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    Baby Wipes Recall - NBC 5 News Featuring Dr. Russ McDonald of Pediatrics After Hours

    Last updated 2 days 3 hours ago

    "A recall of baby wipes because of a possible bacterial contamination that can make kids sick has expanded to include ten brands sold online and in stores across the country."

    NBC 5 interviewed Dr. Russ McDonald, medical director of Pediatrics After Hours, who said "those at risk are children with weakened immune systems."

    Read more from Dr. McDonald and NBC 5 here.

    An Overview of Childhood Asthma

    Last updated 2 days 23 hours ago

    Children with asthma suffer from inflammation of the lungs and airways. While mild symptoms can occur on a daily basis, some children also suffer from asthma attacks, or episodes of potentially life-threatening symptoms. An asthma attack requires urgent pediatric care. The triggers of asthma attacks can include viral infections and tobacco smoke. Some children are also sensitive to common allergens such as dust mites and airborne pollen.

    You can learn more about childhood asthma by watching this video. You’ll hear from a few doctors about the basics of asthma, including how to manage it properly. You’ll also hear from families affected by childhood asthma.

    If your child requires urgent pediatric care after your pediatrician’s usual office hours, turn to the caring team at Pediatrics After Hours. You can reach our locations in Dallas, Plano, or Garland by calling (214) 363-7242.

    When a Childhood Cold Requires Medical Attention

    Last updated 9 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 17 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 21 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.

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