Caring for Sick Children While Traveling { + $200 Target Giveaway}

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Doctor on Demand.  All opinions are my own.


During the summer, we tend to travel quite a bit.  Not too far away, often, the cabin which is a few hours away.  This last Thanksgiving weekend, we had been at the cabin and woke up in the morning to Charlie having a fever.  It kind of went up and down on its own without medication.  I wasn’t quite sure what we should do.  It was so weird, Charlie had no symptoms beyond the temperature that wasn’t always there, and it wasn’t much of a temp either, but still, it concerned me.  I called urgent care after the second day of the fever, all along wishing I could talk to our doctor.  I didn’t want a faceless person on the other end of the line.  I wanted somebody I felt really cared and was listening to me, yet would hopefully give me answers.  In the end, the fever went away after a few days.  Then, he suddenly had a rash.    I had called the nurse line a few times, yet still didn’t feel like anybody was listening and looking out for my little guy.  I was so frustrated.  When we got home, we went to Urgent Care and still, found out nothing.  Then, called for a follow up appointment with our regular pediatrician.  Turns out, he had Roseola.


The entire situation made me realize, I wasn’t sure what to really do if our kids got sick when we were out.  He definitely wasn’t sick enough for the emergency room, and that was our only option.  We were a good couple of hours away from even an urgent care at the time.  Now, when we do travel, I have a plan in mind in case we do get a sick kid and aren’t at home, and going home immediately isn’t always feasible.

 Caring for a sick child while traveling

Carry a thermometer.  Or have access to one if needed.

If you give your kids medicine for fevers, carry that with you.  I can’t think of the last time we used something for the kids other than our Essential Oils, so we carry those with us.


Have a quiet space to lay with your child.  If they aren’t feeling well for some reason, chances are that they need extra sleep.  Having a hotel room or bedroom where you are staying can help keep them comfortable.


Have quiet time activities.  We always have a few books or a game with us for quiet time anyways.  A movie would work as well.


Have your pediatricians number handy.  Or, Doctor On Demand.  After our Thanksgiving last year, when I heard about Doctor On Demand, I was very interested in it.  Doctor On Demand is a smart phone app where you can actually video chat with a live doctor.  I really love our pediatrician, but I hate having to call after hours.  I don’t know who will be replying, and it’s just a faceless individual talking to me about my child.  I want to feel a connection, and it is amazing what that face to face video chat will do to make you fell more comfortable.  Plus, when they are asking questions about how your child looks, you can actually show them instead of try to describe it.  I wish I had known about this back in January.  It probably would have saved us a trip to the ER for dehydration for Charlie man.


All of the doctors you talk to are US licensed and board certified, which means they are highly trained and have plenty of experience.  The cost is $40 per call, so very competitive with most insurance plan co-pays.  Not only that, but you don’t have to wait and wait for a return phone call.  You call, you talk.  No loading up the kids in the car to take them to a strange hospital or clinic.  Doctor On Demand can save you time and money.


You can call Doctor On Demand for pretty much whatever you would go to the clinic for.  A cold, the flu, pink eye, rashes, prescription refills, or a specialist referral.  Are you starting to see how this could make your life easier?  Keep in mind, anything life threatening, don’t call Doctor On Demand, go to the hospital.


Using the Doctor On Demand app is really easy.  Get started today, go to Google Play or ITunes and install the Doctor On Demand app.  Save $10 off your first call by using this code – POE14  This way, it’s ready to use when you need it.

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You enter your payment info, and then call.  It will ask if the call is for somebody else, like your child or spouse, you can enter symptoms, as well as allergies and medications you are taking.  Then, it shows you the amount of time before you are connected, which in my case was under a minute and a half.  You can see how many doctors are on call at the time.  Doctor On Demand is open from 7 am until 11 pm.  I do wish it was open all night, because it seems that often, the problems arise late in the night.  Right at the top of your screen, it will continue to show you the doctors name.  If you are calling about a skin condition, pink eye, anything that you want them to see, you can take pictures ahead of time to upload, or during the call.  Some of the doctors are board certified in multiple states, so when I called, there were 2 board certified doctors in my state available to take my call.

Doctor on DemandDoctor on DemandDoctor on DemandOverall, I personally love this!  If possible, I would still go to my kids’ regular pediatrician, but when she isn’t available, this is such a great backup for us.  Having a doctor able to {hopefully} diagnose my children or tell me there is nothing to worry about, without having to drag my already sick kid into the clinic would be fantastic.  Plus, during the dreaded flu season, you aren’t subjecting them to those extra sick germs either.


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  • The Doctor on Demand app could really help me. There are so many times I want basic medical advice or an answer to a health question. I want it quick and I want it from a reliable source. This app sounds like that source.

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