Protecting Your Child From Tick Bites

FamilySummerCamping.jpgWith kids spending so much time outdoors during the summer months, it’s important to teach them about the danger of ticks. Often difficult to identify, ticks come in a variety of sizes (some as small as a speck of dirt) and can be found in all different types of terrain. Because they can carry a number of diseases, your child should be educated on how to protect themselves from ticks.

Wear insect-repellent clothing

If your child is planning to spend time in an area full of leaves, bushes and trees, where ticks often live, insect-repellent clothing may be a good option. This type of clothing has been treated with a specific process that binds a repellent to the fibers of the fabric and can protect against ticks, mosquitoes, ants, flies and chiggers.

Cover your feet

Because ticks often live near to the ground, it’s important your child protects his or her feet when outdoors. According to studies, those who wore footwear that had been sprayed with repellent were 74 times as protected as those who did not spray their shoes.

Check yourself regularly

When outdoors, your child should check themselves regularly for ticks. At the end of the day, make sure your child showers and also checks thoroughly for unexpected bumps which may be an embedded tick. It’s also a good idea to run all your child’s clothing through a hot dryer for 10-15 minutes at the end of the day as the heat will kill off any live ticks that may be on the clothes.

If your child does find a tick, it does not immediately mean he or she will experience a tick-borne illness. However, you should continually be watching for symptoms that may arise, such as a rash, fever, headache, joint pain or dizziness. If your child is suffering from any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.

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 Tips For a Fun Family Vacation

Family on the Beach

It’s that time of year: school has just ended and it’s time to start preparing for a family vacation. While vacations can be a memorable and enjoyable experience, they can also be stressful, especially when traveling with children. If you’re planning a trip somewhere as a family this summer, there are five things you can do to ensure everyone has a great time.

  1. Communicate with the kids. If you want to book a trip that everyone will enjoy, it’s important that you discuss destinations and plans with each member of the family, including the kids. Kids’ interests change each year, so one year they may want to visit DisneyLand and the next, they may be more interested in the beach. To be sure everyone is happy, talk through the plans prior to booking anything.
  2. Come prepared. Whether you’re driving or flying, it’s important to bring age-appropriate distractions along for the kids. These distractions may include coloring books, audio books or educational apps on your smart phone. Also be sure to bring headphones so others traveling with you aren’t bothered by the noise
  3. Pack light. Because younger children may not be able to carry their own luggage, it’s smart to minimize the amount of clothes everyone brings. Make an effort to mix and match clothes if possible and bring staples, like blue jeans and basic shirts, which can be worn over again if needed.
  4. Rest up. In order to fully enjoy a trip, it’s important that everyone has gotten plenty of sleep the night before vacation begins. It’s also a good idea to schedule rest times in during the trip as well so everyone can have a bit of down time and not feel exhausted by the end of the trip.
  5. Remain flexible. It’s easy to get caught up in maintaining a schedule on vacations. With so many activities to do and a limited amount of time to do them in, time can begin to feel crunched. If something goes off schedule or doesn’t end up happening, it’s OK. If it’s an important activity, it can be rescheduled. Otherwise don’t stress if not everything goes according to schedule.

For more helpful tips this summer, visit Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care blog regularly.

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.

Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care Dallas Clinic

DallasNWH_9391Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, 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. Whether your child has been injured or is feeling under the weather, a trip to Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is guaranteed to be a stress-free, effective experience.

IMG_0387With six locations throughout the DFW metroplex, finding a Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care near you is easy. While we have the same friendly team and superior service at all six convenient locations, those visiting the Dallas clinic have the added benefit of additional, specialty care close-by at the Medical City Children’s Hospital. Although the urgent care facilities are fully staffed with pediatric specialists, there are instances where a hospital stay or specialty care is needed.

IMG_0377With 156 beds, this comprehensive and specialized children’s hospital provides advanced pediatric healthcare for young patients of all ages, from newborns to teenagers. Pediatric specialties at Medical City Children’s Hospital include pediatric emergency services, care for congenital heart conditions, pediatric cancer care (hematology and oncology), pediatric orthopedics, neurosurgery, craniofacial surgery, pediatric transplant and kidney care, and a Level IV NICU – the highest level of NICU care available in Dallas.

IMG_0358To find the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care location nearest you, visit our website. With the ability to check in online before your visit, your child will be seen as soon as possible because we know each minute counts. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.

IMG_0342Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care also shares helpful health tips and up-to-date medical information via its blog, so be sure to check back in regularly.

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.