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

Signs Your Child Needs Urgent Care for Dehydration

Dehydration can cause serious health complications in kids when it is not treated aggressively. In the early stages, dehydration can often by treated effectively at home by providing fluids and electrolyte solutions. However, home remedies are not helpful, your child may need urgent care in an emergency pediatrics clinic. If your child has these dehydration symptoms, consider seeking urgent care for him or her.

Reduced Urination

A very common sign of dehydration is decreased urination, even when you increase your child’s fluids. For infants, this means less than six wet diapers in a day. For a toddler, it means no wet diapers for eight hours. For older children, this can simply mean a change in typical habits. Reduced urination means that your child’s body is trying to hold on to fluids, but this can cause waste to build up in the kidneys and throw off the balance of electrolytes. If you notice these urination changes, consider taking your child to a pediatric urgent care clinic for evaluation.

No Tears

When your child is dehydrated, he or she may be unable to produce tears. This is another indication that your child’s body is trying to conserve fluids. In addition to a lack of tears, your child’s eyes may look sunken, and the skin may appear dry and wrinkled. For infants, the soft spot on the head may sink in as well.

Lethargy

Severe dehydration can lead to lethargy, as electrolytes become imbalanced and the body has to work harder. Breathing may also become rapid. Lethargy can be an indicator that the dehydration has become severe and that an emergency pediatrician should examine your child.

Pediatric After Hours offer has four locations providing pediatric urgent care across the DFW area. Whether you need emergency treatment for dehydration or burns, or need after-hours pediatrics services, like sports physicals, we’re here to help. Call us at (214) 363-7242 for more information.

Teaching Kids to Stay Safe at Summer Camp

Summer camp is a rite of passage for many children, and camps are enjoyed safely by millions of kids every year. However, it is important to prepare your child for camp appropriately to avoid any pediatric urgent care visits that derail the camp experience. Watch this video to learn more.

Before camp, take your child for a physical to ensure that he or she is up to date on immunizations and doesn’t have any conditions that could interfere with his or her ability to enjoy camp safely. Teach your kids about potential dangers, from poison ivy to insect bites, so that they know how to protect themselves.

At Pediatric After Hours, we offer convenient pediatric urgent care and after-hours pediatric care, including physicals, to fit your schedule. Find out more about our urgent care in the DFW area by calling (214) 363-7242.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

By: Dr. McDonald

Mosquito-borne diseases are those spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Diseases that are spread to people by mosquitoes include Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria.

Parents should protect themselves and their children from diseases spread by mosquitoes. Although most people do not become sick after a bite from an infected mosquito, some people have a mild, short-term illness or (rarely) severe or long-term illness. Severe cases of mosquito-borne diseases can cause death.

Individuals are at risk when they are outside when mosquitoes are biting, especially after dusk and before dawn. Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Families should decrease mosquito populations at home by emptying buckets, bottles, and barrels that collect water and placing drain holes in containers that collect water and cannot be discarded.

Families can keep mosquitoes out of the house by ensuring that doors and windows have screens and are kept closed when possible.

Using EPA-registered insect repellents on exposed skin and clothing and by wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts minimizes the risk of being bitten.

CDC recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing. Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. Permethrin is a repellent and insecticide. Certain products containing permethrin are recommended for use on clothing, shoes, bed nets, and camping gear. Permethrin-treated products repel and kill ticks, mosquitoes, and other arthropods. These products continue to repel and kill insects after several washings. Permethrin should be reapplied following the label instructions

Repellents containing a higher percentage of the active ingredient typically provide longer-lasting protection. Regardless of what product you use, if you start to get mosquito bites, reapply the repellent according to the label instructions.

Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label). Do not apply repellents under your clothing. Never use repellents over cuts, wounds or irritated skin. Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using repellent sprays, do not spray directly on your face—spray on your hands first and then apply to your face. Most products can be used on children. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not to be used on children under the age of three years. EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for using registered repellents on children other than those listed above.

Do not allow children to handle or spray the product. When using on children, apply to your own hands first and then put it on the child. Avoid applying repellent to children’s hands because children frequently put their hands in their eyes and mouths. Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Heavy application does not give you better or longer lasting protection.

After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe. This is particularly important when repellents are used repeatedly in a day or on consecutive days.

If you (or your child) get a rash or other reaction from a repellent, stop using the repellent, wash the repellent off with mild soap and water, and call a local poison control center for further guidance. If you go to a doctor, it might be helpful to take the repellent with you.

Do Kids Need Medical Care After a Bee Sting?

Bee stings can be scary for kids, but in most cases, they are not dangerous. However, some children do need urgent care after being stung, particularly if they have an allergy. Keep in mind that anaphylaxis, a severe type of allergic reaction, is life-threatening. Call 911 or go to the emergency room if your child has symptoms of anaphylaxis, like difficulty breathing. Here are some signs that your child should be seen at a pediatric urgent care center after a bee sting.

Multiple Stings

Even if your child does not have a bee sting allergy, receiving multiple stings at once can cause complications. Bees inject venom when they sting, so being exposed to venom from multiple stings at once can make your child ill. Generally, for younger kids, this means more than five stings for every 10 pounds of weight. For teens, this number is more than 50 stings. However, these numbers are guidelines only. Pay attention to your child’s symptoms regardless of the number of stings they received.

Hives

Hives are a sign of an allergic reaction, and in some cases, they can indicate that anaphylactic shock may occur. Seek urgent care as soon as hives appear after a bee sting. Although they may not be serious, it is important for a pediatric specialist to evaluate them and determine if a more serious reaction could be coming.

Eye or Mouth Stings

Sometimes, the location of a sting is enough to require medical care. If your child is stung on the eye or in the mouth, seek urgent care. These stings can be more serious than stings in other areas, so they should be evaluated. This is especially true if any portion of the stinger remains in place.

At Pediatrics After Hours, we offer emergency pediatric care in the DFW area, with four locations to serve you. When your child needs urgent care or pediatric treatment after hours, visit one of our clinics or call (214) 363-7242.

What Causes Strep Throat?

A severe sore throat is a common reason for people to seek urgent care treatment. Strep throat is caused by streptococcal bacteria, which infects the cells of your pharynx and tonsils. For most people, the infection causes inflammation and a severe and sudden sore throat without coughing or sneezing. Other symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, red spots on the roof of the mouth, and yellow or white spots on the throat and tonsils.

Strep throat can spread person to person when an infected individual sneezes, coughs or breathes, and a healthy person inhales airborne droplets that contain the strep bacteria. The best way to prevent yourself from catching strep throat is to avoid close contact with people who are infected. Additionally, staying well-rested and reducing your stress levels can strengthen your body’s natural defenses against this unpleasant illness.

Pediatrics After Hours provides after hours pediatrician services and emergency pediatrics near the DFW area. Call us today at (214) 363-7242 to schedule an appointment or to learn about our ER for kids locations in Dallas, Garland, Plano, and Arlington.

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