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.

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

What Are the Early Warning Signs of an Asthma Attack?

If your child has asthma, you will want to work closely with his or her primary pediatrician to manage symptoms and reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. It is also important to have a plan of action for minimizing the impact of attacks when they occur. Recognizing the early signs of an asthma attack will be helpful in reducing the severity of the episode and the need to visit urgent care, since early intervention with fast-acting rescue medication and a visit to the doctor’s office can keep symptoms in check and allow your child to breathe easier. Below you can see some of the most common early signs of an asthma attack that you should address with an asthma action plan designed by your pediatrician.

Low PEF numbers

PEF, or peak expiratory flow, is measured with a peak flow meter, which is a portable device that your doctor may recommend for your child with moderate to severe asthma. Your child might use a peak flow meter regularly to measure his or her lung function and recognize when an asthma attack may be taking place, making it easier to handle the attack.


Because the airways become swollen and begin to produce thicker mucus, your child may begin coughing frequently, particularly at night, since lying down to sleep may further restrict airflow. In fact, many children will have trouble sleeping when an asthma attack is coming on.

Shortness of breath

It is not uncommon for asthma attacks to occur following exercise, so your child should be careful not to overexert his or herself during physical activity. Loss of breath or exceptional difficulty breathing after exercise may be the first sign that a rescue inhaler is needed.

When your child’s asthma does not wait for your pediatrician’s regular hours, you can find immediate pediatric urgent care in the DFW area with extended hours at Pediatrics After Hours. To contact us about after hours pediatric care for your child’s urgent care needs, call (214) 363-7242 on evenings and weekends.

What Is Croup?

During childhood, there are a number of common respiratory infections that can cause symptoms like coughing, runny nose, and wheezing. Croup is a viral infection that occurs frequently in children, and it is characterized by a distinctive cough that sounds like the bark of a dog or seal. This cough, along with shortness of breath and sore throat, is caused by inflammation of the tissue surrounding the larynx, or voice box. Your child may need pediatric urgent care services.

Generally, the infection will last about 5-6 days, and it is often treatable at home. However, you should look out for symptoms like high fever and drooling, which will indicate a more serious infection that should be treated with immediate medical care at an ER for kids.

If your child does need to see a doctor for respiratory illness or other common ailments, you can count on Pediatrics After Hours to be there when care cannot wait for the next day. Our practice is exclusively dedicated to pediatric urgent care with evening and weekend hours to be sure that your child always has the care she needs when she needs it most. While no appointments are needed in our urgent care near the DFW area, you can reach us at (214) 363-7242.

How Is Flu Treated?

The flu is a serious infection that can cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweats, chills, and a fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit. You can protect your child from influenza by following pediatrician recommendations and having your child get an annual flu shot. If your child does contract influenza, you can take him or her to urgent care for an evaluation by an after hours pediatrician. In some cases, a pediatrician may prescribe antiviral medications, which can ease the symptoms of the flu and shorten its duration. However, these medications are most effective when used within two days of the onset of symptoms.

Depending on your child’s age, taking cold medicines may also help him or her feel better. However, it’s crucial to avoid giving your child any over-the-counter drugs without first consulting a pediatrician – especially if your child is younger than six. Other options include placing a humidifier in your child’s room, using a bulb syringe to clear away mucus from the nose, and encouraging your child to drink plenty of fluids.

Pediatrics After Hours provides a full range of after hours pediatric care, including flu treatment in Dallas. No appointment is necessary for pediatric care; however, you may reach our offices at (214) 363-7242.

How to Reduce Your Child's Risk of Asthma Attacks

Asthma is a common medical condition among children and adolescents. The goal of asthma treatment is to keep the symptoms under control and reduce the risk of flare-ups, also known as asthma attacks. You can consult your child’s pediatrician to learn about managing his or her asthma symptoms and preventing asthma attacks. If your child does suffer from an asthma attack, you can bring him or her to an after hours pediatrician for immediate care.

Avoid Exposure to Cigarette Smoke

Secondhand smoke is one of the most common triggers of asthma attacks. Many smokers restrict themselves to only smoking outside or in a different room away from children. However, this isn’t sufficient to prevent others from being exposed to secondhand smoke. Tobacco smoke can easily drift into a house when the smoker returns from being outside. It also clings to clothing and hair, which children can then inhale. This lingering residue has recently been dubbed “third-hand smoke.” The only way to ensure a smoke-free environment at home is to have every smoker in the household kick the habit.

Dust Your Child’s Room Regularly

Asthma symptoms are often triggered by allergies, such as allergies to dust mites. If your child has dust mite allergy, or you suspect it, arrange for your child to be elsewhere when you dust his or her room and the rest of the house. Use a damp cloth or furniture polish for dusting. It’s also advisable to remove carpets and choose wood flooring instead. At least once per week, wash your child’s bedding and stuffed animals in hot water. Other ways to cut down on dust in the home include using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, running a dehumidifier, and changing furnace filters regularly.

Reduce the Risk of Infections

Respiratory infections such as colds and the flu can make your child’s asthma symptoms worse. Reduce the risk of infections by teaching your child to wash his or her hands thoroughly and frequently throughout the day. Remind your child to avoid sharing eating utensils and beverages with others.

Pediatrics After Hours provides emergency pediatrics near Dallas, including care for children with asthma attacks, strep throat, sports injuries, and more. If your child has developed an asthma attack, follow his or her emergency treatment plan and then go to urgent care right away. You can direct your questions about our after hours pediatric care to (214) 363-7242.

Common Causes of Sore Throats in Kids

Since children’s immune systems are still developing, they’re especially prone to contracting infections, such as those that cause sore throats. Most often, an emergency pediatrician will determine that a sore throat is caused by a viral infection. A viral infection may also cause a fever. Although antibiotics cannot treat viral infections, children typically begin to feel better within a week to 10 days.

To hear more about the common causes of sore throats, you can consult an after hours pediatrician and watch this brief video. It features a physician who explains the differences between viral and bacterial infections, including which symptoms may develop. He also discusses sore throats caused by mononucleosis, which typically affects older children.

If your little one has developed a sore throat near Dallas, you can count on the urgent care team of Pediatrics After Hours to help him or her feel better quickly. For compassionate after hours pediatric care, visit one of our convenient locations or call (214) 363-7242.

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