiting or diarrhea. At the end of the day, no one knows a child better than his or her parents, and parents should use their instincts when deciding when it is time to call the pediatrician.

What should parents expect during a sick child visit?

Dr. Taymor will assess the child's overall condition, including measuring temperature, listening for breathing and heart rate, and completing various other screenings. Parents should be prepared to provide an overview of all recent symptoms, as well as any changes in the child's environment that may have contributed to his or her current illness. Once a diagnosis has been made, he devises a treatment plan and provides any prescriptions if needed. Parents are also advised on the best way to help ease their child’s symptoms and provide optimum comfort for recovery. A practitioner of integrative evidence-based medicine, Dr. Taymor has access to the widest possible array of proven treatments. He uses those from traditional Western medicine, along with natural therapies, and favors the least invasive, natural remedies whenever possible. Dr. Taymor is also a proponent of the patient-centered “Medical Home” model, and oversees and coordinates any necessary specialist care.

Insurance Providers

Here are just some of the insurance we accept. To find out if your insurance is accepted, give our office a call!

Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
United Healthcare