5 Natural Frozen Treats You Must Try

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Popsicles, ice cream and other frozen treats are in high demand during the hot days of summer. Unfortunately, most of the frozen goods you’ll find in stores are packed with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. By making your own treats at home, you can monitor exactly what goes into them. We’ve gathered a few natural frozen treats that your child will love.

Raspberry Cheesecake Freezer Pops

Cool down with these healthy freezer pops that consist of fresh raspberries, plain Greek yogurt, lemon, vanilla extract and honey. Using plain Greek yogurt will help make the freezer pops creamy instead of icy, so the consistency will be more like frozen ice cream instead of a popsicle. This treat is so tasty your child will be begging for more!

Banana Peanut Butter Popsicles

Filled with vitamins, minerals and plenty of protein, these popsicles are the perfect snack for kids on a warm summer day. Bananas, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and mini chocolate chips make up this ice cream-like treat.

Blueberry Chia Popsicles

These popsicles are as healthy as they come and are even great to give teething babies! Simply blend frozen blueberries, avocado, a banana and almond milk, place in popsicle molds, freeze and enjoy!

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Nobody can turn down lemonade during the summer! This healthier version contains strawberries, lemon juice, small amount of cane sugar, ice, water and blueberries to garnish. Have your little one help you blend everything together and pour into glasses for a tasty treat.

Watermelon Slush

With only three ingredients, this slush beats anything you can buy at a fast food restaurant. Watermelon, lime and coconut sugar is blended then frozen to create this goodness. To make this into a slushy, you will need to scrape with a fork every hour or two to keep everything from freezing completely.

For more summer tips and up-to-date medical information, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

How to Identify Heat Injuries in Children

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Heat injuries can sneak up on children quickly and without much notice. During the summer when kids are playing outdoors for hours at a time, it’s easy for them to get overheated. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat injuries can help keep your child safe and prevent serious illness or even death.

Identifying A Heat Injury

There are several different types of heat injuries, with varying levels of severity. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat strokes are all risks your child faces when spending ample time outdoors in the hot weather.

Heat cramps: The least severe of the three, heat cramps are brief muscle spasms that happen during or after exerting energy in the heat. If your child isn’t drinking enough fluids, he or she is at risk of heat cramps.

Heat exhaustion: Slightly more severe than heat cramps is heat exhaustion. This can also occur from lack of fluids and may result in fainting, muscle cramps, weakness, nausea, headache and more.

Heat stroke: Finally, heat strokes are the most severe of the three. A heat stroke, typically caused by over-exertion in hot weather, can be life threatening if not treated promptly. If your child is experiencing a heat stroke, he or she will suffer from a severe headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, rapid breathing and possibly even loss of consciousness.

Preventing A Heat Injury

It’s essential that your child continue to drink plenty of fluids any time they will be outdoors on a hot day. You should also make sure they are wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and plenty of sunscreen. Finally, encourage your child to take breaks throughout the day, coming inside or resting in the shade regularly.

If you believe your child is suffering from a heat injury, consider seeking medical care at Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified in pediatrics and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

4 Summer Road Trip Tips

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Many people choose the summer to go on that road trip they’ve wanted to take. While road trips can be a much more affordable way to travel, there are also a number of hazards that are avoided when you fly. Before you hit the road, it’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared so you don’t end up stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Check Out Your Car

Before taking off on a road trip, it’s critical that you give your car a full check-up. Take your car to your usual mechanic so they can take a look at the following things:

  • Filter and oil levels
  • Coolant and windshield wiper fluid
  • Air filter
  • Tires, including the spare tire (also rotate if needed)
  • Belts and hoses
  • Battery and brakes
  • Transmission fluid

Map Everything Out

Don’t wait until you’re pulling out of your driveway to start navigating your trip. Plan your route before leaving (even if it’s just done on an app or Google Maps) and make sure to let someone know exactly where you’ll be driving. You should also take the time to check weather conditions and potential road closures before leaving.

Pack An Emergency Bag

Nobody likes to think about an emergency happening, but it’s smart to be prepared just in case. Fill a soft-sided bag with emergency supplies including: jumper cables, a spare tire (be sure to check the air pressure), roadside flares, first-aid kit, flashlight, tool kit and more.

Practice Safety When Driving

Before pulling out of the driveway, make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt. Any children under the age of 12 should be sitting in the backseat. Finally, if you get tired when driving, pull over to rest or switch drivers.

For more summer tips and up-to-date medical information, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

What You Need To Know About Pediatric Dehydration

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Dehydration in children can be a very scary thing. Because infants and small children can lose fluid more quickly than older children and adults, they are much more likely to suffer from dehydration. Knowing the symptoms of pediatric dehydration is key to seeking the proper medical attention quickly.

Causes Of Dehydration

Most often, fever, diarrhea, vomiting and difficulty drinking or eating (this may be caused by serious bacterial infections) are the cause of dehydration. If your child is participating in activities that are outdoors during the summer, they may become dehydrated due to increased sweating. Excessive urination, usually caused by diabetes, can also cause dehydration.

Symptoms Of Dehydration

If your child is suffering from dehydration, he or she may begin urinating less frequently. You may also noticed they become more irritable and lethargic. For infants, dehydration is often identified by a lack of tears when crying. Sunken eyes, a sunken soft spot on the front of the infant’s head and dry or sticky mucous membranes are also signs your child may be dehydrated.

Diagnosing Dehydration

If your child is suffering from dehydration symptoms, it’s important that you seek medical care immediately. A doctor will likely complete a blood culture, blood count and urinalysis to determine what’s wrong.

Treating Dehydration

In less serious instances, dehydration can be treated at home with Pedialyte and similar products that will provide your child with sugar and electrolytes. In more serious cases, your child may require professional medical treatment using an IV.

If your child is suffering from symptoms of dehydration, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified in pediatrics and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

How To Prepare Children for Pool Season

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As summer approaches, most kids become increasingly excited about jumping in the pool on a hot day. If you have a baby, toddler or preschooler, it’s important to properly prepare them for the upcoming pool days. By following the steps below at each age, your child will be ready to dive in like a pro.

Six Months Old

Test the waters when your child is young to familiarize him with the water. Begin in the bathtub or a kiddie pool so your child can confidently sit up on his own. As your infant becomes more comfortable, gently squeeze a sponge over his head so he can recognize what water on his face feels like. Slowly add in waterproof toys or play games like peekaboo so your child associates the water with fun experiences.

Toddlers

As your child gets older, take him to a family-swim period so he can see everyone having fun in a relaxed kid-friendly environment. Don’t pressure your toddler to get in the water until they’re ready. When that time comes, go into the shallow end together and hold your child under their bottom with one hand, placing the other hand around his back. As your toddler becomes more comfortable, slowly move him throughout the shallow end, constantly reassuring him.

Young Children

When your child starts to feel at home in the pool, you may consider formal lessons. As you are in the water with your child, help him practice floating, stomach down with his head to the side, outside of the water. Then, have him do the same thing on his back. You can also have your child hold onto the side of the pool and practice kicking.

For more up-to-date medical information and healthy tips, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

How To Know If Your Infant Has An Ear Infection

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There are few things worse than knowing your infant is in pain, especially when you don’t know what’s wrong. When a baby is feeling bad, he or she will likely demonstrate a change in mood and begin crying more than usual. Unfortunately, this can indicate a number of problems, including an ear infection. To determine if your child is suffering from an ear infection, there are a few telltale signs to look out for.

Symptoms Of An Ear Infection In Infants

  • Your baby is pulling, grabbing or tugging at his or her ears
  • Your baby is unable to swallow or chew or they pull away from the bottle after only a few sips
  • You notice yellow or whitish fluid draining from the ear
  • You detect an unpleasant smell coming from your child’s ear
  • Your child has difficulty sleeping or lying down

Causes Of Ear Infections

When fluid builds up in the area behind your baby’s eardrum and becomes infected, it can result in an ear infection. Typically, fluid in this area leaves quickly via the eustachian tube; however, if that tube is blocked, it can cause the fluid to get trapped. Because warm, wet places are often a breeding ground for germs, the fluid can easily get infected. Since babies have shorter eustachian tubes, they are more likely to develop an infection than adults. As your child’s body works to fight off the infection, he or she may develop a fever.

When To Seek Medical Care

As soon as you think your child may have an ear infection, you should call a doctor. A doctor will use an instrument called an otoscope to look into your baby’s ear. If the doctor believes it’s an infection, he or she may use another instrument, a pneumatic otoscope, to further assess whether the ear is actually infected.

If you believe your child is suffering from an ear infection, consider seeking medical care at Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified in pediatrics and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

5 Fun Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Activities

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Although Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico, it has become an American tradition to go all-out when celebrating May 5th. Cinco de Mayo can also be a great opportunity for you to teach your children about the traditions of other cultures. Below are five ways you can educate your children about the culture of Mexico.

Make Your Favorite Foods

Most kids love to cook. Find your kids’ favorite Mexican dishes and create them together as an ode to the holiday. Guacamole is something simple you can make with your child. You can also make tacos or enchiladas if you prefer to make an entire meal together.

Build Your Own Maracas

Traditional Mexican maracas were built using dried gourds and filled with fried beans. To make a modern-day maraca, simply use leftover smoothie containers and fill them with beans, rice, pasta or even beads. To see the full directions, click here.

Break A Piñata

Piñatas are the epitome of a Mexican celebration. Most discount and party stores sell piñatas at a reasonable price. Have your child invite over a few friends and let them take turns hitting the piñata, blindfolded. They will love when the piñata is broken and they are able to grab the candy.

Make Homemade Tortillas

Tortillas are some of the most simple foods to make. Having your child make this basic food with you is a great way to teach him or her the benefit of homemade versus store bought foods.

Learn The Vocabulary

Many kids will learn some Spanish vocabulary in school, but it is nice to review these words with them on Cinco de Mayo. Try beginning with basic terms, like “hello” and “goodbye.” Slowly incorporate numbers, colors and days of the week.

For more up-to-date medical information and healthy tips, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.