When to Visit Urgent Care vs the Emergency Room

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If your child is injured, there is often a mad rush to get him or her the quickest medical care possible. While there are times that an emergency room is required, an urgent care facility can often provide the same care at a lower price and in less time. But how do you know when your child should be taken to an emergency room and when you can take advantage of urgent care?

Emergency Room

An emergency room should be utilized for just that: emergencies. If your child is experiencing an allergic reaction to food, animal or bug bites; a broken bone; chest pain; constant vomiting or bleeding; shortness of breath; head injuries or unconsciousness, they should be taken an emergency room immediately. For life-threatening injuries, call 911.

Although the ER can care for a number of additional medical situations, it will also cost you more than an urgent care. In fact, emergency rooms cost on average three times more than a visit to an urgent care facility.

Urgent Care

If your child is suffering from a non-emergency medical situation, an urgent care can often offer the same care as an ER. A few of the conditions commonly treated at an urgent care include flu and cough; high fevers; cuts and severe scrapes; sports injuries; earaches; stomach aches and more.

Many people are worried about visiting an urgent care center because they don’t think the doctors are qualified or services are limited. At Medical City Children’s Center Urgent Care, the doctors are all qualified residency-trained pediatricians who are board certified or board eligible.

If you have a child who has suffered an injury that is not life threatening, consider taking them to Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. With medical centers that are focused toward children and open at convenient hours, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is dedicated to providing children the best possible 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.

Tips for Traveling On A Plane With Kids

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Taking a trip as a family can be a time to make memories your kids will cherish for a lifetime. However, if you’ve traveled with young children, you know that flying on a plane can be very stressful. Below are a few things you can do to ensure your next flight with kids goes smoothly.

Be sure to print your boarding passes at home. One of the best ways to save time at the airport is by printing boarding passes before you leave home. If you’re unable to print them, at least utilize the electronic check-in kiosks at the airport.

Tell kids what to expect at security. Even for a grown adult, security can be a daunting obstacle when traveling. Let your kids know what they will need to part ways with when going through security and, if your kids are older, be sure they know proper protocol (i.e. which jokes are unacceptable at an airport).

Ask about early boarding opportunities. Most airlines will allow people traveling with young children to board ahead of everyone else to allow them more time to get settled in. Use the additional time to get your bags situated in the overhead bin and make sure everyone is happy and has something to keep them entertained.

Bring snacks and things to keep kids busy. No matter how long the flight, children are likely to get hungry. Come armed with snacks, such as Goldfish, pretzels or fruit snacks, that are easy to pack and don’t make a mess. Books, coloring sheets and portable electronic devices are great ways to keep kids distracted during the flight.

If you and your family are planning to take a trip soon, be sure to take the time before you go to fully prepare so that your flight is more enjoyable. For more information on family safety, helpful tips for those with kids and up-to-date medical information, check back in on the 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.

What To Know About Sending Your Child Back To School

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When summer winds down, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. While children are likely still in summer mode, it’s important to slowly ease them back into the routine they’ll have during the upcoming months. Most parents aren’t sure what to expect in the weeks leading up to the new school year, but there are a few things to know to help prepare your children for the upcoming year.

Implement a new schedule: Getting your child back into the mindset is half the battle of transitioning from summer to school year. Start by inching up their bedtime 30 minutes a night until they’ve reached their school year bedtime. Try winding down early with a book instead of electronics as well so they’ll get used to reading their homework in the evenings.

Introduce yourself to the teachers: Take advantage of any opportunity your child’s school offers for a meet-and-greet with the teachers. If possible, allow your child to attend as well so they’ll feel comfortable with their new teachers before the year begins. Ask questions such regarding homework, assignment policies, test expectations, etc.

Come up with a plan: Take time to sit down as a family and discuss after-school pickup plans so your child knows exactly what to expect. Figure out how many days a week your child will buy his or her lunch and when you will make it. Also, set a sick day policy so there is an understanding that sick days are taken seriously.

Knock out the back-to-school physical: Most school symptoms require physicals as a prerequisite for certain activities. While physicals vary depending on the school, most local doctor offices will have information on what is required from your child’s school.

If you have a child returning to school, consider taking them to Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care for their back-to-school physical. With medical centers that are focused toward children and open at convenient hours, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care makes it easy to get a school physical at your convenience.

 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 Hosts Back-To-School Bash

DallasNWH_9391.jpgAs you and your kids prepare for school to start back up, it’s essential you pack in as many fun events as possible before summer winds down. To celebrate the new school year, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care will host a back-to-school bash at the Dallas location. The bash is the perfect event to transition from summer to the school year on a high note!

This event will feature carnival games, face painting, balloon animals and a fire truck tour for the kids. You and your children will also have the opportunity to tour the clinic, meet the doctors and hang with Leo the Lion. Be sure to come hungry to enjoy Mimi’s Pizza!

Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care will also be offering discounted school physicals at only $25 for those needing a checkup before the school year begins.

The back-to-school bash will take place at the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care Dallas location, 6805 W Northwest Hwy. Dallas, TX 75225, on Saturday, August 20 from 10 am to 1 pm. Many of the events will take place outdoors, so be sure to dress appropriately and wear sunscreen.

Get your free ticket here: http://bit.ly/2aIJWSB

If you have school-aged children, check back in on the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care blog regularly throughout the school year for tips on keeping your kids healthy and to keep yourself current on medical information. 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.

4 Easy DIY Projects To Do With Your Kids

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When your children are at home during the summer, chances are they will come to you often looking for something to do. While a trip to the pool or even the park can be nice on a warm summer day, it’s smart to have several indoor crafts and projects on hand for them to work on too. Below are several DIY projects that your child may enjoy doing this summer.

Water Bottle Piggy Bank

Not only is this piggy bank a fun craft, but also a good way to introduce your child to saving money. With an empty plastic beverage bottle, colored paper, acrylic paint, ear templates and wood beads, you can create a cute coin bank in the shape of a piggy.

Tin-Can Wind Chime

If you have old tin cans, acrylic paint and an embroidery hoop, you can easily make a charming wind chime that can hang in your child’s room. Your child will enjoy painting various designs on the cans and layering the colored cans to create the chime.

Photo Scrapbook

Looking through old photos for a scrapbook page can be a fun way to introduce children to family members they haven’t met yet and to show them photos of when they were younger. Allow your child to choose the photos he or she likes most and let them decorate the page however they like so they can tap into their creative side. Make sure they know this is their page.

Rock Animal Buddies

One of the easiest crafts to make with your child is a rock animal buddy. The rocks can be collected outdoors (try to get one large rock and one smaller rock) before starting on the craft. Paint both rocks a solid color, let them dry, then paint details (spots, stripes, etc.) and facial features on the smaller rock. Once everything has been painted, use a hot glue gun to secure the smaller rock to the larger rock and add the ears (cut from construction paper).

For more tips on summer activities, helpful health tips and up-to-date medical information, check back in on the 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.