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    Managing Asthma Symptoms

    Last updated 4 hours 16 minutes ago

    Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that typically begins in childhood. Although there is no cure, your doctor can develop an asthma action plan to help you manage your child’s symptoms. Your child’s asthma action plan will include details such as how and when to take medications, how to avoid asthma triggers, and what to do when symptoms get worse. If your child does suffer an asthma attack, administer the appropriate medications and bring him or her to the pediatric urgent care clinic right away.

    You can hear more about managing childhood asthma by watching this video. You’ll learn about the changes in the airways that occur with asthma and you’ll hear about the typical symptoms of the condition.

    If your child suffers an asthma attack after pediatrician office hours, bring him or her to Pediatrics After Hours in Dallas, Plano, or Garland. If you have any questions about the pediatric services available at our urgent care clinic, call (214) 363-7242.

    Types of Bone Fractures Your Child May Sustain

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Fractures, or broken bones, are particularly prevalent among children and senior citizens. Children may suffer from certain types of fractures that do not typically occur in adults. This is because a child’s bones are still growing, and they are more flexible and resilient. Since a fracture in a child can sometimes affect growth, it’s important for a child with a fracture to undergo treatment by a doctor who specializes in pediatrics. Children who are suspected of having suffered a bone fracture should be brought to the pediatric urgent care clinic as soon as possible.

    Bowing Fracture

    This type of fracture is unique among children. It isn’t a true fracture in the sense that the bone does not break. Rather, the bone bends.

    Greenstick Fracture

    Pediatricians commonly diagnose greenstick fractures in children. A greenstick fracture is similar to a bowing fracture in that the bone bends on one side because part of the bone breaks on the other side. It is an incomplete fracture.

    Complete Fracture

    If your child suffers a complete fracture, the pediatrician at the urgent care clinic may need to refer him or her to a hospital. This occurs when the bone has completely broken into two pieces.

    Comminuted Fracture

    Unlike a single fracture, which occurs when the bone breaks in only one place, a comminuted fracture refers to the breaking of a bone into more than two pieces. With a severe comminuted fracture, the bone may be crushed.

    Buckle Fracture

    Buckle fractures are also referred to as torus fractures. Pediatricians often diagnose this type of fracture in children who have suffered broken arm bones. It is a stable form of fracture in which the top layer of bone on just one side of the bone becomes compressed. This causes the opposite side of the bone to bend.

    If you suspect your child may have suffered a fracture, bring him or her to a pediatric urgent care clinic right away. The pediatricians of Pediatrics After Hours provide fracture evaluations, splinting, and stabilization. You can learn more about our pediatric clinics in Dallas, Plano, or Garland by calling (214) 363-7242 or visiting us on the Web.

    Signs of Celiac Disease in Children

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Celiac disease is a chronic, autoimmune disease in which the villi of the small intestine suffer damage and can no longer absorb nutrients from food properly. When left untreated, children and adults with celiac disease can experience significant complications. If you’re concerned that your child might be displaying the signs of celiac disease, you can bring him or her to an urgent care clinic for testing. The symptoms can vary widely, but often include digestive issues such as bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea.

    Children may display decreased appetite, poor weight gain, unexpected weight loss, and delayed growth. Older children might experience delayed puberty. Some children with celiac disease are diagnosed with complications such as frequent bone fractures, iron deficiency anemia, and damaged tooth enamel. The sooner your child is tested and treated with a gluten-free diet, the sooner he or she will begin to feel better.

    Pediatrics After Hours is an urgent care clinic especially for children that offers a range of on-site pediatric services, including laboratory tests. You can reach our urgent care clinics in Dallas, Plano, or Garland by calling (214) 363-7242.

    Hand Washing Demo

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Watch as Kari Wynn of Pediatrics After Hours teaches a great song to help you remember the best way to wash your hands!

    Heat Rash and Kids

    Last updated 21 days ago

    The sudden appearance of a rash on your child’s skin may quickly send you to the nearest urgent care clinic. However, if it’s heat rash, you may be able to treat it at home. Heat rash occurs when babies, toddlers, and older children become overheated. Children are more susceptible to heat rash than adults because they cannot cool themselves down as effectively. Although you can help your youngster feel better at home, you should bring him or her to a pediatric urgent care clinic if the condition worsens.

    Symptoms

    Heat rash is characterized by the sudden appearance of very small, red bumps. Sometimes, children develop blisters. These bumps typically develop on the stomach, chest, neck, buttocks, and crotch. Sometimes, they may spread across the forehead or scalp. Your child may try to scratch the bumps.

    Complications

    Unless your child can quickly cool down, heat rash may turn into a more serious condition. Heat exhaustion or heat stroke requires a quick visit to the pediatric urgent care clinic. The symptoms of these serious conditions can include rapid pulse, shallow breathing, lethargy, unconsciousness, and hot, dry skin.

    Treatments

    Pediatricians recommend addressing heat rash promptly by removing some of your child’s clothing and loosening the remaining clothing. Take your child into a cool room. Place cool, wet washcloths on the areas of skin with heat rash bumps. However, avoid applying ointments to the rash because this can worsen the condition by blocking sweat.

    Preventive Steps

    To prevent heat rash, it’s best to keep your little one indoors in a cool area when the temperatures get too hot outside. Pediatricians advise parents to make sure their kids drink plenty of fluids. Consider dressing your child in natural fabrics to enable more efficient sweating.

    The caring pediatricians at Pediatrics After Hours provide prompt treatment for all types of rashes and for heat-related illnesses. We invite parents in the Dallas, Plano, and Garland areas to visit our website to explore the healthcare services available at our urgent care clinic. While no appointment is necessary to see a pediatrician, you can reach us by calling (214) 363-7242.



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