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

Memorial Day 2015 Hours

Pediatrics After Hours will be open noon to 8 p.m. on Memorial Day.

What to Do If Your Child Has a Broken Bone

Broken bones are common among children, particularly those who enjoy playing sports. The first step in helping your child is to identify the signs of a possible broken bone. If your child is in pain and the injured area appears swollen or deformed, he or she should be taken to urgent care immediately. Fractures can also make it painful for your child to move the affected body part or place weight on it.

Responding to Open Fractures

If your child has suffered a broken bone, your response will vary depending on whether it is an open or closed fracture. With an open fracture, the wound penetrates down to the bone or bone fragments protrude through the skin. Call 911 immediately and do not try to move your child. Do not try to cleanse the wound or to push bone fragments back in. Instead, you’ll need to apply a clean cloth to the area while you wait for emergency medical help. Keeping pressure on the wound can slow the bleeding.

Stabilizing the Injury

If your child has suffered a less severe fracture, you can stabilize the injury to help your child feel more comfortable on the way to urgent care. First, remove clothing on the injured body part. However, do not force a body part through clothing; rather, cut the clothing off. Wrap an ice pack in a clean towel and apply it to the area. You can also create a splint to immobilize the limb. Wrap something soft around the limb, such as a clean cloth. Then, place a long, firm object such as a rolled-up newspaper next to the limb. It should be long enough to extend past the injury in both directions. Use first aid tape to keep the makeshift splint in place. Then, you can help your child into the car and bring him or her to urgent care.

Pediatrics After Hours, an urgent care facility with locations in Dallas, Arlington, Plano and Garland, provides evaluation of broken bones, along with splinting and stabilization. If your child has an open fracture or the injury appears very serious, you should call 911 promptly. Otherwise, you can call our urgent care facility at (214) 919-3170 and bring your child to our caring pediatricians for rapid treatment.

Signs of an Asthma Attack

If your child has asthma, you can work with his or her pediatrician to develop an effective treatment plan, which should include guidelines to follow in the event of an asthma attack. Typically, when an asthma attack occurs, children will need to use a rescue inhaler and then see an emergency pediatrician promptly. To facilitate a quick response to your child’s asthma attack, it’s necessary to know how to identify the symptoms.

Coughing is often the first indicator that a child is suffering from an asthma attack. Parents may also notice a wheezing or whistling sound with respiration. With a moderate asthma attack, children may have shortness of breath even when at rest, have trouble speaking more than a few words at a time, and have difficulty lying down. A severe asthma attack causes significant shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. These are all signs that your child should be seen by an emergency pediatrician as soon as possible. However, in some cases, you’ll need to call 911. Your child will need an ambulance if he or she has passed out, has bluish lips, struggles to take a breath, or makes grunting noises when taking a breath.

At Pediatrics After Hours, our pediatricians near Dallas are available to provide urgent pediatric care when your usual pediatrician’s office is closed. Although no appointment is necessary, parents can call our urgent care facility at (469) 729-4672.

What Are the Symptoms of Mono?

Mononucleosis, or mono, is an infectious disease that is passed on via saliva. Young children can acquire the infection by sharing eating utensils, mouthing on objects, or getting a smooch from someone who has mono. Mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is quite prevalent. If you suspect your child might have mono or another type of infection, you can turn to a clinic for pediatric urgent care for an accurate diagnosis.

Symptoms in Toddlers

Typically, a person who contracts the virus will begin to develop symptoms four to six weeks after exposure. Infants and very young children who contract the virus may not display any symptoms at all. Or, the symptoms may be very mild and easily mistaken for the common cold. For example, parents might notice a skin rash, swollen glands, and fever. The toddler might complain of a sore throat. A mono test at urgent care can determine if these symptoms are caused by mono or a cold.

Symptoms in Older Children

Older children with mono are also likely to complain of a sore throat. Additionally, their symptoms will typically include unusual fatigue, excessive weakness, headache, and loss of appetite. A pediatrician will need to palpate the spleen to determine whether it is swollen.

Complications of Mono

Mono itself is not life-threatening, although it can significantly interfere with day-to-day routines, particularly when symptoms persist for months. Rarely, however, complications can develop. A ruptured spleen is a medical emergency that requires a trip to the ER. Some of the other potential complications of mono include swollen tonsils, jaundice, and liver inflammation. Occasionally, mono might adversely affect the heart and central nervous system.

Pediatrics After Hours, an urgent care facility near Dallas, provides a range of diagnostic services at our on-site lab, including the mononucleosis test. When your little one isn’t feeling well, you can trust in our team of compassionate pediatricians to provide comprehensive care within a comforting, child-friendly environment. For a list of our convenient locations, visit us online or call (469) 729-4672.

Dallas Patient Special

Pediatrics After Hours is giving away reusable bags to all our Dallas patients. Simply come in for your free reusable bag to avoid a 5-cent charge the next time you're at the store. Even if you are not a patient, we invite you to come in for a free bag.

For more information about our Dallas location, visit our website or give us a call at (214) 363-7242.

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Hours of Operation

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

4:30 PM to 10:30 PM Friday

12:00 PM to 10:00 PM Saturday