Parents hate it when kids fall sick over the weekend.. Coz most clinics are closed and I always thought the only place open on Sunday and specializes in kids is KK Hospital’s children emergency. It’s always a dilemma, to wait until Monday to see the doctor, or to bring them to KKH. Sometimes the illness doesn’t seem too serious to warrant a visit to children’s emergency, but yet it’s serious enough to keep us worrying all weekend if we don’t seek any medical attention.
MY, who is 7 weeks old, started coughing in his sleep on Saturday night. I could hear phlegm in his cough and got pretty worried. I wanted to bring him to see a pediatrician, so I searched the Internet and found out that Thomson Pediatric Centre at TMC is open on Sunday from 9am to 12noon.
We arrived at the clinic at 10.30am – it was extremely crowded! Be prepared for a 3-hour wait if you are here on a Sunday! There were toys to keep MF entertained while waiting, but not for that long, so hubby brought MF out to run some errands while I waited there alone with MY. There is a diaper-changing table in the clinic which is pretty convenient.. But there was no nursing room! So when MY had to nurse, I brought him to the nursing room at the other end of the building – that was quite a hassle.
We finally saw the doctor, Dr Ang Ai Tin, at about 1.30pm. MY was nebulized, did a suction of his mucus (which was sent to the laboratory for testing) and we were sent home with a nose drop and a cough medicine. We were supposed to go back 3 days later for review when the lab test result is out.
However that night, MY started coughing worse and he kept puking whatever milk or medication we tried to give him, together with thick yellowish phlegm. We got very worried and were in a dilemma again – should we bring him to TMC 24-hour clinic (which is a family clinic, not a pediatric clinic) or to KKH? We decided to go TMC in the end since his mucus test was done there and hopefully we can get Dr Ang to follow up.
At the 24-hour clinic, we told the doctor that we had seen Dr Ang earlier in the morning, and he called her up to explain MY’s symptoms and get instructions from her. MY was warded to be nebulized / suctioned and for observation plus further tests like blood test and chest x-ray. He managed to sleep well throughout the night and take one feed without puking.
So it turns out, KKH is not the only place we can go when our kids fall sick on a Sunday. If you know of any other pediatric clinics that open on Sundays, do let me know!