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    When a Childhood Cold Requires Medical Attention

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Young children tend to contract colds on a fairly regular basis, especially after they start preschool or while they’re attending a child care program. In most cases, the common cold is not a cause for alarm. However, cold symptoms can sometimes become much more serious and may require a trip to the nearest pediatric urgent care facility. Some pediatricians may even advise a brief period of hospitalization for very severe symptoms.

    Understanding the Potential Dangers

    Human rhinoviruses cause a significant percentage of cases of the common cold and, until recently, were thought to be largely harmless. However, pediatricians note that the latest research indicates that some infants and young children infected with rhinoviruses experience more serious symptoms, including difficulty breathing, wheezing, and severe coughing. In fact, researchers have discovered that rhinoviruses can occasionally lead to severe lung infections, including bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Parents can talk to their pediatricians about their child’s risk factors. The risk of developing a serious lung infection from rhinoviruses appears to increase when the child has heart disease or asthma, or was born prematurely.

    Identifying the Signs of Bronchiolitis

    If your child develops bronchiolitis, he or she will experience symptoms similar to the common cold for the first few days. Later, your child may wheeze and have trouble breathing. If your child begins breathing rapidly, refuses food and fluids, or is lethargic, it’s imperative to get to a pediatric urgent care facility right away.

    Pinpointing the Indicators of Pneumonia

    Pneumonia is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires urgent pediatric care. With pneumonia, some children can experience relatively mild symptoms such as dry cough, headache, and low-grade fever. On the other hand, some children develop more severe symptoms such as a high fever, flushed skin, problems breathing, wheezing, and cyanosis, or bluish discoloration of the skin.

    Parents throughout the Dallas, Plano, and Garland areas can get urgent pediatric care for their youngsters at Pediatrics After Hours. Our pediatricians provide after-hours care to kids from birth to age 21. If you’re concerned about your child’s worsening cold symptoms, give us a call at (214) 363-7242 or stop by one of our convenient locations.

    Germ Concerns at Your Child's School

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Children are especially vulnerable to viruses and bacteria because of their immature immune systems. Kids also tend to put their fingers and other objects in their mouths, allowing them to come into contact with and spread many different germs. Pediatricians recommend teaching kids healthy habits early in life to reduce the amount of infections they contract. For example, teach your child to sneeze into a tissue or into his or her sleeve. When kids sneeze into their hands and fail to wash them immediately afterwards, they can spread germs onto any objects and people they touch.

    It’s also essential to emphasize the importance of thorough hand-washing with your child. Help your child practice scrubbing soap around his or her fingers, hands, and nails for at least 20 seconds. Remind your youngster to wash his or her hands before meals, after using the facilities, and any time the hands become dirty. Pediatricians may also recommend that you keep hand sanitizer in your car. Help your child apply hand sanitizer after you pick him or her up from school, a sports game, or a friend’s house.

    The friendly pediatricians at Pediatrics After Hours provide top-notch medical care at our pediatric urgent care facilities. Parents in need of an after-hours pediatrician can reach our locations in Dallas, Plano, or Garland at (214) 363-7242 or visit us on the web for more information about our services.

    Flu Shots Available at all Pediatrics After Hours Locations!

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Come in and see us at any of our locations for a flu shot. For more information, call us at (214) 363-7242 or visit our website.

    Understanding How Ear Infections Develop

    Last updated 16 days ago

    In general, children are more likely than adults to contract ear infections. Some youngsters may even suffer from recurrent or persistent ear infections. A bacterial or viral ear infection may require a trip to the local urgent pediatric care facility, as it can be painful and cause other troublesome symptoms. At the children’s urgent care facility, a pediatrician may prescribe medications for your child, or he or she may recommend home remedies to ease discomfort. Continue reading to find out more about ear infections in children.

    Basic Anatomy

    It can be helpful to understand the basic anatomy of the ear to understand how ear infections develop. The ear has three primary components. The outer ear is the visible part, while the middle ear includes the eardrum. The inner ear is responsible for converting vibrations from sound into electric signals, which are then sent to the brain via the auditory nerve. Another critical component of the ear is the Eustachian tube. This structure regulates air pressure in the middle ear and enables mucus to drain from the middle ear.

    Ear Infection Development

    Ear infections can develop when there is a problem with the Eustachian tube. This often occurs due to the onset of cold or allergy symptoms. Congestion can block the Eustachian tube, which prevents mucus from draining properly. Germs can readily multiply in the accumulated mucus within the middle ear, causing an ear infection.

    Ear Infection Complications

    Sometimes, pediatricians will avoid prescribing antibiotics and will instead take a “wait and see” approach to ear infections. This typically depends on the severity of symptoms and the child’s age. Most ear infections resolve on their own. However, if your child experiences frequent or persistent ear infections, complications may develop. These can include ruptured eardrums and impaired hearing.

    When your pediatrician isn’t available and your youngster needs urgent pediatric care, the team at Pediatrics After Hours is here for your family. Our urgent care facilities have been specially designed with the youngest patients in mind. Parents in the Dallas, Plano, and Garland areas who have questions about our pediatric urgent care services can call (214) 363-7242 to find out more.

    Managing Asthma Symptoms

    Last updated 25 days 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.

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