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    Labor Day Hours

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Just a reminder that for Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014, our hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and we will be returning to normal hours on Tuesday. 

    Preparing for an Allergy Emergency

    Last updated 6 days ago

    An allergic reaction occurs when the body perceives harmless particles as harmful pathogens, triggering the body’s autoimmune response. Though most allergic reactions result in little more than minor discomfort, some reactions lead to difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, and serious swelling. As a parent, it’s your duty to identify when your child is having an allergy emergency and make sure she receives the proper treatment. Your child’s pediatrician will likely recommend that you take the following steps to prepare for an emergency. 

    Identify Common Symptoms

    A severe allergic reaction, also known as anaphylaxis, is usually fairly easy to identify. After your child is stung by a bee or eats a certain food item, you will likely notice that she has difficulty breathing. Her heartbeat may increase, parts of her face may start to swell, and she will likely feel nauseous and vomit. Identifying all the symptoms associated with your child’s allergy is important for recognizing a serious reaction.

    Keep an Epinephrine Injector Handy

    If your child is having a severe allergic reaction for the first time, take her to the emergency room or pediatric urgent care center as quickly as possible. Afterward, have her doctor prescribe an epinephrine injector and make sure it’s available at all times. Epinephrine is a special treatment that relaxes the muscles during a severe allergic reaction.

    Learn Proper Injection Protocol

    Carefully read the epinephrine manufacturer’s directions regarding proper storage, and be sure to replace the injectors when they expire. It’s also important that you know how to use the epinephrine injector—you should practice using it so you know what to do when a real emergency strikes. You might consider asking your child’s pediatrician to demonstrate.

    With the right pediatrician and the right level of preparation, you can save your child’s life in the event of a serious allergic reaction. Call Pediatric After Hours at (214) 363-7242 to set up an appointment and learn more about anaphylaxis. We have pediatric facilities in Dallas, Plano, and Garland. 

    How Doctors Assess Levels of Pain in Children

    Last updated 13 days ago

    If your child is suffering pain, it may feel like you’re in pain as well. For a doctor to provide effective treatment, it’s important for him to determine precisely how much pain your child is in. Since many young children either overreact to injuries or have trouble articulating their feelings, assessing pain can be difficult.

    Doctors often ask children to rate their pain on a scale from 1-10, or to point to a picture that best describes their pain. If the child can’t speak, the doctor will determine the child’s level of pain by examining his or her motor responses and behavior patterns. Another way to assess pain is to measure the child’s blood pressure and pulse and make note of changes.

    If you suspect that your child is suffering pain beyond that of a simple boo-boo, bring him or her to Pediatric After Hours. You can call us at (214) 363-7242 to set up an appointment or visit one of our locations for pediatric urgent care. We have pediatric offices in Dallas, Garland, and Plano. 

    Common Questions about Children and Colds

    Last updated 20 days ago

    As a parent, you probably get somewhat nervous every time your child comes down with any sort of ailment. While it’s important to be vigilant about your child’s health, you should keep in mind that colds are usually harmless. Below are the answers to common questions about colds. If your child has cold symptoms for more than a couple weeks, or if he has a fever of more than 102 degrees, consider taking him to see a pediatrician. 

     How many colds do young children get?

    It’s easy for parents to feel alarmed when their children start coughing and sniffling—especially if it happens fairly often. However, getting colds is just a part of childhood. Children have relatively new immune systems, and are thus more susceptible to colds than adults. Most children have between eight and ten colds during their first two years.

    How are colds treated?

    Though it may be difficult, the best way to treat a cold is to let it run its course. Once your child shows classic cold symptoms—such as coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose—make sure he or she drinks plenty of water and gets plenty of rest. You might give your child an Ibuprofen if he or she feels uncomfortable. Take your child to a pediatrician if he or she has difficulty breathing, suffers ear pain, or has a cough that lasts for more than one week.

    What’s the best way to prevent colds?

    The best way to protect your child from colds is to keep him or her away from infected children. It’s a good idea to teach your child to cough and sneeze into his or her arm. Proper and frequent hand washing can also help prevent your child from spreading colds to others.

    The pediatricians at Pediatrics After Hours have the experience, skill, and bedside manner necessary to successfully treat your child. We’ve been helping children recover from all kids of illnesses since 2007. Call our Dallas pediatric office at (214) 363-7242 to speak with a representative. 

    What Is Mononucleosis?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Has your child been battling a sore throat? Does he complain of fatigue or fever? If his symptoms do not dissipate on their own after a few days, your child might be exhibiting the signs of mononucleosis. This condition, which can pass through bodily fluids, often affects children and teens.

    Mono is a virus. However, unlike other viruses that quickly make their presence known, mono can take up to a month to manifest symptoms in sufferers. As a result, it can become difficult to identify the point of transmission if your child is diagnosed with this condition. Because the virus spreads through bodily fluids, saliva passed via a sneeze, kiss, or cough may be to blame for your child’s mono infection.

    Warning Signs
    Some parents might initially consider their children’s symptoms to be the signs of a cold. Yet while a cold may clear up in a matter of days, mono can last for several weeks. Given that it can lead to serious side effects such as spleen enlargement, parents should not wait to seek medical assistance should their children exhibit warning signs for more than a few days. Though symptoms can be diverse, many children with mono become excessively tired, suffer from headaches, experience high fevers, and display skin rashes.

    A pediatrician can make a definitive diagnosis of mono through blood work and an examination. No prescription drugs are currently available that can immediately rid mono from the body, but a combination of over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes can speed the healing process. If your child is normally active, he must refrain from his usual pastimes for a few weeks. Contact sports also increase the risk of spleen rupture, increasing the importance of long-term rest. The intake of fluids can also alleviate the throat discomfort that can accompany this condition.

    Do you have more questions about mono? The medical professionals at Pediatrics After Hours are here to help. We offer mono treatment at each of our Plano, Garland, and Dallas locations. To schedule an appointment, call (214) 363-7242.

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