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According to pediatricians, ear infections are second only to the common cold when it comes to childhood illnesses. In fact, the majority of kids will experience at least one such infection before their third birthday. If you suspect that your child has an ear infection, getting him or her to a pediatric urgent care clinic when symptoms start is important to beating the infection and helping to control the associated pain. Could your child be suffering from an ear infection? Here is what every parent needs to know.
What Are the Symptoms of an Ear Infection?
Pain is the most common symptom of an ear infection, particularly pain that gets worse when your child lies down. Older kids can easily communicate their ear pain to you, but in babies, watch for signs like increased irritability that could be caused by discomfort. A fever of over 102 degrees Fahrenheit is common with an ear infection, and gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea are also possible. You may also notice that your child’s hearing seems to be compromised. In some cases, pus may drain from the ear.
How Are Ear Infections Treated?
Treatment usually depends on the child’s age and the severity of the symptoms. Most pediatricians prescribe antibiotics for kids who are too young to express if their symptoms are severe or getting worse. For older kids without high fevers or severe symptoms, pediatricians may recommend watchful waiting for a few days before prescribing medications.
Can Ear Infections Be Prevented?
You can’t entirely prevent ear infections, but there are things you can do to lessen your child’s risk. Breastfeeding for the first six months has been shown to lower susceptibility to ear infections. Don’t expose your child to secondhand smoke or other allergens. Don’t let young children drink while lying down, as this could let liquid flow into the middle ear and cause an infection.
Pediatrics After Hours is here when your doctor’s office is closed to treat ear infections and a range of other pediatric conditions. Get answers to your questions about our Dallas pediatric urgent care clinic by calling (214) 363-7242.
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Pink eye is a common condition seen by pediatricians. If your child develops the telltale red, itchy eye and discharge associated with pink eye, take him or her to the pediatric urgent care clinic right away for treatment. What’s behind this common eye infection? Here is what you need to know.
There are several potential causes of pink eye, but in kids, bacterial pink eye—also called conjunctivitis—is the most common. It may be associated with another infection or it may appear on its own. Because pink eye is so contagious, it can easily spread through a classroom or daycare. Other causes of pink eye include viruses, allergies, irritation from chemicals or foreign objects, or, for newborns, a blocked tear duct.
Stop the spread of pink eye and bring your child to Pediatrics After Hours when symptoms appear. Our Dallas pediatric urgent care clinic is open after regular business hours for your convenience. Learn more about our pediatric care services by calling (214) 363-7242.
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When your child gets sick, how do you know if he or she has a simple cold or the flu? Although pediatricians recommend that all kids over six months get the flu vaccine, it’s still possible for a child to pick up the flu before the vaccine takes effect or to get a strain that the vaccine doesn’t protect against. Although the flu may sometimes need to run its course, it’s still important to have your child seen at a pediatric after hours clinic for treatment to lessen the risk of complications. Here are some of the symptoms kids may experience with the flu.
Sudden Onset of Symptoms
When it comes to the flu, when the symptoms start is just as important as what they are. With a cold, symptoms usually start gradually and build up over time. The flu usually comes on suddenly. Your child may seem fine one day and be very ill the next. That fast onset of symptoms often indicates that the flu is to blame.
Fever is an important indicator of the flu. With a cold, kids usually don’t have any fever at all, and when they do, it is usually a very mild one. The flu, on the other hand, tends to cause a very high fever. High fever with the flu can lead to dangerous dehydration, so be sure to ask the pediatrician at your urgent care clinic how you can avoid this complication.
A cold is enough to wear anyone out, but with the flu, kids don’t just experience mild tiredness—they have extreme exhaustion. If your child’s activity level has suddenly dropped, the flu may be the cause.
If your child is experiencing flu symptoms, getting seen by a pediatrician quickly is critical. At Pediatrics After Hours, we provide the urgent care your child needs after regular business hours. Let our pediatricians get your child on the road to recovery. You can reach our pediatric urgent care clinic in Dallas today at (214) 363-7242.
Last updated 2 months ago
Most parents get a little anxious when their kids develop fevers, but when should you really be concerned? Although kids rarely need to go to the emergency room for a fever, a visit to an urgent care pediatrician could be in order. Watch this video to learn more.
If your child has a fever over 100.4 for more than five days, have him or her checked out at a pediatric urgent care center. Your child may also need urgent care if he or she has developed a new fever after being sick for a few days, as it could indicate a secondary infection.
Pediatrics After Hours in Dallas can provide care for your ill child when you need it the most. Learn more about our pediatric urgent care services by calling (214) 363-7242.
Last updated 3 months ago
Although chicken pox is becoming less common in children thanks to vaccinations, infections can and do still occur. There is no cure for chicken pox, but there are many things you can do to manage your child’s symptoms. This video offers additional information.
To manage any fever associated with the infection, you can give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Bathing your child in a bath with a small amount of oatmeal can ease the itching, as can allergy medications. Encourage your child to avoid scratching, which can lead to scarring. If you need advice about safe medications or if your child has a chronic illness, seek pediatric care.
When the chicken pox strikes, Pediatrics After Hours is here with the care your family needs. Our urgent care pediatricians can answer all of your questions about managing your child’s chicken pox and more. For additional information about our pediatric urgent care, call (214) 363-7242.