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    Use This App to Keep Asthma Under Control

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects millions of children. Spring and summer can be particularly bad for asthma sufferers due to increased pollen in the air.

    The AsthmaCheck app is designed to help you keep your child’s asthma under control. This app features an easy-to-use interface that allows you to track your child’s peak flow, medication levels, and other factors that affect his comfort. With the help of this app, you can monitor your child’s symptoms and work toward managing his asthma with lower dosages of medication for improved overall health.

    Whether you’d like help managing your child’s asthma or need immediate care for an asthma attack, Pediatric After Hours is here to help. Our children’s urgent care clinic offers asthma therapy in addition to treatment for injuries, accidents, and more. You can reach an experienced pediatrician by calling (214) 363-7242 or clicking on our web contact form.

    Helping Children Handle Seasonal Allergies

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Spring is arriving and flowers are in bloom, which may not be such good news for your child if he or she suffers from seasonal allergies. There are millions of Americans who suffer from symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and itchiness when spring arrives, so you should not be too worried if your child experiences these side effects of a high pollen count. However, you will want to provide some comfort to your child with these simple steps for easing allergy symptoms.

    Be sure that your child has allergies

    Before you give your child any medication, you will want to rule out the possibility of a cold or flu by checking his or her temperature. If your child has a fever, there is probably a non-allergy cause for symptoms. Patterns in your child’s symptoms such as sneezing only in the morning may be a clearer sign of allergies.

    Use non-drowsy antihistamines

    Antihistamines calm a number of allergy symptoms, but some will cause drowsiness in your child that could affect his or her school work. There are many non-drowsy OTC allergy medications that can help your child breathe easier without feeling tired during the day. Congestion may require the use of a nasal spray as well, because antihistamines will not break up congestion effectively.

    Consider allergy shots

    If allergies are a consistent problem for your child, allergy shots, or immunotherapy, may provide more long-term relief. When you consult an allergy specialist for this treatment, you will learn exactly what your child is allergic to, which will make symptoms easier to manage.

    Prevent insect stings outdoors

    Along with airborne allergens, parents should be concerned about insect allergies during the spring. Insect stings can cause severe reactions in allergic individuals, but the chances of a sting are reduced with proper insect control and awareness outdoors.

    When your child needs immediate medical care for severe allergy symptoms, Pediatrics After Hours is there for you. With convenient evening hours in Dallas, Arlington, Garland, and Plano, we can help your child get well when your regular doctor is not in. To contact us, visit our website or call (214) 363-7242.


    Spotlight on Influenza

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Winter may be nearing an end, but flu season is still in effect—especially after a late starting spread of the flu virus in late 2013. The flu is a common virus that causes symptoms of the respiratory tract such as coughing, sneezing, and sore throat. For adults the flu may be an inconvenience, but it may be a more serious condition for young kids.

    Children often catch the flu from their classmates, so you might encourage your child to wash his or her hands more frequently during the day. Kids can also strengthen their immune systems by getting more sleep at night and eating healthier foods—particularly their fruits and veggies. If your child does catch the flu, he or she should stay home from school and get plenty of rest. Symptoms such as high fever, wheezing and shortness of breath, or ear pain should be addressed by a doctor right away.

    Pediatrics After Hours can provide your child with immediate medical attention when symptoms do not arise during typical treatment hours for your child’s pediatrician. For a look at our Dallas area locations, visit our website or call us at (214) 363-7242. 

    Essential Swimming Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know

    Last updated 23 days ago

    If your child is excited to take the first swim of the season this spring, it may be time for you to brush up on some pool safety guidelines that will prevent serious and potentially fatal injuries in the water. Below is a closer look at the basics of pool safety to share with your family as the weather warms up outside.

    Never leave children in the pool unsupervised

    Children should always have someone watching them when they are in or around the pool. An accident can occur in just a matter of seconds, so an adult should be standing by ready to jump in. You might set up a rotation with other parents at the pool or hire a babysitter to watch over your kids on pool days. If you have a pool at home, you will want to keep it off-limits with a locked gate and alarm system when it is not time for a swim.

    Always make sure kids drink water between swims

    Your child may not think about drinking water when he or she is surrounded by it, but kids should be drinking extra water when they are outside. Encourage your child to take breaks every 15-20 minutes for a drink of water and reapplication of sunscreen. Just be sure to keep food and drinks out of the pool, as eating in the water can lead to choking.

    Discourage running and horseplay near the water

    Kids may get a little too enthusiastic around the pool and run on the slippery deck or push each other in. This type of behavior can quickly lead to slip and fall injuries that may result in broken bones or concussions.

    For more warm weather safety tips and urgent care services after the sun goes down, connect with Pediatrics After Hours. You can visit us online or call (214) 363-7242 to explore our services in the Dallas area. 

    Is It a Cold or Seasonal Allergies?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When your child is congested, sneezing, or coughing, you may not know if the symptoms are caused by allergies or a cold. It is important to determine which of these conditions is present, because they are treated differently.

    As this video explains, allergies are caused by immune responses to otherwise harmless triggers where colds come from a virus spread from person to person. Seasonal allergies can be distinguished from a cold by the duration of symptoms—allergies can last for weeks or even months—as well as the specific type of symptoms. With allergies, your child may be itchy, congested, or have watery eyes. Colds will cause fever and body aches in addition to congestion.

    For help offering your child comfort and care for allergies, a cold, or any other common conditions, visit Pediatrics After Hours in Dallas, Arlington, or Plano. You can reach us at (214) 363-7242 or on our website to learn how we will be there for your child when symptoms arise after typical treatment hours. 

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