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    Causes of Pink Eye

    Last updated 6 days ago

    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. 

    Exploring Kids' Flu Symptoms

    Last updated 13 days ago

    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

    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.

    Extreme Fatigue

    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. 

    When Should You Be Concerned about Your Child's Fever?

    Last updated 20 days 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.

    Caring for a Child with Chicken Pox

    Last updated 1 month 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. 

    Exploring Common Causes of Diarrhea in Kids

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Diarrhea is a frequent issue for kids. It’s more common in children than in adults because kids’ systems are less able to fight off infections. Because children are at risk of dangerous dehydration when they have diarrhea, seeking urgent pediatric care might be necessary. Here’s a look at some of the most common reasons why kids experience diarrhea. 

    Infections

    Many different types of infections can cause diarrhea in kids, but viruses are the most common culprits. With viral gastroenteritis, your child may experience symptoms for anywhere from five to 14 days, which leaves them extremely vulnerable to dehydration. A pediatrician can help you manage your child’s fluid levels to prevent dangerous complications.

    Medications

    Some types of medications can cause gastrointestinal symptoms in children, including diarrhea. Antibiotics and laxatives are the most likely to cause issues. Although it may be tempting to discontinue the medications because of the side effect, don’t make any changes without first speaking to a pediatrician. Treat mild diarrhea with liquids to avoid dehydration and talk to the doctor. A pediatrician may decide to switch your child to a different medication, or he or she may determine that the benefits of the medication outweigh this side effect.

    Food Poisoning

    In children, diarrhea associated with food poisoning usually comes on very quickly and may be accompanied by vomiting. This type of diarrhea is usually short-lived—it typically clears up within 24 hours. Most cases of food poisoning diarrhea can be treated at home by providing fluids, but seek urgent pediatric care if it is severe or if you think your child is becoming dehydrated.

    At Pediatrics After Hours in Dallas, we provide pediatric care outside of standard business hours. Our caring pediatricians can respond to a range of urgent pediatric health needs. Find out more about our services by calling (214) 363-7242. 



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