With locations in Dallas, Plano, Garland and Arlington, Pediatrics After Hours is an urgent care pediatric facility established to provide for your ill child after regular business hours.
214.363.7242

Dallas: (214) 363-7242 Plano: (972) 618-2493 Garland: (214) 919-3170 Arlington: (817) 701-4050

A Look at Food Allergies

A serious allergic reaction is a condition that requires the attention of an emergency pediatrician. At a pediatric urgent care location, the doctor may determine that your child has a food allergy, such as an allergy to milk, peanuts, or eggs. There is no cure for food allergies; they can only be managed effectively through strict avoidance of the allergen. It’s also important to keep an auto-injector of epinephrine near your child at all times in the event of accidental exposure.

For more information about food allergies, watch this featured video. It takes an in-depth look at what happens with the body’s immune system when it detects the presence of an allergen. It also explains anaphylaxis, which is the very serious type of allergic reaction that requires emergency pediatric care.

Pediatrics After Hours provides emergency pediatric care in the DFW area. If your regular pediatrician is unavailable, you can call (214) 363-7242 to locate one of our four urgent care facilities.

The Link Between Dehydration and Gastrointestinal Problems in Kids

Millions of people in the U.S. have acute or chronic gastrointestinal problems and many of these patients are children and adolescents. Dehydration and gastrointestinal problems are closely linked. In fact, the former can cause the latter and vice versa. Since dehydration and certain gastrointestinal problems are serious medical issues in pediatric patients, it’s advisable to bring your child to an emergency pediatrician at an urgent care for kids if you have concerns about his or her wellness.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common gastrointestinal problem in young patients. It can be caused by everything from rotavirus to salmonella to parasites. Most often, diarrhea is the result of a viral infection. The loose, frequent stools are the body’s way to try to eliminate the germs in the body. In most cases, diarrhea and the other symptoms of viral gastroenteritis can last for a few days to a week. During this time, a child is at a high risk of becoming dehydrated because the body is expelling so much fluid with the stools. Water is important, but it doesn’t have all of the electrolytes that infants and children need. In addition to increasing fluid intake, the pediatrician may recommend giving your infant or child an oral rehydrating solution.

Constipation

There are many possible causes of constipation in children. In toddlers, constipation is often caused by anxiety over potty training. However, there’s also the possibility that a child who suffers from persistent constipation isn’t drinking enough fluids. Water is crucial for moving food along the digestive tract. When a person is dehydrated, the large intestine has to use up water from the food waste, which results in constipation. If a child’s constipation persists or is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, vomiting, bloody stool, or weight loss, he or she should see a doctor.

If your child may be dehydrated, he or she needs pediatric urgent care right away. When their regular pediatricians are unavailable, parents have long trusted Pediatrics After Hours for urgent care for kids in the DFW area. Call (214) 363-7242 or visit us online to view the locations of our four urgent care facilities.

A Look at How We Communicate with Your Primary Care Doctor

After your child has visited Pediatric After Hours, the staff will notify your child’s primary care physician within 24 hours. Whether your child has seen the emergency pediatrician for an illness or injured limb, the urgent care staff will make sure the primary pediatrician’s records are up-to-date with timely communication.

Your child’s primary pediatrician will receive a fax or email within 24 hours of your visit. This fax will include all necessary paperwork and records. X-rays, labs, diagnosis, and continuing treatment recommendations will be included to inform the pediatrician of the steps that were taken. These records will enter your child’s permanent chart and advise the primary pediatrician for follow-up appointments and any appointments going forward. In the event that the emergency pediatricians believe your child needs to be admitted to the hospital, the primary pediatrician will be notified immediately.

Pediatrics After Hours was created so parents would have a safe and specialized urgent care meant for kids. We believe all children should receive the same dedicated care they would receive with their own pediatrician near the DFW area. Please call us at (214) 363-7242 if you have any questions about our services.

How to Tell if Your Child Has a Broken Bone

When your child has injured themselves, it may be difficult to determine if it is a sprain or broken bone. If you are unsure, then you should always call or visit your closest pediatric urgent care for immediate help. However, there are some clear signs that your child might have a broken bone.

The Injured Limb Is Noticeably Deformed

If your child’s arm, leg, or other limb has sustained an injury, it may look deformed from a broken bone. Deformities might include the broken bone poking through the skin or the limb hanging at an odd angle. Broken bones will also cause swelling and bruising around the immediate injury and possibly the surrounding areas.

It Is Painful to Move or Touch

Though a sprained limb may be painful to move, a broken limb will be even more painful to move and cause pain if it is touched. Your child may not be able to move the limb at all or without extreme pain and difficulty. If your child has sustained an injury to the leg, then he or she will not be able to put weight on it. This may warrant a temporary wheelchair when entering the urgent care for children.

There Was an Audible Snap

It is possible to hear a noise when the injury occurred. This is a clear sign that a limb may have been broken. You or your child may have heard a snap as the bone broke. Another sign could be hearing a grinding noise during the injury. If you or your child heard a noise when the injury happened, then head to your nearest urgent care facility right away.

Broken or sprained bones should never be ignored. Please visit Pediatrics After Hours at one of our four urgent care facilities near the DFW area, if your child has sustained an injury. We host over a dozen pediatricians at our pediatric urgent care, so please call us if you have any questions. We are available at (214) 363-7242.

A Look at Eczema in Babies

Babies may develop a rash on their cheeks or scalps that looks like dry, scaly skin. Sometimes, the skin may develop red bumps that can ooze and even become infected. This is most likely eczema. While it is not typically dangerous, it can be very uncomfortable for your baby. If your baby is fussy and in need of immediate care, consider visiting your pediatric urgent care.

As seen in the video, eczema is caused by a combination of dry skin and allergies. Pediatricians have different ways of treating eczema, including topical steroids and antihistamines. It is important to keep your baby from scratching the affected areas to avoid possible infection.

When you need after-hours pediatric care, you know to call Pediatrics After Hours at (214) 363-7242. Our after-hours pediatricians can help bring your baby or child comfort at our four urgent care facilities near the DFW area.

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Labor Day Hours: Monday, Sept 5th - 10 AM - 6 PM

10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday

4:30 PM to 10:30 PM Monday

4:30 PM to 10:30 PM Tuesday

4:30 PM to 10:30 PM Wednesday

4:30 PM to 10:30 PM Thursday

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12:00 PM to 10:00 PM Saturday