How Much Physical Activity Does Your Child Need?


Less than half the children in the United States get the recommended amount of physical activity each day, with 91% percent consuming very poor diets. Because of this, more than 12 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with obesity. That is one in every six children. In order to keep your child healthy and happy, it’s essential that he or she get enough physical activity. Below is information to help educate you on what qualifies as physical activity, how your child can benefit from it and how you can encourage your child to be less sedentary.

How Much Exercise Should Your Child Get Daily?

According to studies from the Department of Health and Human Services, children over the age of six should get a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity each day. This hour should be filled with moderate or vigorous aerobic activity. Additionally, it is important that children participate muscle- and bone-strengthening activities at least three times a week. You should note that the 60 minutes do not have to be consecutive. Even if your child can only get 30 minutes here and another 30 minutes there, what’s important is that he or she gets 60 minutes total.

The Benefits Of Exercise For Children

Children who get regular physical activity enjoy a multitude of benefits including stronger muscles and bones, a leaner body, a reduced risk of childhood obesity, a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a lower risk of anxiety and a generally happier outlook on life. Children that exercise also tend to sleep better.


Exercise And The Brain

Exercise is also essential for the development of your child’s motor skills. This then will play a role in your child’s coordination, self-confidence, socialization skills and academic performance. Additionally, a recent study showed that children who participated in an exercise group were better at “attentional inhibition.” This means the children were able to focus on the task at hand with the ability to toggle between the cognitive tasks they had been given.

What Counts As Physical Activity?

The activities that count towards your child’s daily exercise quota include common school-age activities. Playing on playground equipment and jumping rope are great options that check both the aerobic and strength recommendations. Another great option is organized sports like baseball, soccer and football.

If your child is not into sports, try getting creative. For children who are artistically inclined, consider a nature hike where he or she can collect foliage that can be used for a collage later. Perhaps your child prefers climbing. If so, try a nearby jungle gym or climbing wall.


Introducing Your Child To Exercise

So how do you introduce your child to exercise? It depends on the age. What may work for a younger child might not be successful with a teenager.

5 Years Old And Under

Team sports are a great way for young children to get involved in exercise. At this age, it’s important for sports to be fun and not a competition. Sports like soccer, basketball and T-ball are excellent for children five and under.

Ages 6 To 8 Years Old

As children get older, their skills progress and activities like gymnastics and riding a bike become easier. This is a great time to expose your child to a variety of physical activities so they can determine what’s the best fit.

Ages 9 to 14 Years Old

This is the age range where children gain better hand-eye coordination. They also tend to become more competitive at this age, so it is OK to encourage competition, as long as it’s friendly. Discourage heavy weight lifting and encourage lighter strength training, such as stretchy tubes and bands.

Ages 15 And Up

At this age, children may begin to express interest in endurance activities, such as triathlons or marathons. It is important for your child to focus on proper training to avoid injury. Continue to encourage your child to be active, which will help build a healthy foundation for exercise moving forward.

Ways To Get Your Child Off The Couch

These days it’s easy for kids to become sedentary. Between television, smartphones, tablets and other devices, screen time has caused children to be much less active than in days past. If you’re worried your child is not getting enough physical activity, here some ways you encourage him or her to be less sedentary:

  • Limit the amount of time you allow your child to use media. This includes television, social media and video games.
  • Try to keep your child’s screen time to less than an hour a day for those 2 to 5 years old.
  • Don’t allow your child to keep any televisions, computers or video games in his or her bedroom. Screens should also be turned off during mealtimes.
  • Take your child to the playground.
  • Encourage your child to do something physical, such as ride a bike or play basketball outside, after school instead of watching TV or playing video games.
  • Lead by example. Don’t be afraid to engage in physical activity with your child when possible. Encourage your child to start a game of tag or offer to take him or her to the pool in the summer. Swimming is a great way for your child to get some aerobic activity in!

How To Raise A Fit Child

There is more to raising a fit child than simply making sure your child gets enough daily physical activity. By combining regular exercise with a healthy diet, your child can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to minimize the amount of processed foods your child takes in. When possible, opt for fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. If you are looking for healthy lunches that you can pack for your child, check out our post here.


If you have questions or concerns about your child’s health, consider visiting your local Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. All six of our locations have board-certified pediatricians, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

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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What Is A Normal Sleep Pattern For An Infant?


New parents know how much of a struggle it can be to get their newborn baby to fall into a normal sleeping pattern. In fact, many newborns confuse their days and nights, thinking they should be awake at night and sleep throughout the day. So what is a normal sleep pattern for an infant and how do you get yours to follow that pattern?


A newborn baby can sleep as many as 17 hours a day. Typically a newborn sleeps up to eight or nine hours during the daytime and around eight hours at night. A newborn normally won’t start to sleep through the night until he or she is three months old; however, this can vary depending on the child. In fact, some infants don’t sleep through the night until they’re almost one year old.

Most infants will want to eat every two or three hours depending on age and what he or she is being fed. It’s important that you communicate with your pediatrician to determine if and when you need to wake up for feedings


It is not easy for newborns to develop their own sleeping patterns. It’s even more difficult for them to fall asleep on their own. It is crucial for you to know the signs that your child is ready for sleep such as yawning, fussing, looking away and rubbing his or her eyes.

While many infants will fall asleep while breastfeeding, it’s important to wean them off this as they get older so it doesn’t turn into a pattern. When babies carry on this habit, they may begin to expect they can be in your arms as they go to sleep. It is recommended that after the newborn period, you allow your infant to become sleepy in your arms, transferring him or her to their bed while still awake.



Swaddling is a great way to make your baby feel safe and to help him or her fall asleep. In fact, special blankets have been designed just to make swaddling easier. However, there are certain precautions you need to take when swaddling your baby.

You should only swaddle your baby is he or she is under two months old or cannot roll over on his or her own. If a swaddled baby is able to roll over onto its stomach, he or she is at risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).


It is recommended you begin sleep training when your baby is between 4 and 6 months old. Around 4 months of age is when babies start to develop normalcy in their sleep-wake cycle. When you are preparing your infant for sleep training, it’s crucial you start to introduce a bedtime routine. A good routine may include a warm bath, book reading and a lullaby. It’s also smart to choose a consistent bedtime. Sometime between 7 and 8 o’clock is ideal so your baby isn’t too tired.


Getting (you and) your baby to succeed at sleep training will take some time and practice. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure you and your baby are sleeping peaceful through the night in no time.

  • Prioritize sleep: It is imperative that children get enough sleep. Studies show that children who don’t get enough REM sleep are more likely to struggle with a short attention span as they get older. This causes them to have trouble learning as well.
  • Log your baby’s sleep: It is a good idea to keep track of how much your baby sleeps each night. This will allow you to notice patterns (i.e. if your baby wakes up at 7pm each night) and learn how to improve these problems.
  • Have your baby go down while still awake: After you have gone through your entire bedtime routine with the lights on, try putting your baby in the crib while he or she is sleepy, but still awake. Don’t be surprised if your baby does cry some at the beginning. It’s OK if you chose to sit next to the crib in a chair as your baby falls asleep.
  • Create a peaceful environment: One of the best ways to get your infant to sleep is to keep a cool and comfortable room. Keeping your temperature between 65 and 70 degrees is great. Also, if your baby’s room gets a lot of natural light, you may want to install room-darkening shades so he or she can fall asleep during nap times. This will also help prevent early wake-ups.
  • Be consistent: It isn’t easy to train your baby to follow a normal sleep pattern, but it’s important that you stay consistent. There will come a time when your baby cries in the middle of the night. It’s a good idea to go check on your infant to ensure he or she is OK then move outside the door to continue comforting him or her. If you are forced to go back to old habits due to travel or illness, it’s important to get back on track as soon as possible.


If you notice any changes in your infant’s sleeping pattern you should contact a doctor. Changes in sleep pattern could indicate a problem like an ear infection or fever. You should note that when your child starts to go through growth spurts, he or she will also wake up more throughout the night for food.


If you believe your child is suffering from an abnormal sleep pattern, rest assured that Medical City Children’s Urgent Care has pediatricians that are board certified, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

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 Do If Your Child Gets An Ear Infection


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.


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.

  • 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
  • Your child is suffering from a low grade fever

You should note that ear infections are almost always preceded by a cold. You may notice that your child’s clear runny nose becomes yellow or green as the infection begins to set in.

Because ear infections result in a pus or fluid buildup behind the eardrum, it is not unusual for an infection to result in a ruptured eardrum. If your child’s eardrum has ruptured, you may notice blood or pus draining from the ear. It’s important that you don’t panic. Most ruptured eardrums heal on its on within a few weeks and do not require treatment.


Although your child may appear to have an ear infection with some of the symptoms above, it is unlikely if he or she has no cold symptoms. If your child is pulling at his or her ears, there is a chance they are simply teething or just like playing with their ears. In fact, babies under the age of one year cannot tell localize their ear pain, so it is impossible for them to identify where the pain is coming from.



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.


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.


Once your child has been diagnosed with an ear infection, a doctor will likely prescribe a ten-day treatment that includes antibiotics. One of the most common antibiotics given for ear infections is amoxicillin (sometimes referred to as “the pink stuff”). Your child’s doctor may also prescribe anesthetic eardrops, which numb the eardrum to keep pain at bat for up to two hours.

If you have yet to get your child to the doctor but are certain he or she is suffering from an ear infection, there are a few things you can do to help alleviate pain until you can seek medical care. Try putting several drops of warm olive oil, vegetable oil or garlic oil (make sure the oil isn’t too hot!) and applying a warm washcloth to the ear. Pain medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are also great to immediately relief pain. (It’s important you reference the dosage guide on the medication.)

If your child does not begin improving within 48-72 hours of antibiotic use, you should return to the doctor for a stronger antibiotic.


Whether your child suffers from chronic ear infections or you simply want to take measures to prevent him or her getting an infection for the first time, below are some great ways to prevent (or at least lessen the severity) ear infections.

  • Boost your child’s immune system: It’s no surprise that feeding your child more fruits and vegetables will help him or her stave off infections. For tips on how to sneak veggies into your child’s food, check out this article.
  • Avoid cigarette smoke: Your baby’s nasal passage can be irritated by smoke leading to Eustachian tube dysfunction.
  • Keep your child’s nose clear: Any time your child gets a runny nose it’s important to keep the nose clear with saline nose drops, suctioning or even by using steam. This will help prevent viruses and bacteria from attaching in your child’s nose.
  • Wash hands frequently: This should go without saying. Washing your hands regularly will prevent germs from spreading to your child, keeping him or her at a lowered risk of catching a cold. Fewer colds also reduces the risk of ear infections.
  • Vaccinate your child: It’s important that you vaccinate your child against the flu each year. You should also have your child get the 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine that protects against additional types of bacterial infection.


If you believe your child is suffering from an ear infection, rest assured that Medical City Children’s Urgent Care has pediatricians that are board certified, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

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 Introduce Your Child To Technology


These days it’s impossible to stay away from technology. While it has brought us so many incredible advances in medicine, quality of life, etc., technology has also robbed us of “real life” in many cases. For children growing up in today’s world, it’s important that you ease them into technology slowly. Remind them of the joys of reading, spending time with friends and doing anything that doesn’t involve staring at a screen. If you have a toddler who is already starting to grab at your smartphone or tablet, below are some best practices when introducing your child to technology.


Many people make the mistake of handing their child an electronic device simply to keep them busy. While most toddlers love to push buttons and swipe the screen on tablets, it does not mean they are ready to actually play with a computer or phone. Most experts recommend you don’t introduce your child to technology until he or she is at least two years old or in preschool. It is crucial that your child experience and interact with the world instead of experiencing everything via a screen.


It is so easy to absentmindedly hand over your tablet or phone to pacify your child. However, by doing this, you are allowing him or her to not only get what they want any time, but to treat technology as a go-to any time they are bored. It is OK to let your child play with your smart objects from time to time (for instance, on a long plane ride or while waiting in a doctor’s office), but this should be something you think about before doing. Make sure your child is utilizing apps that stimulate his or her brain and try not to allow more than 20 minutes of screen time at any time.



When your child is ready to handle technology, it’s a good idea that you find kid-friendly content for him or her to focus on. Do some research on the Internet to determine which programs are meant to be entertaining and which are educational. Many apps will actually include an age range that’s appropriate to make it easier for parents as well. Many iPad and iPhone apps can teach your child educational basics such as math, time, money, geography, music and art.


Especially important when your child is young, you should try to be as involved as possible with his or her technology use. Whenever your child downloads a new app or game, engage with your child and ask questions about the app’s content. Have fun with the experience and consider asking your child if you can have a turn on the game or play with the app. This will show your child you approve of kid-friendly apps. However, if you find your child has downloaded an app or game that is inappropriate, explain why you feel this way and delete the program yourself.


Experts suggest no more than half an hour of screen time per sitting for children ages four to five. As children age, that time may be upped to an hour. It’s important that your child does not exceed two hours per sitting. Of course, if he or she is using the device as a productivity tool, it is fine to extend screen time.

For older children, it’s often unavoidable that they spend hours staring at a screen each day. This can result in eye fatigue and strain. Doctors often recommend the 20-20-20 rule, which means that every 20 minutes you should spend 20 seconds staring at something 20 feet away.



As your child gets older, he or she is at risk of cyber bullying. Sadly, cyber bullying can begin as young as middle school. Recent studies have shown that up to 25% of teens are cyber bullied at some point.

Cyber bullying can be very difficult to identify. For example, some kids have stated that fake accounts and websites have been made solely to bully them. It is so important to communicate with your child while he or she is young, stressing to them the importance of cyber behavior. You should also make sure your child feels comfortable talking to you if he or she feels harassed online.

If your child is being harassed online, you may notice he or she appears emotionally upset during or after using the Internet, is extremely protective of his or her digital life, seems withdrawn from friends and family or avoids group gatherings. If you suspect your child is a victim of cyber bullying, let your child know it’s not his or her fault and reassure him or her that you will figure out how to improve the situation together.


Children are prone to pick up on what their parents do. This is where you come into play. If you are glued to your smartphone all day every day, your child will pick up on those habits. Conversely, if you spend time throughout the day enjoying “real life” by reading, hanging out with friends and family, etc., your child will learn to do the same.

This is also a good time for you to assess your personal relationship with technology. Do you scroll through social media sites as you go to bed at night? Do you find yourself distracted during family events because you have to check your phone every few minutes?  Take this time to learn ways you can cut back on your technology use. Perhaps you can shut phones down after dinner each night or allow only an hour a day of computer time at home.


For more general and health tips for children, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog regularly. Medical City Children’s Urgent Care has pediatricians that are board certified, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

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 Keep Your Child Free Of The Flu


It can be tough to tell what is wrong with young children when they’re suffering from an illness. Many sicknesses have very similar symptoms, making it easy to incorrectly diagnose your child. Two of the most easily confusable illnesses are the common cold and the flu. To help determine if your child has come down with the flu, compare the symptoms below:

  • If the onset of your child’s illness was sudden and not slow, there’s a greater chance it’s the flu instead of a cold.
  • A high fever is a strong symptom of the flu. Mild fevers may be symptomatic of something else.
  • A decrease in appetite is a tell tale sign that your child is suffering from the flu.
  • Achy muscles, a headache and chills are also a strong sign of the flu.

Other illnesses that can share similar symptoms include strep throat and pneumonia. If your child begins to have difficulty breathing, begins to seem confused or has a headache that continues to worsen, he or she should be taken to a medical facility immediately.

When young children are suffering from the flu, they will feel sluggish and suffer from fatigue. A doctor will likely recommend your child get plenty of fluids and rest. One way to prevent your child from catching the flu is to take him or her to get a flu vaccine. It’s also a good idea to teach your child to avoid sharing food and drinks with other kids in their class, as this is one of the key ways the flu is spread.



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.



Everyone enjoys the cooling temps, fall foliage and approaching holidays; however, the ensuing flu season is not nearly as welcome. Kids who are in school or daycare are at a much higher risk of catching the flu than those that stay at home. To ensure your child stays healthy this flu season, there are some tips you can keep in mind.

Get Your Child Vaccinated

Although the vaccine is not 100% successful in preventing the flu (according to the latest numbers, it is actually 62% effective), it can certainly reduce your child’s chance of getting sick. Even if your child does end up with the flu, the vaccine can help shorten the illness and keep symptoms mild.

Teach Them Good Etiquette

Because the flu can spread as much as 6 feet when a child coughs or sneezes, it’s important that your child covers their mouth and nose with a tissue. Make sure your child knows to throw the tissue away afterward and to then wash their hands.

Keep Everything Clean

This probably sounds impossible with a child, but it’s smart to wipe down toys, handles, counter tables, phones and TV remotes regularly. The flu virus can live up to 8 hours on surfaces, so keeping everything in your home as clean as possible will prevent it from spreading. Hot soapy water or a cleaning product works best.

Diet, Exercise and Rest

One of the best ways your child can stay flu-free this season is to eat right, exercise daily and get enough rest each night. For school-age children, adequate rest is at least 10 hours, while toddlers need a minimum of 12 hours each night. Your children’s diet should include plenty of fruits, vegetable, milk and water. Also, it’s important your child gets at least an hour of physical activity each day.


Many people are skeptical about getting the flu shot themselves, let alone taking their child to get one. While there is a remote chance of your child having a negative reaction to the flu shot, the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to the vaccine. In order to know whether or not the flu shot is right for your child, it’s important to know why the shot is recommended in the first place.

Why Your Child Should Get Vaccinated

The flu is a highly contagious disease that peaks between October and May each year. Typically, the flu is spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact. Symptoms of the flu include fever, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and runny nose. If your child gets the flu shot, it can:

  • Prevent your child from getting the flu
  • Lessen the severity of the flu if your child gets it
  • Keep your child from spreading the flu to others if he or she gets it

Who Should Not Get The Vaccine?

While the flu shot is beneficial to most people, there are some people who should not get this vaccine. If your child has a severe, life-threatening allergy, he or she should not get vaccinated. Also, if your child is not feeling well, the shot should be delayed temporarily. While this affects very few people, those who have suffered Guillain-Barré Syndrome before should avoid the vaccine all together.


If you believe your child is suffering from the flu, rest assured that Medical City Children’s Urgent Care has pediatricians that are board certified, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

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 Is A Urinary Catheter Needed?


When hearing the words urinary catheter (often also referred to as a foley catheter), we often relate it to elderly people. However, there are instances where a young child may need a urinary catheter. While it isn’t the most pleasant thing to imagine for your child, it can be necessary. Read below to see when your child may need a urinary catheter.


A soft, thin flexible tube, a urinary catheter is placed into the bladder to help drain urine. This can either be done in an operating room, exam room or hospital room.


If your child has recently undergone surgery, suffered an injury or developed a sickness that prevents him or her from getting up to use the restroom, a catheter may be needed. Some medication may also cause your child to have difficulty emptying his or her bladder, which would require a catheter.

In some cases, a urinary tract infection is suspected and the child is too young to provide a specimen. In this situation, a catheter may be gently inserted in order to obtain a specimen for urinalysis and urine culture.

In rare instances, your child’s doctor may need to measure exactly how much urine your child passes, which can be done through the use of a catheter.


If your child needs a urine catheter, he or she will lie on an exam table or hospital bed while a doctor prepares to insert the catheter. On one end of the catheter is a balloon, while the other end has two ports that are use to inflate the balloon and collect the urine. A doctor will use a lubricant to help slide the catheter in as painlessly as possible.


If you believe your child needs a urinary catheter, rest assured that Medical City Children’s Urgent Care has pediatricians that are board certified, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

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 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities For Kids


The holidays can be a wonderful time to spoil your children with all the gifts they’ve been wanting throughout the year. However, it can also be a great time to teach them the power of volunteering and helping others. The holidays are a great time to take your child to a food bank, assisted living home, etc. since they are often off school for several weeks at the end of the year. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities for your child, consider the following options.

  1. Work at a food pantry: Not only can you donate food items to your local food pantry, you can also have your child help volunteer at the shelter. Many food shelters need help stocking the pantry, organizing items and even helping to check out customers. This is a great way for your child to learn the value of helping those less fortunate
  2. Visit a nursing home: Having your child spend time at a nursing home is a mutually beneficial way to volunteer. Many of the elderly people living at the assisted living homes look forward to having young kids to spend time with and your children will learn how to interact with those that are older than them. Consider having your child make holiday cards for those at the nursing home and hand deliver the cards right before the holidays.
  3. Deliver meals: If you have time a couple days before the holidays or even on the day of, delivering meals is a great way to volunteer. There are many local charity food services that are always looking for people who can hand deliver hot meals and companionship to those in need.
  4. Visit an animal shelter: The animals at the local animal shelter are desperate for affection and attention. If your child is an animal lover, consider visiting your local animal shelter. Whether you take the animals on a walk or clean up dirty litter boxes, any bit of help will be much appreciated.
  5. Clean up outside: Find a local park or simply walk through your neighborhood picking up trash with your child. When you do this, it’s important you and your child wear gloves and that you supervise your child closely to ensure nothing dangerous is picked up.


For more holiday and health tips for children, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog. Medical City Children’s Urgent Care is a kid-friendly medical facility dedicated to providing children the best possible care. We have pediatricians that are board certified, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

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.