RSV 101

RSV! RSV is simply short for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. It is a very, very, very common respiratory virus that infects the airways of the lungs. Typically the viral infection is more severe in the elderly and in infants. Otherwise for most people they will simply experience mild cold-like symptoms; cough, congestion, runny nose, etc.  This infection will generally occur in the late fall, winter, and early spring.

In children less than one year of age, RSV may cause bronchiolitis. Bronchiolitis a fancy term for infection/inflammation of the smallest airway of the lungs. Children may show severe congestion, shortness of breath, respiratory difficulties, and/or wheezing. The symptoms are very similar to asthma. If you suspect RSV, diagnostic tests may be done at your doctor’s office and symptomatic treatment may be necessary. RSV can be very contagious and respiratory precautions are called for. People may become infected from someone’s cough, sneeze, or direct/indirect contact from their secretions. You never build a permanent immunity to the virus so always practice good hand washing and cover up those coughs!


Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Texas Tech School of Medicine and completed his pediatric training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His experience includes Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, and M.D. Anderson. Dr. Nguyen rotates between our two Austin locations (Round Rock and Cedar Park), and he has received rave reviews from both our patients and their families since coming on staff. In his spare time, he enjoys jazz music and cooking.


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.

Urgent Care for Kids Round Rock Expands Hours

We are excited to announce that starting today, March 1, our Round Rock location on Gattis School Road will be offering expanded hours! Previously, we were opened from 3pm-9pm on weekdays, but we have extended our service hours to 12pm-9pm in order to better serve our patients and their families. This Round Rock clinic joins our Cedar Park clinic in offering extended hours, and is the 6th out of 8 clinics across Texas to open earlier in the day.

Our Round Rock clinical team is very excited for this expansion. “We’re happy to be able to provide our Round Rock families with even more opportunities to be seen at a time that’s convenient to them,” said Pamela Dean, Vice President of Operations. “Our Round Rock team is always eager to tackle any challenge, so I’m expecting a smooth transition to this new schedule.” Recently, the Round Rock team won the company-wide Clinic of the Month contest for excellent customer service and review rankings.

The Round Rock clinic serves the communities of Round Rock, Pflugerville, Austin, Hutto, Taylor, and Thrall, and the neighborhoods of Black Hawk, Forest Creek, Terravista, Lake Pointe, Round Rock Ranch, and many more! It is located at 3750 Gattis School Road #900, Round Rock, TX 78664.

 

14 Ways to Say I Love You

Today on the blog, our Austin Area Marketing Director Tomi Fanning is sharing her Valentine’s Day tips!


Hi there! Tomi here. February 14th, also known as Valentine’s Day, is one of my favorite holidays because it is a special holiday where you get to spread the love to those around you! Whether it is your parents, friends, soul mate, teachers, or your cat, love is in the air. There are many ways to do this. I came up with 14 ways to say I LOVE YOU and here they are:

 

1 – Give a big bear hug: hugs make people happy! Go and hug someone you love

2 – Decorate a Valentine’s Day card: No matter what age you are, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to get crafty!

3 – Do something nice and selfless for someone: Take out the trash or put away their laundry. A little act of kindness goes a long way.

4 – Give flowers: This thoughtful gesture is a great one! By the way, my favorites are lilies!

5 – Learn “I love you” in another language: Te Amo (Spanish) , Je T’Aime (French), Ich Lieb Dich (German)! Try one!

6 – Play a song that reminds you of the other personThis is a perfect way to take a walk down memory lane with a lovely tune

7 – Write a list of all the reasons you care about someone: Showing someone the reasons you appreciate them will always be a way to their heart

8 – Decorate and frame an adorable photo of the two of you: Get the whole family involved in decorating and find a photo that captures your relationship.

9 – Leave them a secret note

10 – Create homemade coupons that the other person can redeem: Free massage, free car wash, free room cleaning… the list goes on and on!

11 – Cook them their favorite meal: They say the way to some people’s heart is through their stomach!

12 – Blow a kissSimple and straight to the point!

13 – Watch their favorite movie with themNothing better than a family snuggle session on the couch!

14 – Say “I love you”: Need I say more?!

 

These are just a few of the many ways to tell those around us how much we love them. Put a little bit of thought in and it will mean a lot to the other person. Do you have anything special planned for Valentine’s Day??


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.

Meet Dr. Duck!

If you’ve visited any Urgent Care for Kids clinic, chances are, you’ve seen Dr. Duck! He serves as the mascot for Urgent Care for Kids, and is loved and recognized by many of our patients and their parents. We decided to interview Dr. Duck so you can learn more about how he helps make Urgent Care for Kids the best pediatric urgent care in Texas!

What’s your favorite part about working at Urgent Care for Kids as our mascot?

I love being able to assure parents that they’re at the right place, and help kids feel more comfortable at the doctor. My job is to make Urgent Care for Kids a kid-friendly place, so I love to see kids smiling and on their way to feeling better when they walk out the door! I’m happy to be a face that parents and kids alike recognize, know, and trust.

What do you like to do for fun? 

When I’m not in the clinic, you can find me at community events, visiting schools, or riding around in my Duckmobile! The Urgent Care for Kids marketing directors have taken me to some really fun places, and I love getting to meet all of my little fans. I’m proud to be known as “The Duck Doctor” in Austin, Houston, and DFW!

What are some ways you help kids feel better when they’re at Urgent Care for Kids?

Well, I mostly try to keep them calm so our experienced pediatric providers can do their job well. There are pictures of me and my friends in each clinic and exam room, which can add a little bit of fun and distraction to a doctor’s visit. Also, each child leaves Urgent Care for Kids with a Dr. Duck of their own!

We are so proud to have Dr. Duck as our mascot, and the face of Urgent Care for Kids. He makes it easy for us to be kid-friendly and help each child feel better as soon as possible.

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.

The Holiday Season At UC4K

The holiday season is known for its hustle and bustle, parties with family and friends, and fun traditions, and it’s no different here at Urgent Care for Kids! Between Christmas events, staff parties, and our annual clinic decorating contest, we have been very busy!

Holiday Events

We were out and about in the community quite a bit this holiday season. Throughout the year, we try to be as involved as we can, but there’s something a little more fun and exciting about Christmas events! We participated in multiple events across our three markets, including a special Cookies With Santa event at our Spring, Texas location. In partnership with Kroger, we offered free photos with Santa, cookies, and letters to Santa! It was a great way to connect with our neighborhood in Spring and give back to the community.

Staff Parties

 Here at Urgent Care for Kids, we refer to our team as the Urgent Care for Kids “Family”, so of course we had to celebrate together! Our staff Christmas parties were such a great opportunity to spend time with our staff members outside of clinic hours. We played games, ate great food, and had lots of fun!

Clinic Decorations

Each year, our clinics participate in a decorating contest for the Christmas season, and many of our clinics go above and beyond! We had a variety of themes this year, from Winter Wonderland to Who-ville. This activity is a great teambuilding opportunity, and a chance for our staff to show off their creative side!

Overall, we had a fun and festive holiday season here at Urgent Care for Kids, and we hope you did too!