Blog Posts in 2017

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Keeping Calm While Getting Stitches

A child's enthusiasm is an amazing thing, but it can sometimes get kids into trouble. If your child falls or bumps into something sharp, an emergency pediatrician can suture the laceration to stop ...
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Is Rotavirus Serious?

Rotavirus is a highly contagious disease that causes gastroenteritis, also called the "stomach flu." Rotavirus can indeed be serious, but it's less of a problem than it used to be, since ...
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Dealing with Diarrhea

Most children do get diarrhea occasionally, and it's usually not severe enough to require a visit to the emergency pediatrician. This common health issue can be caused by foodborne illnesses, ...
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Here's Why Kids Can't Take Aspirin

Aspirin may be recommended for some adults who need flu treatment, but emergency pediatricians never recommend it for children. You'll learn why when you watch this video, which explains the link ...
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Is Tetanus Only a Problem with Rusty Nail Injuries?

Thanks to the availability of tetanus vaccinations, this condition isn't seen too often in hospitals and urgent care centers in the United States. However, it's important to be aware of the ...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a common issue seen by pediatricians and pediatric urgent care doctors. To help prevent and treat this condition in your child, read on to learn about the dos and don'ts of diaper ...
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How These Parents Deal with Asthma

If you recently had to bring your son or daughter to an urgent care center because of an asthma attack, then you may be wondering what you can do to help manage your child's condition. Watch this ...
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Can Ear Infections Cause Permanent Hearing Loss? (And Other FAQs)

Ear infections are a common childhood illness, and many kids will suffer from this type of disorder at least once. If you'd like to learn more about this common health issue, then keep reading to ...
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Hidden Hazards of Halloween: How to Keep Your Child Safe

Halloween is a fun time to be a kid, and for parents to let their inner child loose. If you’ve experienced a few Halloweens as a parent, then you probably already know about the most obvious ...
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Identifying Age-Appropriate Playground Equipment

The neighborhood playground is like the toddler version of the office watercooler. They’re useful for helping children learn social skills like taking turns and resolving conflicts. Playgrounds ...
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Dangerous Diseases in Floodwater

Hurricane season is in full swing, and these major storms have the potential to make families sick long after they're gone. Urgent care doctors warn families to limit their exposure to floodwater ...
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Why Is My Child Having Chest Pain and Is It Serious?

When an adult experiences chest pain, a quick trip to the ER usually follows. Fortunately, chest pain in pediatric patients only rarely indicates heart disease. Regardless, all cases of unusual chest ...
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How Long Does It Take for Greenstick Fractures to Heal?

With a greenstick fracture, the bone cracks but doesn't break into more than one piece. Kids are especially prone to these kinds of fractures, because their bones tend to be more flexible. ...
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Fire Safety for Preschoolers

Fire is a major danger for kids, but preschoolers may not yet fully understand the risk. That is the reason it's important for your family to have a fire safety plan that your preschooler can ...
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Essential Steps to Take After a Head Injury

Head injuries in kids are unpredictable, so it's important to seek pediatric urgent care right away, even if your child says that he or she feels fine. Watch this video for more advice on what to ...
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Common Trampoline Injuries and Their Prevention

A trampoline can be a fun and exciting way for your kids to stay fit, but of course, they can also lead to injuries. If your child experiences an injury while on the trampoline, bring him or her to a ...
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How Can Raw Flour Make Kids Sick?

The danger of contracting foodborne illnesses from raw eggs is why parents warn their kids not to eat unbaked cookie dough. Even raw cookie dough made vegan-style also poses a threat, as raw flour can ...
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Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments for Pediatric Roseola

Roseola, also known as sixth disease or roseola infantum, is a common infection that children usually contract by age two. It's caused by two strains of the herpes virus, and it usually ...
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Is Your Child at Risk of Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a bacterial infection that can cause mild symptoms in adults and very severe symptoms in young children. Your child should see an emergency pediatrician right away if ...
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Get the Answers to Your Questions About Heat Exhaustion in Kids

Children are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses than the average adult. They're also less likely to respond appropriately to thirst, overexertion, and hot temperatures. However, every ...
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The Mumps Resurgence: How You Can Protect Your Child

Across the country, mumps has made a comeback, and Texas has seen outbreaks occur. Many of the people who have gotten mumps have been vaccinated, as the protection the vaccine provides lessens over ...
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Keeping Your Child Safe From Foodborne Illnesses

Foodborne illnesses, also sometimes called food poisoning, occur when you eat something that is contaminated, usually with bacteria. This exposure can cause severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and ...
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Help Your Child Stay Calm During an X-Ray

X-rays are an important diagnostic tool, but for kids, they can often be scary. If your child is receiving pediatric urgent care and needs an X-ray, watch this video for help explaining the process, ...
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What Parents Need to Know About the Zika Virus

The Zika virus caused international panic in 2015 and 2016, after a major outbreak and the realization that it can cause serious birth defects. Although the spread of Zika has largely been contained, ...
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Post-Operative Complications in Children

After your child has surgery, the surgeon or nurse will give you a list of potential complications to watch out for. Some of these might require a call to the hospital, while others may require a ...
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