3 Benefits Of A Kid-Friendly Urgent Care

 

pediatric doctor examining little patientOne of the things we love most about children is their adventurous spirit; however, it can also make them extremely accident-prone. When accidents happen, quick medical attention is crucial. Urgent care facilities can be a great alternative to a hospital or pediatrician, which can take days to get into.

Kid-friendly urgent care facilities, like Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, are designed exclusively to meet the needs of children. Children’s urgent care clinics are staffed with pediatric-trained staff that knows exactly what your child needs. Your child will feel completely at home too with plenty of toys, sticker collections and a clinic design that is geared toward children.

Urgent care facilities are often preferred over hospitals and general physicians because the wait is typically much shorter. Most pediatric urgent care facilities have an average wait time of 30 minutes, so a sick or injured child won’t have to sit around.

If you live in Dallas and are in search of a pediatric urgent care facility, consider checking out Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have six locations throughout the DFW area with facilities open from 4pm to 11pm on weekdays (Plano weekdays 3pm to 10pm) and 11:30am to 8pm on weekends.

Since 1986, we have been dedicating ourselves to providing best-in-class care in a wide range of pediatric specialties. Our services include:

  • Strep, flu, urine, RSV and mono testing
  • X-rays
  • Lab services (on site and referral)
  • IV fluids
  • Fracture care and splinting
  • Laceration repair (stitches, staples and glue)
  • Sports and camp physicals
  • Breathing treatments
  • Urine catheterization
  • Removal of foreign bodies from nose, ears and skin

If your child is suffering from a non-life threatening illness or injury, it’s important a medical professional sees them. 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.

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When Are X-Rays Needed?

DSC_4858Used for decades as a way to help doctors see inside the human body without the need for an incision, X-rays can help doctors diagnose, monitor and treat a number of medical conditions. For children, X-rays can be unknown and scary. If your child is in need of an imaging test, it’s best if you can explain what’s happening beforehand to help alleviate fears. Here are some important facts that you can share with your child before he or she gets an X-ray.

Why Are X-rays Performed?

Doctors may recommend an X-ray if they need to examine an area where your child is experiencing pain, monitor the progression of a disease or see how well a prescribed treatment is working. There are a number of other conditions that may require an X-Ray as well, including:

  • Bone cancer
  • Enlarged heart
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Conditions affecting the lungs
  • Digestive issues
  • Fractures
  • Infections
  • Tooth decay
  • Retrieval of a swallowed foreign object

How Should Your Child Prepare for an X-ray?

Because X-rays are fairly standard procedures, there aren’t any special steps to take for preparation in most cases. If your child’s doctor is examining an area that may be restricted by clothing, your child should wear loose, comfortable clothing. In some instances, your child may be asked to wear a hospital gown. A lead apron may be worn to protect him or her from radiation during the X-ray process.

How Is an X-ray Performed?

Your child will be directed by a technician, who will let him or her know how to position themselves to make sure the X-ray comes out clearly. Your child may be asked to lie, sit or stand in a variety of positions, depending on the area that needs to be examined. It’s important that your child remain still while the images are being taken for the clearest images possible.

If your child is in need of an imaging test, consider taking him or her to 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.

Identifying Allergies In Infants

iStock-504046036.jpgIt’s easy to know when an older child is suffering from allergies because they can tell you themselves. However, it can be much more difficult to diagnose allergies in infants. In fact, many parents will misidentify allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose or upset stomach, as a cold or simply a fussy baby.

So how can you tell if your infant is suffering from allergies or a cold?

  • Thin, watery nasal discharge may indicate allergies, while a runny nose accompanied by cloudy nasal discharge and a fever is likely to be a cold.
  • Difficulty getting rid of a cough can be symptomatic of allergies. Because the muscles of an infant’s airways have spasms and swell when he or she is suffering from allergies, it can lead to a dry hacking cough. This can easily be misdiagnosed as a lower respiratory tract infection, so it’s important to note other symptoms your infant is experiencing with this.
  • Although newborns are prone to rashes, they usually stop around 2 or 3 months of age, which is around the same time allergic rashes tend to appear. Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is the most common allergic rash. This is a red, scaly rash that usually appears on the cheeks, torso, arms and legs of babies.
  • Although a virus can cause vomiting, diarrhea and gassiness, these can also be symptoms of allergies. If your infant has an environmental allergy, he or she may swallow phlegm, which can irritate the stomach.

If you believe your infant is suffering from allergy symptoms, consider a skin moisturizer for rashes or an oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl, for other symptoms. If symptoms persist, consider taking him or her to see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis. 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.

Foreign Body Removal Services

iStock-471774748.jpgWhile you’d like to keep an eye on your child at all times, it’s just not possible. There will be times they sneak out of sight. If your child has managed to place a foreign body in his or her ear, nose or airway, don’t panic.

It should be noted that if your child has a battery in their ear, nose or throat, they should be taken to an emergency room immediately. It’s important that a medical professional removes the battery as soon as possible.

Foreign bodies in the ear: If your child has managed to force an object in the ear canal, it’s possible there may be pain in the ear accompanied by redness or drainage. Your child may also experience difficulty hearing. Unless the object is very easily removable, a medical professional should be the one to remove it. If the object in the ear is metal, a magnet may be used to remove it. Your child’s ear may be doused with water to fully clean it.  A machine may also be used to suction the object out.

Foreign bodies in the nose: Foreign bodies in the nose are often removed the same way as those in the ear. In some instances, sedation is needed to remove the object successfully. Your child’s doctor may prescribe nose drops or antibiotic ointments to avoid infection.

Foreign bodies in the airway: In most cases, this is a very serious situation, especially if the foreign object is completely blocking the airway. In some instances, surgery is needed to remove the object. If your child is still talking and breathing, but showing other symptoms, he or she should still be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible.

If your child has placed a foreign body in his or her ear, nose or airway, it’s important a medical professional sees them. 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.

Stitches Vs. Staples Vs. Glue

Teddy bear with bandages in pediatrician's officeIf you have young children, chances are, they’ve taken a tumble at some point and ended up with a nasty gash. While this is normal child behavior, it can still be scary as a parent. There’s also a good chance your child has or will either require stitches, staples or glue to mend their wound. But what’s the difference among the three?

Stitches

Typically stitches are used for gaping cuts as the thread and needle sizes can be changed depending on the size of the wound.  If stitches are required, it’s important that they be removed within five to seven days to avoid scars. Many people are worried they will need a plastic surgeon to administer stitches; however, that is usually only suggested if the cut is on the eyelids, nostrils or lips.

 Staples

While staples may sound scary, they really aren’t that different from stitches. Usually used on scalp lacerations, staples are typically applied quicker than stitches, which can be helpful with a squirmy, scared child. It’s true that staples look hideous, but they will cause no discomfort for your child. Like stitches, it’s important they are removed in a timely manner to avoid scarring.

 Glue

Most often, glue is used on smaller shallow lacerations in areas of the body where they’re less likely to separate. Glue will never be used on knees, elbows, ankles or around the mouth. Because it can trap infection inside, glue should never be used on “dirty” wounds (such as after a bike wreck). Just like stitches and staples, a wound that has been glued can still result in a scar.

If your child has suffered a laceration serious enough for medical attention, consider taking him or her to Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. Our technicians are highly qualified 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.

Signs and Symptoms: Flu Versus Cold

Cleaning nose

While the initial symptoms can seem very similar, the cold and the flu are two very different illnesses. A cold is more of a mild, respiratory illness, while the flu is something that will keep you down and out for weeks. The flu can also result in complications like pneumonia and hospitalizations. To better understand the difference between the cold and the flu, here are the symptoms you’ll experience.

Symptoms of the cold

  • Sore throat which goes away within two days
  • Nasal symptoms: runny nose and congestion
  • A cough towards the end of the illness
  • Fever is possible, but unlikely

Symptoms of the flu

  • Cold-like symptoms, including sore throat, congestion and cough
  • Muscle aches and soreness
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Cold symptoms typically last around a week, with the first three days being the most contagious. During those first few days, it’s important to stay at home. If your cold symptoms persist for more than a week, check with your doctor to determine if you’ve developed an allergy or sinusitis.

For the flu, symptoms are more intense, but last only two to five days. However, because of the intense symptoms, you may feel run down for more than a week. If you begin to notice shortness of breath alongside your flu symptoms, seek medical attention immediately as this could be a sign of pneumonia.

To prevent both the cold and the flu, wash your hands as often as possible. You should also avoid close contact with anyone displaying symptoms of either illness. For the flu, you can also get the annual flu vaccine to prevent getting sick.

If you believe your child have symptoms of either the cold or the flu, it’s a good idea to get checked out by a doctor. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, our doctors are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. You can even check in online at medicalcityurgentcare.com!

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.

When To Keep Your Sick Child Home

Boy measuring fever

Whether your child is sniffling, coughing or complaining of a sore throat, there’s a chance they’re contagious. If your child has just come down with symptoms and you’re unsure what the illness is, there are a few things to keep an eye on to determine whether or not your child should go to school or daycare.

Fever

When your child has a fever, it’s a sign he or she is fighting the germs that are making them sick. If your child’s fever is 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, they should be kept at home until the fever has subsided for at least 24 hours.

Diarrhea

Resulting from an infection, food poisoning or antibiotics, diarrhea can lead to dehydration if enough fluids are not consumed. If your child is suffering from diarrhea, he or she should be kept home until their stool is solid.

Vomiting

Another way for your child’s body to rid itself of germs, diarrhea is normally caused by a stomach virus or infection. Keep your child at home if he or she has vomited more than two times in the last 24 hours. He or she should also not return until the symptoms have completely cleared up. 

Cough

A serious cough may be symptomatic of whooping cough, viral bronchitis or croup. It may also be a sign of asthma or allergies. Because a cough can be contagious, your child should be kept at home when displaying this symptom.

Sore Throat

If your child has a sore throat, there’s a possibility it’s the common cold or strep throat. For a mild sore throat, it’s OK for your child to go to school; however, if he or she has been diagnosed with strep throat, they should be kept at home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics.

If your child is displaying any of the above symptoms, they should see a doctor. Consider Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care for qualified, efficient care. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. You can even check in online at medicalcityurgentcare.com!

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.