5 Autumn Activities For Kids

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The fall season brings about cooler temperatures, fall breaks from school and shorter days. Whether your child is home during the day or looking for an after-school activity to keep him or her busy, this list will give you plenty of ideas for autumn activities.

Create an Autumn Leaf Collection

Take advantage of the gorgeous fall weather to take a nature walk with your child. Have him or her collect as many colorful autumn leaves as possible. Once your walk is finished, compare and contrast all the different types of leaves that were collected. Encourage your child to trace all the different leaves to learn about their different shapes and sizes.

Find an Apple Orchard

One of the most classic fall activities of all time is apple picking at an orchard. Pack a picnic and make a day of the adventure. Once your child has picked as many apples as they’d like, bake an apple pie at home to show your child how fresh food goes from tree to table.

Build a Wreath

Refresh your front door with something festive. Wreaths are very simple to put together and can be a fun way to begin decorating for the new season. Stop by your local arts and crafts supply store to find everything you need to build your wreath.

Play Dress Up

Begin brainstorming for Halloween with some old-fashioned dress-up. Whether your child prefers to be a pirate or a princess, find items around the house that can imagined into your child’s favorite characters.

Make a Bird Feeder

This bird feeder is an easy craft you and your child can make together. Pinecones, peanut butter, birdseed and string are the only things you need for this project. Have your child identify the birds or count them as they begin to visit the feeder to make this activity educational as well.

Play Old-School Games

Classic games like tag, four square and hide-and-go-seek never go out of style. Teach your child some of your favorite childhood games and take some time to play with them.

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For more new parenting and safety tips, 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.

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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Natural Cures for a Sore Throat

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While sore throats will typically go away without medical treatment, they can still be painful and annoying. It’s a good idea to use some natural remedies for your child’s sore throat to help alleviate the pain and prevent it from turning into something more serious. If your child is suffering from a sore throat, there are a few things you should know as you treat the infection.

What Causes Sore Throats?

  • Viral infections: Your child’s sore throat may be a result of the common cold, laryngitis, mono or other viral infections.
  • Bacterial infections: Your child’s sore throat could be caused by a bacterial infection—a result of strep throat, tonsillitis, an infection around the tonsils (peritonsillar abscess) or other bacterial infections.
  • Irritants and injuries: If your child has suffered throat irritation from smoking, air pollution, yelling or nasal drainage, he or she may experience a sore throat. An injury to the back of the throat, such as a cut or puncture, can also cause a sore throat.

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How to Treat a Sore Throat Naturally

  • Have your child gargle with salt water to help reduce swelling. It is recommended that he or she gargle hourly with 1 teaspoon of salt mixed with 8 fluid ounces of warm water.
  • Place a humidifier in your child’s room. This will help alleviate pain and stop hoarseness. If you don’t own a humidifier, you can also place a shallow pan of water in their room to provide moisture in the air via evaporation.
  • Keeping your child hydrated is key to treating a sore throat. Hot fluids can also help keep irritation at a minimum.

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If your child is suffering from a sore throat that has lasted a week or longer, consider visiting Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have kid-friendly physicians that are board-eligible in pediatric medicine, 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.

Affordable Summer Field Trips for Kids

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During the summer, it’s easy for kids to get bored without school to keep them busy. If you are ready for your kids to get out and about, consider taking them on a fun field trip alone or with a group of friends. Many people think field trips require a lot of money, but there are a number of them that are very affordable. Next time your kids get antsy to do something this summer, consider one of the field trip options below.

Nature Hike

Early in the morning, before it gets too hot outside, take a trip to a local nature preserve or hiking trail. Print out a fun natural trail checklist so the kids can make a check whenever they spot an acorn, ladybug, feather, etc.

Orchard

Not only will your kids love seeing where apples, cherries, lemons, etc. come from, most orchards will let you take some fruit home with you. With the fruit you receive, you can make a pie or bake something else that lets your kids see fruit from start to finish.

Bakery

Many local bakeries love to show kids what goes on behind the scenes. Call ahead and make sure your bakery allows “tours.” It’s not unusual to get a sweet treat out of the deal too!

Ballgame

While Major League Baseball tickets can get pricey, most towns have at least one minor league team that offers tickets at a very discounted price. Many ballparks even have special games where they cater to kids or give away cool items.

Animal Shelter

Take your kids to the local animal shelter and spend some time with the adoptable dogs and cats. Not only will your kids love this, the animals will be grateful for some much needed TLC!

For more fun summer tips, 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.

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.

 

 

Most Common Summertime Injuries

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Summer can be a great time for kids to spend hours outdoors daily. The long days allow for virtually endless adventure. But it also puts kids at risk for more injuries than normal. However, knowing what the most common summertime injuries are can help you supervise your child properly and prevent those accidental burns, scrapes and bruises.

Biking Accidents

Whether your child is learning how to ride a bike or is a seasoned pro, accidents happen. In fact, bicycling accidents are among the most common reason for emergency room visits. Biking accidents can result in broken arms, mild concussions and even abdominal injuries. Teach your child to always wear a helmet as well as elbow and knee pads whenever they’re on their bike.

Playground Falls

Studies show that more than 200,000 children annually suffer from playground-related injuries in the U.S. From the monkey bars to swings, playground can be dangerous when not used properly. Encourage your child to always follow the playground rules. You can also find playgrounds with soft bedding to further prevent injuries from falls.

Burns

Between campfires and grills, there are a number of ways for your child to burn him or herself during the summertime. Most of the time, this can be prevented simply by adult supervision. Keep your child at a safe distance any time a fire is going and teach them to stay away from grills whenever they’re turned on.

Bee Stings

Because children spend so much time outdoors during the summer, they are at a higher risk of getting stung by a bee. Usually stings will only cause mild discomfort; however, some children may suffer from a severe allergic reaction that could require immediate medical care. Show your children what it looks like to be aware of their surroundings so they can avoid dangerous insects like bees and wasps.

If your child has suffered from an injury, consider seeking medical care at 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.

 

5 Natural Frozen Treats You Must Try

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Popsicles, ice cream and other frozen treats are in high demand during the hot days of summer. Unfortunately, most of the frozen goods you’ll find in stores are packed with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. By making your own treats at home, you can monitor exactly what goes into them. We’ve gathered a few natural frozen treats that your child will love.

Raspberry Cheesecake Freezer Pops

Cool down with these healthy freezer pops that consist of fresh raspberries, plain Greek yogurt, lemon, vanilla extract and honey. Using plain Greek yogurt will help make the freezer pops creamy instead of icy, so the consistency will be more like frozen ice cream instead of a popsicle. This treat is so tasty your child will be begging for more!

Banana Peanut Butter Popsicles

Filled with vitamins, minerals and plenty of protein, these popsicles are the perfect snack for kids on a warm summer day. Bananas, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and mini chocolate chips make up this ice cream-like treat.

Blueberry Chia Popsicles

These popsicles are as healthy as they come and are even great to give teething babies! Simply blend frozen blueberries, avocado, a banana and almond milk, place in popsicle molds, freeze and enjoy!

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Nobody can turn down lemonade during the summer! This healthier version contains strawberries, lemon juice, small amount of cane sugar, ice, water and blueberries to garnish. Have your little one help you blend everything together and pour into glasses for a tasty treat.

Watermelon Slush

With only three ingredients, this slush beats anything you can buy at a fast food restaurant. Watermelon, lime and coconut sugar is blended then frozen to create this goodness. To make this into a slushy, you will need to scrape with a fork every hour or two to keep everything from freezing completely.

For more summer tips and up-to-date medical information, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog.

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 Summer Road Trip Tips

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Many people choose the summer to go on that road trip they’ve wanted to take. While road trips can be a much more affordable way to travel, there are also a number of hazards that are avoided when you fly. Before you hit the road, it’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared so you don’t end up stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Check Out Your Car

Before taking off on a road trip, it’s critical that you give your car a full check-up. Take your car to your usual mechanic so they can take a look at the following things:

  • Filter and oil levels
  • Coolant and windshield wiper fluid
  • Air filter
  • Tires, including the spare tire (also rotate if needed)
  • Belts and hoses
  • Battery and brakes
  • Transmission fluid

Map Everything Out

Don’t wait until you’re pulling out of your driveway to start navigating your trip. Plan your route before leaving (even if it’s just done on an app or Google Maps) and make sure to let someone know exactly where you’ll be driving. You should also take the time to check weather conditions and potential road closures before leaving.

Pack An Emergency Bag

Nobody likes to think about an emergency happening, but it’s smart to be prepared just in case. Fill a soft-sided bag with emergency supplies including: jumper cables, a spare tire (be sure to check the air pressure), roadside flares, first-aid kit, flashlight, tool kit and more.

Practice Safety When Driving

Before pulling out of the driveway, make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt. Any children under the age of 12 should be sitting in the backseat. Finally, if you get tired when driving, pull over to rest or switch drivers.

For more summer tips and up-to-date medical information, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog.

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.