What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

KIDS SICK? NOW, HOUSE CALLS!

     Home  >  Articles  > Family Health/Fitness/Safety
by Alison Hogan

Related:


Sibylle Ouwerx, mom of four, had a rough week recently — three of her kids were sick simultaneously, each with different symptoms. "The idea of getting them all to the doctor's and sitting in the waiting room — what a pain," laments the transplanted Belgian.

Stephanie Kaster, mom of three, remembers her daughter getting sick at 3pm on a Friday in the height of the summer, and more recently, her son developing a severe cough as the weekend loomed. "Each time, we missed the doctor's hours," Kaster recalls.

But both Upper East Side moms had their children diagnosed and treated in the space of an hour and in the comfort and convenience of their homes. They called Naomi Friedman, who has been making house calls for a while, but because of the demand, just expanded her practice to include children.

Friedman is a physician associate (PA), licensed to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a range of common illnesses. She is also able to write prescriptions; treat burns, cuts and do sutures; and do on-the-spot blood tests. PAs work under the supervision of licensed MDs.

Expanding to pediatrics, Friedman has brought on board well-known, Mt. Sinai-affiliated pediatrician, Dr. Katherine Grimm, who says, "I think it's a great idea. PAs are very careful in their assessments. This kind of service shouldn't be a substitute for continuity of care from one's own doctor — but it's great when it's difficult to get to the doctor's office, and you don't want your child sitting in a waiting room with other sick kids." Friedman, she says, is trained to evaluate and treat the sicknesses common in childhood that keep pediatricians on the phone well after hours: coughing, vomiting and diarrhea, unexplained crying, earaches, pain, and the one Dr. Grimm says crosses all cultural divides, the one all parents are fearful of — fever.

Friedman and her associates are available seven days a week, 6am-11pm. They cover only Manhattan, and dependent on traffic, aim for arrival within the hour. "I called at 8:15 in the morning, and Naomi was there by 8.45," says Ouwerx, who adds that she is thrilled to have found the house call alternative — something that she says is common in Europe and that she was disappointed not to find when she and her family arrived in New York two years ago.

Both Ouwerx and Kaster say they have been hugely relieved to find Friedman's service, which always includes a phone call the next day to check on all patients. "Fabulous!" declares Kaster.

Friedman had worked in hospitals and then private practices for several years, and says she thought about the house call service while observing the time constraints that are usual in most doctors' offices. "There was never enough personalized time," she says. "Medical staffers are always rushed. There are constant interruptions. I figured: There has to be a better way!

"And what better place to do this than in Manhattan?" she continues. "We just hop on a subway or in a taxi, and we're there."

Friedman's service is Sickday Medical House Calls. You can check out her website at www.sickdayhousecalls.com, or keep this number handy: (212) 327-1900. She charges $250 per visit, cash or check.


Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More Family Health/Fitness/Safety Articles

Wanderlust Yoga In The City Offers a One-Day Yoga, Music, and Community Event in NYC

“Roll Model” Campaign During National Bike Safety Month Helps Parents Put the Brakes on Child Bike Fatalities
Travel Tips: Food Safety On the Road
Yale Fertility Center Opens in Westport, CT
Lice Removal Services in New York City

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Family Health/Fitness/Safety Sponsors

Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY
212-247-4777
...

Dwight-Englewood Summer Connections
315 E. Palisade Ave.
Englewood, NJ
201-569-9500 x3501
Each summer begins with great potential. We encour...

Junior Ballroom Dancing
22 W. 34th St. (bet. 5th and 6th Avenues )
New York, NY
212-307-1111
Paul Pellicoro?s DanceSport, New York?s largest B...

Children's Acting Academy
131 W. 72nd St.
New York, NY
212-860-7101
Do you want your child to learn acting & singing w...

Oasis Day Camps in NYC, LI, Dobbs Ferry and New Jersey
20 Jay St Suite 802
Brooklyn, NY
1 800-317-1392
An extraordinary value in day camp! Oasis is en...
See Our Family Health/Fitness/Safety Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE