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Doctor On Demand: A “Trip” to the Pediatrician—Without Leaving the House!

Taking your child to the pediatrician is never a fun task. But taking your toddler to the pediatrician and carting along your newborn in the dead of winter is especially difficult—take it from me. Oh, and did I mention that our doctor’s office is 45 minutes away from where we live—in another state!

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It’s a long story, but to sum it up in a four short excuses: We moved. I love our pediatrician. He’s a close friend. And, finally, finding a new doctor is daunting. I know, I know. I have to buckle down and break up with Dr. Bob—“it’s not you—it’s me!” I’ll get there… eventually.

Fortunately, until then, we won’t have to make the trip from New York to Connecticut every time my toddler has the sniffles, thanks to Doctor On Demand, a healthcare company that provides video visits with board-certified physicians, psychologists, and lactation consultants via smartphones, tablets, and computers. I recently tried the service, and I’m sold. Case in point:

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When my two-year-old son, Grant, woke up a few nights ago yelling, “Mommy! Wipe my eye!” I didn’t think much of it. But the next morning, I noticed the white of his eye was looking a bit—uh-oh—pink!

Instead of bundling the kids up and preparing for a long car ride, I logged into the Doctor On Demand site. After registering and filling out a brief medical history, I was able to select a convenient appointment time. (Worth noting: if you need to triage a situation, you can also opt to speak to a doctor immediately.) A few minutes later, with my son on my lap, I was chatting face-to-face (or, rather, computer-to-computer) with Dr. Teet, a board-certified pediatrician and all-around nice guy.

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I described my little guy’s symptoms, and Dr. Teet instructed me to pull down the skin under Grant’s eye to look for gunk, junk, and buildup (ah, the joys of motherhood!), and check his throat for white spots. I then tilted the computer to an optimal angle so that Dr. Teet could see Grant’s eye for himself.

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After a few painless minutes, we determined that Grant did have a case of viral pink eye. Dr. Teet called prescription drops into my local pharmacy, and that was that. It was so easy. No coats, no cars, no germy waiting rooms, and, best of all no crying kids!

Doctor On Demand has launched a “first free” appointment promotion—so you, too, can experience the convenience this service has to offer for free! (It’s usually $40 for a 15-minute appointment.) Use the code MOMTRENDS50 when you register online or download the free app.

Just do me one favor: If you get Dr. Teet, tell him I say “thanks!” Grant’s eye is on the mend—and we never even left our couch.

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