Happy Camper

Oh the joys of summer activities! Many little critters out there (and we don’t mean the bugs!) are getting ready for camp fun – perhaps yours are too. Urgent Care for Kids team members Taylor Meeks and Christine Walsh share their thoughts on today’s camping trends, common concerns from parents and the ultimate benefits summer activities have in store for our kids.

Taylor Meeks, Physician and Community Liaison

Christine Walsh, South Houston Marketing Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CW:

I remember being so excited for summer camp growing up and having the time of my life hiking through the Texas hill country, singing ridiculous songs around the fire and munching on s’mores. It was also special to reunite with friends that lived far away. Had it not been for my summer camp experience, I wouldn’t have met them or gained the sense of independence, responsibility and confidence I have today. And it sparked a new interest – the great outdoors!

 

Whether your kids enjoy nature, learning new tricks on the basketball court or dancing to a beat with new friends, summer camps are the way to go and many agree.

 

TM:

The social aspect of summer camps is the most important part in my opinion. Encouraging children to branch out and meet new people and develop amazing friendships with people from different states and sometimes different countries. Hiking was one of my favorite things about camp as well! I loved going to camps that had a physical component to them because I was a very active child. The sports style camps encourage important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, compassion, and strategizing.

CW:

I also think camp is an excellent growing period for children and their parents. Being away from home for an extended period of time can truly help kids come into their own and apply lessons and skills in social situations. It is natural for kids to get mildly homesick, however, there are so many great steps parents can take to prevent separation anxiety.

 

  1. Including kids in the planning is a great start. No one likes to feel forced to go away to camp.
  2. Having practice time away from home, such as sleeping over at a friend’s house, is a great stepping stone toward day or sleep-away camp too.
  3. And of course any doubts and worries are best kept under wraps. It is best to say things like “I’ll miss you so much but can’t wait to hear about all the fun you had when you get back.” A parent’s confidence and reassurance means so much to kids, both excited and nervous.

 

TM:

I agree! Time away from home is needed for both the parents and the children. It is important for a child to branch out of their comfort zone and develop their independence and social skills.

Another thing that makes summer camp great is forcing the kids to “unplug” from all technology. When children take a break from cell phones, TV, video games and computers it helps rebuild their creativity and forces them to engage with real people in real activities and real relationships.


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. For medical opinions, please visit with our medical staff at our urgent care locations. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

In The News: Counting Sheep

Catching Z’s is something everyone in the family deserves. But, summer is a tricky time to ensure your kiddos (and self!) are getting enough shut eye. According to a recent study, there are benefits to setting a bedtime for teens and youngsters.

Experts say as parents become less involved in their children’s bedtimes, their sleep deprivation appeared to rise. Those with actual bedtimes are 59 percent more likely to get the sleep they need.

It can be a challenge creating a consistent sleep routine for your child, however, a good rule of thumb is to aim for eight to 10 hours of sleep every night. Here are some suggestions on how to keep you family healthy and rested this summer:

  1. Curfew – Agree to head inside and wind down when the street lamps come on or at a specific time to end the day. This is a happy compromise between having fun and keeping to a steady schedule of sleep and even dinner time.
  2. Get Moving – Time to turn off the TV. If your family is up and active, you all will feel healthy and ready to turn in later. Taking a walk, swimming and flying a kite are just a few simple ways to get up and go!
  3. Munch Munch – Just like staying active, eating healthy is just as important when ensuring a rested sleep. Try keeping sugary foods to a minimum during the day so your family isn’t wide awake before bedtime.
  4. Bonus! Tech Time – Our Urgent Care for Kids staff, many of whom are parents themselves, weighed in on technology use playing an important role in your family’s good night’s rest. Our Woodlands Clinic Manager Edie McRae, LVN shares more:

“As a parent of two teens, I know how hectic their schedules can become. As a family, we enforce bedtime by collecting electronic devices for charging overnight & turning off video games/television. This way they are able get a full night’s sleep without interruption. Everyone is happier when getting the proper sleep.”


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. For medical opinions, please visit with our medical staff at our urgent care locations. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

June Duck of the Month

 

Our mascot Dr. Duck and his friends love comforting our patients when they visit Urgent Care for Kids. Since Urgent Care for Kids opened, we have used ducks as a way to cheer up our patients. When a patient leaves our clinic, we want them to continue feeling better and that is where Dr. Duck comes in.

Each month, our patients vote via social media for our next “Duck of the Month.” Most recently, we have had Flamingo Ducks, Camping Ducks, and this month we are thrilled present the Surfer Ducks.

These cute rubber duck friends provide enjoyment, relief, and can easily put a smile on even our toughest of patients’ faces. Going to the doctor is not always fun for kids, but knowing you get one of these yellow buddies at the end of your visit really makes a difference.

Stay tuned next month to vote on our next duck of the month!

 


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. For medical opinions, please visit with our medical staff at our urgent care locations. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

Dr. Duck Gives Back

At Urgent Care for Kids, our goal is to care for your children like they are our own and respect your time because we know it is limited. We strive to provide quality care for you and your children when it matters most. 

Another one of our passions is community involvement. Any way, shape, or form to get involved and serve the communities where our clinics are located is always an incredible experience. We recently partnered with two organizations to serve in Austin, Texas. The organizations we partnered with were STARRY and Texas Baptist Children’s Home

STARRY

“STARRY’s goal is to be a beacon of light for children, youth, and families in the midst of crisis, no matter how big or small. STARRY’s counselors, direct care workers, and case managers guide their clients and residents toward the hope of a better tomorrow. STARRY nurtures children, strengthens families, and restores hope by providing supportive services based on Christian values for children, youth, and families.”

Each foster child is required to have a “Life Book”. This book documents small and large moments in the child’s life and they will take it with them to every home. The goal is to build a foundation of happy memories for these children and to promote healing and stability in the midst of a tumultuous time. Several of our staff members spent a morning constructing these “Life Books”. With their creative gifts and unique ideas, together they brought to life different “Life Books” that will be used by a Foster Child in need.

Click here to learn more about STARRY

 

 

Texas Baptist Children’s Home

“Texas Baptist Children’s Home embraces children and families in need in order to empower and equip them for a promising future. Children, and single mothers with their children, who come to TBCH are often lost, hurting, and hopeless, without a place to turn for help during their time of greatest need. Our residential programs provide a safe home and a stable family environment where they can learn, grow, and ultimately experience a happy, healthy future.”

Texas Baptist Children’s Home is in the backyard of our Round Rock Clinic and Urgent Care for Kids was happy to support the families there. We created a Cereal Box drive where our staff members and patients would drop off boxes of cereal for us to donate to TBCH. With summer around the corner, the growing boys and girls will be needing extra snacks! We successfully donated many boxes, and we look forward to working with them again soon!

 

Click here to learn more about Texas Baptist Children’s Home

 


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

Receptionist Recap

A receptionist is the first person who you see when walking into the clinic and the last person you see when you leave. These talented individuals work fiercely to provide superior customer service to every single person that walks into Urgent Care for Kids. To be able to balance a telephone ringing, patients checking in who are in need of care, all while maintaining a kind and welcoming smile on your face takes true skill and we salute receptionists everywhere. Here at Urgent Care for Kids, we are lucky to have such a terrific group of receptionists who have become patient advocates and leaders in customer service. Urgent Care for Kids would not be the same without having these wonderful people on our team.

Just a couple of our amazing receptionists!

Thank you for all you do!


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.