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's Sunburn Requires Urgent Care

Children are at a higher risk of suffering from sunburn compared to adults because their skin is much more sensitive. Although all children need to be properly protected from sun exposure, children with pale skin, fair hair, and green or blue eyes are particularly susceptible to sunburn. Sometimes, sunburn is severe enough to require urgent care at an urgent care for kids.

When to Seek Urgent Care

If your child is younger than 12 months, he or she should see an after hours pediatrician promptly for sunburn, regardless of how minor the sunburn may appear to be. If your child is one year old or older, mild sunburn is not likely to require medical attention. However, regardless of age, your child should go to an urgent care facility if he or she develops blistering skin within 24 hours, swelling on the face or hands, or signs of an infection. Headache, fever, chills, and pain are other indicators that urgent care is needed. Some children may vomit, complain of lightheadedness, or faint.

How to Comfort Your Child

The emergency pediatrician may recommend administering children’s ibuprofen if he or she is at least six months old and in pain. However, it’s advisable to avoid administering any over-the-counter drugs unless they are recommended by a doctor. Keep your child indoors or in the shade until the sunburn is fully healed. Run a cool bath for your child with an oatmeal-based bath gel. Use a very soft towel to gently pat your child dry, apply aloe vera gel to soothe the skin, and dress him or her in soft, loose clothing.

How to Prevent Future Sunburn

Sunburn during childhood has been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer in adulthood. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 about a half hour before your child goes outdoors. Reapply the sunscreen as often as indicated on the product label. Sunscreen is necessary even on cloudy days and during cool weather. It’s also a good idea to encourage your child to wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

For all of your child’s urgent care needs, the emergency pediatricians of Pediatrics After Hours are available seven days per week with extended hours. Our urgent care facility near Dallas provides burn treatment, wound treatment, and pain management. Call us at (214) 613-1900 or visit our website to view our hours and locations.

A Look at Summer Colds in Kids

Although colds are typically associated with the winter months, it is possible to contract them all year long. Children are particularly vulnerable to summer colds caused by rhinoviruses, ECHO virus, and Coxsackievirus. Usually, cold symptoms aren’t severe enough to warrant a trip to pediatric urgent care. However, your child may need medical attention if his or her symptoms are persistent or become worse.

Identifying the Symptoms

It can be difficult to determine whether your child has a summer cold or allergies. Both of these conditions can result in symptoms such as a sore throat, headache, congestion, and post-nasal drip. Both of them can also cause coughing, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and fatigue. However, colds may involve body aches and pains, while allergies do not. Allergies won’t cause a fever; however, some children with colds may develop one. Some children with colds may suffer from diarrhea and vomiting.

Understanding Product Safety

If your pediatrician’s office isn’t open and you’re unsure of what cold medicines to give your child, you could consult an emergency pediatrician. Pediatricians generally recommend that parents avoid giving children under the age of four any type of cough or cold medicine. Given these safety restrictions, it can be hard for parents to know what they can give to children to improve their symptoms. It’s generally best to consult a pediatrician before administering any over-the-counter drugs or herbal remedies.

Using Home Remedies

Although cold medicine may be risky for young children, you can help your child feel better. Run a humidifier in his or her bedroom and encourage lots of naps. Give your child plenty of fluids. Children with sore throats may appreciate frozen yogurt or ice cream.

You can rely on the team at Pediatrics After Hours if your child suffers from severe or persistent cold symptoms and you can’t wait for an appointment with his or her regular pediatrician. Our urgent care for kids in Dallas provides a wide range of healthcare services, including wound treatment, strep throat treatment, and cold treatment. Call (214) 613-1900 or visit our ER for kids on the Web.

Coping with Your Child's Fever

Fever is a common symptom in a number of medical conditions—especially in children. If your child is running a fever, you may feel worried, but it is important to remember that fever is the body’s method of fighting off infection.

This video explains that fever reducing medications are often not recommended by pediatricians, so rest is typically the best method for handling your child’s fever. If the fever does not break after about a day, or it is a high fever, a trip to the urgent care clinic may be necessary. Fever should also be taken more seriously in infants and young children.

To find the care your child needs for fever and other common signs of infection when your pediatrician is not available, head to Pediatrics After Hours at one of four Dallas-area locations. You can reach us on our website or by calling us at (214) 363-7242.

What to Expect During Your Child's Chest X-Ray

A chest X-ray is a non-invasive procedure that can take pictures of the bones, organs, and other tissues of the chest to facilitate the diagnosis of asthma, pneumonia, lung injuries, broken ribs, or congenital heart problems. If your child needs a chest X-ray, you can ensure that the procedure goes smoothly by explaining what the test is and why it is performed. This article will explore the details of chest X-rays so that you can provide reassurance to your child if he or she needs this exam.

The procedure

Typically a chest X-ray will take about 15 minutes from start to finish, though the actual radiation exposure is limited to about half a second. Most of the time required is for proper positioning. Your child may be seated, standing, or lying down, depending on the specific reason for the X-ray. Staying still for the test might be uncomfortable, but the X-ray itself is not painful. Younger kids may need to be restrained for the X-ray to ensure the clearest possible images.

Test results

Once the X-ray images are ready, a specially trained radiologist will interpret the results and share them with the pediatrician. Typically, results are not immediately available following the test unless there is an emergency situation at hand. The PAH physician or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner will do the initial interpretation, and let you know the initial results, and the radiologist will review within 24 hours. You will be called with the radiologist reading the next day.

X-ray risks

Some parents are concerned about X-ray procedures for their children because of the radiation exposure involved in the test. However, radiology technicians work to minimize the dose of radiation involved in the test so that it is as safe as possible. The technician may also spend extra time helping your child get into the right position so that the test does not need to be repeated.

To provide our patients with the most comprehensive care outside of normal pediatrician hours, Pediatrics After Hours offers full X-ray services of the chest and extremities in addition to an onsite lab for rapid diagnoses. We will work with your child’s primary physician to share the results of our tests so that follow-up care is more convenient for you. To learn more about our pediatric urgent care services in the Dallas area, call us at (214) 363-7242.

Recognizing the Signs of an Asthma Attack in Your Child

If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, it’s a good idea to learn the location of the nearest pediatric urgent care in case of an asthma attack. If your child uses a peak flow meter, he or she may have low peak expiratory flow (PEF) readings. He or she may complain of chest tightness or pain. Your child may also have wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Severe asthma attacks can cause significant difficulty breathing. This requires immediate medical care.

You can hear more about recognizing the warning signs of an asthma attack by watching this interview with a doctor. He also explains that people with asthma tend to cough frequently due to the inflammation in their airways.

If your child has severe asthma symptoms, you can turn to Pediatrics After Hours for help. Our emergency pediatricians can assist your family when your regular pediatrician’s office is closed. We have four convenient locations around DFW. Call us at (214) 919-3170 for more information.

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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