Diagnosing a Food Allergy in Children

Allergy foodOne in every 13 children suffers from a food allergy. In fact, between 1997 and 2011, children’s food allergies increased an estimated 50 percent. With these staggering statistics, it’s important to know the symptoms of a food allergy, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated.

Symptoms

Because children often can’t communicate exactly what they’re experiencing, it’s crucial to keep an eye on your child any time they try a new food for the first time. Mild symptoms of a food allergy include hives, sneezing, diarrhea, eczema and stomach pains. More severe symptoms include swelling of the lips, tongue, and/or throat, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, shortness of breath and loss of consciousness. Symptoms can occur within minutes to several hours after the food is eaten.

Diagnosis

If you suspect your child is suffering from a food allergy, it’s important to take him or her to a doctor as soon as possible to rule out any other illness or food disorders. As soon as a doctor has confirmed it is a food allergy, you will be referred to a board-certified allergist who can determine exactly what the allergy is. An allergist will conduct a number of tests, which may include a skin prick test, blood test, oral food challenge and trial elimination diet, to properly diagnose the food allergy.

Treatment

If your child is diagnosed with a food allergy, there are a number of ways to begin treating it. First and foremost, avoid feeding your child the problem food. If your child does eat the problem food and suffers mild symptoms, antihistamines and topical steroids can help. Children who are at risk of severe symptoms will be prescribed epinephrine, the only medication that can reverse the symptoms. This medication should be carried at all times and only used at the first sign of an allergic reaction.

If you’re concerned your child may be suffering from a food allergy, visit your local Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.

Top 3 Benefits of a Children’s Urgent Care Clinic

Pediatrician doctor examining little girl.

Children are full of energy and always adventurous. Because of this, they are also accident prone. When your child gets injured or sick, getting medical attention immediately is crucial.

Unlike most other urgent care facilities, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is designed exclusively to meet the needs of children. With six locations around the DFW area, our facilities are open weekdays from 4 pm to 11 pm and weekends from 11:30 am to 8 pm to provide you with after-hour medical services when you need them most. And, because our urgent care facility is a sister to Medical City Children’s Hospital, your child will be sent there immediately should he or she require a higher level of care.

So why should you choose a pediatric urgent care clinic for your child in place of a standard urgent care facility?

  • A children’s urgent care facility will be staffed with a pediatric-trained staff who know the needs of your child.
  • From a sticker collection to a kid-friendly clinic design, your child will feel much more at home.
  • With an average 30-minute total visit time, you will get in and out so your child can get back to feeling like himself or herself in no time.

For injuries and illnesses that are not life-threatening but require medical attention immediately, consider an urgent care facility such as Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. Open after hours and on weekends, we can treat a multitude of illnesses and injuries for your child. To see the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care locations near you, visit our website today.

Ear Infections in Children

Child's otolaryngologist doing ear examination

Ear infections affect most people at some point in their life, with children most susceptible. Five out of every six children experience an ear infection by age three. In fact, ear infections are the No. 1 reason parents bring their children to the doctor. Being able to determine when your child is fighting an ear infection is key to getting him or her treatment immediately.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of an ear infection can be hard to diagnose, especially with a younger child. To make things even more difficult, symptoms can vary depending on the type of ear infection your child is experiencing. However, fever, fluid drainage, difficulty hearing, trouble sleeping and pulling at the ear are all common symptoms of an ear infection.

 

Causes

Typically, an ear infection is caused by bacteria. If your child has suffered from a sore throat, cold or respiratory infection, they run the risk of developing an ear infection. In the case of a bacterial upper respiratory infection, the bacteria can spread to the ear, while a viral respiratory infection can cause bacteria to move into the ear as a secondary infection, causing fluid buildup in the eardrum.

 

Treatment

In most cases, a doctor will prescribe an antibiotic that will be taken for about a week. If your child’s pain is overwhelming, a doctor may also suggest over-the-counter pain medication. If an antibiotic is prescribed, be sure your child takes the medication for the full time recommended to ensure the infection is fully treated.

 

Seeking medical care is imperative if you think your child may have an ear infection. Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is not only open after hours and on weekends, but it is also designed exclusively to meet the needs of children. Check out the website to find the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care location nearest you.

Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care Has A New Blog

imageWhen your child is sick or injured, it’s important to take them somewhere they can receive the care they need quickly. Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is a kid-focused facility designed exclusively to care for children. 

Open after hours and on weekends, when a typical doctor’s office will be closed, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care offers convenience when you need it most. With no appointment required and an average wait-time of only 30 minutes, a trip to Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is also much less stressful than a visit to the hospital or pediatrician.  

Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides comprehensive care in a wide range of pediatric specialty services, including lab services, breathing treatments, sports physicals, x-rays, strep testing and more. These services at Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care are also more affordable than going to the hospital, costing around one-third the cost of an ER visit. 

By creating a blog, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is excited to share helpful health tips and up-to-date medical information with families. And, with six locations in the DFW area—Flower Mound, Frisco, Plano, Allen, McKinney and Dallas—it’s easy to find a location near you. You can also catch a glimpse of our McKinney location by taking a virtual tour here.  

Whether your child is in need of a wellness check or is feeling under the weather, a trip to Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is guaranteed to be a stress-free, affordable, effective experience. Because pediatric specialists exclusively staff Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, your child is in excellent hands. Visit the website for a list of services, locations and billing and insurance information.