The After Hours Program (AHP) is a service designed to have specially trained nurses provide telephone triage, assessment, advice and access-to-care information for a parent concerning their ill child. At Primary Care, Harborview, Somers Point, this is available whenever the office is closed.
The most common reasons for calls to the After Hours Program are listed below, along with medical information related to the reasons.
Please do not call the After Hours Program for the following:
Allergic Rhinitis is a reaction that occurs in the nose when airborne irritants (allergens) trigger the release of histamine. Histamine causes inflammation and fluid production in the fragile linings of nasal passages, sinuses and eyelids.
If the office is closed and you have questions or concerns about your child's asthma, please call the After Hours Program. There, your child's medical and medication record and be reviewed and you can be giving the best and most specific advice.
There are a lot of things going on in the belly. When your child complains of belly pain or acts like they have pain in the abdominal area, there could be a number of reasons for this. While calling the After Hours Program will put you in touch with a nurse to speak with you about what might be going on, the following links may also be helpful.
The following link provides information on diaper dermatitis, commonly known as a diaper rash.
Your child may have ear pain for any number of reasons. Below are links that provide information about the most common causes of ear pain. The information below will help you decide if you need to make an appointment with your pediatrician.
The following link provides information on eczema, a skin disorder that usually appears in babies or very young children, and may last until the child reaches adolescence or adulthood.
The following link provides information on the causes of fevers and the treatment for fever, as well as when you should speak with a nurse or pediatrician about your child's fever.
There are few things as frustrating as seeing your baby cry and feeling as though there is nothing that you can do to help. Some causes include colic (usually if the baby is younger than 4 months) and teething (usually if the baby is older than 4 months). Please look at the links below, but don't hesitate to call the After Hours Program. The nurses there can help you help your baby.
If you suspect that your child has ingested something dangerous (unintended medication, a dose of medication that is too high, a poison, etc.) please call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Your child may have a rash for any number of reasons. Use the links below to learn more about the most common causes of rashes. Remember, unless a rash is actually seen, it is difficult to correctly diagnose the cause. The information below will help you decide if you need to make an appointment with your pediatrician.
Please call the After Hours Program if you have questions about a potential injury that your child may have sustained.
The following link provides information on warts: common, non-cancerous growths in the top layer of the skin, caused by a viral infection — human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Kids most often get them on the hands, feet and face.