Sick (Infectious) Clinic

Covid has led to many health services and patients rethinking how they visit the doctor when they have fever, cough, cold or flu like symptoms.

The staff at Little Pears understand that sometimes this isn’t enough and that seeing a doctor face to face is needed.  A face to face assessment also allows for a respiratory swab to be taken.  A negative RAT test can miss 1 in 3 cases of covid.  If you have respiratory symptoms and a negative RAT you should arrange a PCR respiratory swab via your GP.  A GP referral is not required for SA pathology respiratory collection centres.

Little Pears now offers dedicated sick clinics for any age.  You can wait in the secure outdoor nature area and the clinic has state of the art air conditioning to reduce risk of infection.   Each room has 6 cycles of fresh air changes per hour and UV filtration.

Phone and video consultations continue to be available for all respiratory/infectious symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

Colds are very common in healthy children and on average, it is common for healthy children to have up to 12 viral illnesses per year in the first few years of life.

Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics. The best treatment is to rest at home to allow your childs immune system to fight the virus.

While most viruses are mild in children, infants under three months of age may become very ill quickly and need to be assessed by a doctor.

We recommend your child having a COVID test in case they need to be seen face to face for review.

We recommend

  • Giving your child small amounts to drink frequently when awake, such as a mouthful of water every 15 minutes or so. This helps to ease a sore throat and replaces the fluid lost due to having a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea. Water is best, but rehydrating icy poles are also a good way of providing fluids to your child. If breastfeeding, feed your baby more frequently.
  • Giving enough fluid is particularly important in infants this should be breastmilk or formula, or rehydration fluids such as electrolytes.
  • Do not be concerned if your child does not eat for a few days. When they feel better they will start eating again.
  • Allowing your child to rest.
  • Using saline nasal (nose) drops to help clear a blocked nose in babies. A baby with a clear nose will find it easier to feed.
  • Give your child paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain, or if your child is miserable, irritable or lethargic. Do not give your child aspirin. Carefully check the label for the correct dose and make sure you are not already giving your child any other products containing paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Do not use other remedies unless advised by a doctor or health care professional.

Your child is likely to feel better in a few days, but may be unwell for up to two weeks. A cough can linger for several weeks.

Most rashes are mild and do not cause your child any distress, although some rashes can cause a lot of itching.

If your child is not improving after 48 hours, or is getting worse, make an appointment with your GP, this may include a face to face appointment or a videohealth (if no recent COVID test has been done).

We also recommend making an appointment with your GP if your child has any of the following:

  • pain that does not improve with paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • persistent vomiting and diarrhoea
  • a high fever that is not improving after 48 hours
  • refusal to drink or have an icy pole for six hours
  • a rash or spot that does not blanch when you push on it
  • less than half the usual number of wet nappies
  • they are giving you concern for any other reason
  • Poor feeding or fever in an infant aged three months or younger

Seek immediate care from a hospital emergency department if your child:

  • is very pale or hard to wake
  • has trouble breathing
  • has a rash and gets a headache, stiff neck or back pain
  • is unwell with a fever and a skin rash (small bright red spots or purple spots or unexplained bruises) that does not turn to skin-colour (blanch) when you press on it
  • Poor feeding or fever in an infant aged one month or younger