Health Tips

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.

5 Tips to Help with Homework

School is in session and that means homework is in session too. Homework can often be a pain point for parents and children. It can cause a frustrating struggle on a daily basis for families. Homework is an essential part of the learning process and important for children to take seriously.

We asked Kids Health to share their tips to encourage your child while doing homework! See below for their 5 tips to help your kiddo’s with homework:

1. Get to know the Teacher: If you know the teacher assigning the homework, you will have more of an idea of what they expect for assignments. Ask about their policies and how you as a parent can be involved.

2. Limit Distrations: Create a calm environment with the TV off, iPad away, and focus completely on their school work. Try to have good lighting and supplies needed in reach to help limit distractions.

3. Monitor and Motivate: Monitor their assignments by asking about the progress and status of each and checking the completion of them. Motivate them with encouragement and being available for questions.

4. Set a Good Example: Try to set an example of diligence and hard work by sitting and working or reading a book. Kids will succeed and try to follow in parents’ footsteps.

5. Praise Praise Praise: Hang good grades or projects on the refrigerator and mention achievements to relatives. Never stop encouraging and praising.

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Check out more Homework Tips from Kids Health here


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.


 

Get Fit Friday: Secret Smoothies

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways toy get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!

Growing up, we were all told we had to eat our vegetables. Raw, boiled, baked, or pan seared… some children are harsh critics for getting their greens. However, there is a secret way to sneak in extra greens without your children knowing: Green smoothies!

Green smoothies have many health benefits and can include any greens such as: spinach, lettuce, kale, or collard greens. They offer pure nutrition and TONS of vitamins. They are low in calories but very filling. They help with hydration and digestion. Green smoothies are the perfect way to conceal extra greens in your child’s diet.

Photo Courtesy of: Family Sponge

Photo Courtesy of: Family Sponge

Check out these 5 tips to from Whole Life Nutrition to consider when first introducing green smoothies to your kiddos:

1 – Start with MORE fruit and LESS greens: When you begin making these smoothies, you can sneak a few kale or spinach leaves without changing the color of the smoothie. Gradually you can add more greens each time.

2 – Use Creamy Fruits: Frozen bananas and avocados are great to add to smoothies. This will give it a rich and creamy feel!

3- Use a High Powered Blenders: If you can, use a high powered blender because these will thoroughly break down the greens so the smoothie is extra smooth. Chunks left by a regular blender may be less desirable by a child.

4- Serve with a Straw: In kid’s minds, straws make everything more fun and easier to drink!

5 – Use a colored or opaque cup for serving: If kids see green, they may not like it! This way they can taste the goodness with their mouths instead of being afraid to try it.

Do your kiddos enjoy greens? Have any green smoothie recipes for us? Check out more from Whole Life Nutrition here.

 

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.

Trick-or-Treat Tips

As well as providing superior pediatric care for your little ones, Dr. Whitenton has an array of knowledge of helpful tips for your family! With school back in session, Dr. Whitenton is here to talk about children’s allergies and staying safe while trick-or-treating this year!

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Halloween remains one of the most exciting and fun holidays for kids, but for a number of children, it can be a life-threatening challenge.  Most parents are familiar with rules at daycare and school regarding peanut butter and other allergens in children’s lunches, snacks, and treats, but a great deal of care must be taken for children at Halloween with tree nut allergies.

Imagine the disappointment of going trick or treating, collecting an orange plastic pumpkin full of treats that aren’t usually enjoyed in large quantities for the rest of the year, and examining the bounty only to find they can’t be enjoyed because of an allergy.  Many parents avoid that disappointment by avoiding participation in the holiday at all.  Having treats available to kids on Halloween that are free from common allergens such as peanuts means that all children can participate in and enjoy a fun night trick-or-treating.

One way to communicate to families that you have non-food treats available is to place a pumpkin on your front porch that’s painted teal.  It’s a universal sign to families that your treats are safe.  Some ideas for non-food treats would be vampire teeth, spider rings, stickers, pens and pencils, or glow sticks.

For a list of peanut-free treats, visit this website:  http://www.allergysf.com/safety/candy/nuts/

To learn more about the teal pumpkin project, visit:  https://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project


Dr. WhitentonDr. Kristi Whitenton is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, followed by general pediatrics residency at the University of  Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  After two years of additional training in pediatric critical care, she became a medical director for Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care in San Antonio.  In August 2014, she joined Urgent Care for Kids as the medical director for the Austin area.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a son attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and supporting the visual and performing arts.


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.

Get Fit Friday: Balance and Benefits

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways to get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!

 

 

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Having an active lifestyle is so important to overall health, and yet it is so easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. Understanding the benefits of exercise can help you and your family begin healthy habits such as cardiovascular exercise and strength training. However you choose to get moving, it’s important that you do. This week, we invited fitness experts, Jami and Eryn with Nema Verda, to share some of the benefits of exercise!

Cardiovascular exercise benefits

  • Strengthens your heart muscle, yes your heart is a MUSCLE
  • Reduces fat, while building muscle
  • Helps build type I muscle fibers, which are good for endurance and last for long periods of time
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Increases the rate of various processes in your body, known as your metabolism

Strength Training benefits

  • Increases bone density, which is extremely important to maintain when getting older. Our bones lose their density as we age, especially in women causing osteoporosis
  • Builds muscle density which helps decrease your body fat
  • Increases your HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), while decreasing your LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Improves your overall body flexibility, which reduces the risk of muscle pulls and back pain
  • More muscle = more calories burned at rest. For every 3 pounds of muscle built, burns an additional 120 calories per day at rest

Differences cardio vs strength

  • Cardio burns more calories per minute (average 10-12), versus strength training (average 8-10)
  • You burn more calories after strength training because your body is trying to help your muscle recover

 


 

eryn-and-jami-2 Jami and Eryn both have Bachelors in Exercise Sports Science degrees from Texas State. Both lovers of adventure, sports, and fitness, they came together and created Nema Verda in 2016. In their freetime, they enjoy any outdoor activity and traveling!

A message from Jami and Eryn: As humans we evolve in order to survive and adapt to our surroundings. We need balance in order to maintain a long and healthy life. From work to family to our own happiness, we must find the perfect balance. The same goes for exercise. We must have cardiovascular endurance while obtaining brute strength. It is important to include both types of exercises in your weekly exercise routine. Taking all of this into account, this is why we created Nema Verda. We felt that people need help when it comes to “the perfect balance.” We have put together multiple programs that include both strength and conditioning, and nutritional guidance. All workouts can be done under an hour at your home, gym, or any outdoor setting.

For more information about Nema Verda visit their page at www.nemaverda.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.


 

Flu Season: 2015 vs. 2016

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The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, and in some cases it can be fatal. Every year more than 200,000 people in America are hospitalized due to influenza.

Today, Urgent Care for Kid’s very own, Dr. Vu Nguyen will share important information about this year’s flu season.


It’s about that time again for cold north winds to bring us much needed temperature relief. As the temperature drops, the flu/influenza season typically begins. Be aware that this year is a little different that last year in terms of vaccinations. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) has advised not to use FluMist, the nasal spray flu vaccine due to poor performance compared to the injection form. Keep in mind that this recommendation is for this year only and may change for future seasons.

Currently there are two different flu vaccinations. We still have the traditional vaccine that is tri-valent. This vaccine will protect you against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. The other vaccine being offered is quad-valent. This vaccine will protect you against the same three flu viruses listed above plus an additional B virus.

So which one should I get!? The CDC has made it clear that there should be no preference between any of the approved inject-able vaccines. If you are 6 months and older, it is important that you get the flu vaccine every year. Aim to get vaccinated as soon as it becomes available or at least by October. Remember it takes about two weeks for your body to produce appropriate antibodies after vaccination.


nguyenDr. 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 three of our locations (East Round Rock, Cedar Park, and West Round Rock) 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.

Kids in the Kitchen: A Healthy Twist on a Family Favorite

After a long day at school, cooking dinner with your children can be a great way to wind-down and spend quality time with them. Cooking is a wonderful skill to learn early on, and teaching healthy habits can go hand-in-hand with that. This week in our “Kids in the Kitchen” series, we want to share a healthy twist on a family favorite: Spaghetti. For a healthy twist, you can use spaghetti squash instead of pasta!

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Photo courtesy of: http://paleogrubs.com/

For this recipe, you’ll need the following:

  • 1 Large Spaghetti Squash (cut in half by an adult)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 24oz Jar of Marinara
  • Ground Turkey

Step 1.

First, you’ll slice the spaghetti sqaush lengthwise. Have your little one’s scoop out the seeds and throw them away. Place the two halves of spaghetti squash on a baking sheet. Help your kids drizzle olive oil over the “spaghetti “and then turn each piece upside down so that the outer shell faces upwards.  Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 400 degrees.

Step 2.

In large skillet, add olive oil and bring to medium heat. Add ground turkey and brown the meat. Next, combine the marinara sauce with the ground turkey and turn the heat on low.

Step 3.

Remove the cooked spaghetti squash from the oven and turn each half over. Let your child use a fork to scrape the spaghetti from the shell. As they run the fork through the spaghetti squash it will begin to form thin spaghetti-like pieces!

Step 4.

Scoop the spaghetti squash out on to plates, and pour the sauce over each serving. Lastly, and most importantly, enjoy a healthy dinner with your kids!


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.


 

Get Fit Friday: Myth Busters

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways to get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!


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Between friends, family, celebrities, magazines, and social media there is a constant flow of fitness information out there. Some of it true, some of it false. Over time, certain ideas about fitness have stuck and some of these are incorrect myths. Who can you believe?!

Health.com is a trusted source when it comes to health and fitness and so we went right to the source to uncover the truth behind these myths.

Check out the Most Common Fitness Myths

  • Crunch Crunch Crunch: Since crunches do not burn a lot of calories, they don’t help much with fat loss. Planking and bridges are more effective.
  • Sweat it Out: Unfortunately, the amount you sweat does not equal the amount of calories you burned. It is a natural response that cools your skin.
  • Stretch to Recovery: According to a recent study, stretching right after a workout has no significant change in blood lactate levels which are a measure of how fatigued your muscles are.
  • 45 Minutes or else: Studies have shown that doing shorter workouts throughout the day are more effective than one long workout. Shooting for 250 minutes of exercise per week for the ultimate health benefit.
  • More Gym, More Better: If you spend all of your time in the gym, your body will become fatigued. Overtraining can cause injury. Make sure to schedule in rest days and keep your workouts varied.

Check out more Fitness Myths from Health.com here!

 

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.

 

 

Get Fit Friday: Sugar Swap

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways to get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!


Reducing your sugar intake is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health. Sugar addiction is real and we have become so accustomed to the added sugars in our diet that we do not always taste what we are eating.

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Photo Credit: www.claudiazapata.com

Here are 5 EASY tips on how you reduce daily sugar intake:

1. Swap sparkling water for soda.

If you are addicted to soda, try any kind of sparkling water. The bubbles and sweetness will quench that craving and cut your sugar intake by a lot.

2. Swap spaghetti squash or zoodles for pasta.

Simple carb foods are those that your body breaks down quickly and easily, such as sweeteners  and refined grains. These are the carbs that cause spikes in blood sugar. Cutting out starchy pasta is a great way to save calories. Replace them with spaghetti squash or use a spiralizer on a zucchini and make homemade zoodles.

3. Swap unsweetened coconut, almond, or cashew milk for cows milk.

When you are a baby, you are given milk to grow. When you are a full grown adult, the cons of cows milk can outweigh the pros. Give coconut, almond, or cashew milk a try and it will improve many things, including digestion.

4. Swap an apple or cherries for candy.

Try a crunchy, sweet fruit substitute for that sugar coated candy. If you have a sweet tooth, this will suppress that craving.

5. Swap lettuce for a hamburger bun.

Bread can contain added sugars, empty calories, and other unrecognizable ingredients. Cut back on bread and add in vegetables! Try to wrap your sandwich or burger in lettuce.

These small changes could potentially have a significant difference on your overall health. If you have a yummy low-sugar recipe, share it with us on social media with the hashtag #UrgentCareforKids!


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.


 

Ready, Set, Read!

As well as providing superior pediatric care for your little ones, Dr. Whitenton has an array of knowledge of helpful tips for your family! With school back in session, Dr. Whitenton is here to talk about encouraging healthy reading habits, even before children enter their school years!

Back to school means back to books, but reading skills start much earlier than school.  Reading aloud to kids lays groundwork that is important for future success in school and beyond.  It creates an environment that explains the structure of language in both written and verbal form, and it enhances bonding between child and parent.  Problems with reading often equate to poor performance in school, which may be a struggle for years.  A strong foundation in language, communication, and logical thinking skills will help support early childhood education to ensure a smooth transition into the school years.  Toddlers and pre-schoolers who view books as a treat are more likely to choose reading over television and video games as they grow into students.  Recent studies have actually demonstrated important changes in the brains of children who are exposed to literacy activities in the home.  Parents are the biggest influences in kids’ lives and can truly make a significant investment in adult success by creating a home environment in which literacy can flourish.


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Dr. Kristi Whitenton is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, followed by general pediatrics residency at the University of  Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  After two years of additional training in pediatric critical care, she became a medical director for Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care in San Antonio.  In August 2014, she joined Urgent Care for Kids as the medical director for the Austin area.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a son attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and supporting the visual and performing arts.


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.

Get Fit Friday: Trotting with Tots

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways to get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!


Trotting with Tots is a group of exercise-friendly, hardworking mama’s who meet on a weekly basis and go on various runs across Austin, with their strollers in tow. When it comes to everyday fitness and where to begin, we went to Loren McEllin, the founder of Trotting with Tots to answer all of our questions!

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What made you want to start Trotting with Tots?

When we first moved to Austin in the early Spring of 2014, we didn’t really know anyone. Sure, my husband had his co-workers, but they were mainly single and/or without kiddos.  In addition, we really wanted to be able to socialize our son, who was 19 months old at the time, without having to pay a huge chunk of money for daycare—especially since I was planning on being a stay at home mom for awhile.  So after some brainstorming, and some stroller-toting runs (because how else was I to exercise during the day?), Trotting with Tots was born.  May 2014 was our first meet-up at Town Lake along Lady Bird Trail, and we had a very good turnout. Over half of the members who participated that day are still very active members of the group today!

When you’re having a tough day on which you don’t feel like a workout, what inspires you to go out there and do it?

We all have our tough days, especially when our minions are not cooperating or when we have recently added a new member to the family (i.e. a newborn), but there is nothing better than the way you feel after a workout with the group.  My little ones also help inspire me by looking forward to our runs.  They know they will have the opportunity to see their friends and play if they cooperate while mommy has her ‘me time’ (better described as the time when Mommy is running and endorphins are kicking in!).  It’s certainly nice knowing you can meet with friends that have similar interests, get in a good workout (or therapy session), see your children smiling and laughing with the friends they’ve made, all while they’re expensing energy, playing outside and getting prepped for a good nap.

What are some of your favorite exercises that you don’t have to go to a gym for?

Running in the great outdoors.  This beautiful city is made for outside fun!  There are so many parks, trails, splash pads, swimming pools, etc. that residents are able to take advantage of, so why wouldn’t we?  We meet all over Austin, up to 5 times a week—from Georgetown to Buda—and we experience it all on foot.  It’s amazing what you don’t notice in a car that you truly cherish when you see it up close.

It’s also wonderful being able to exercise with the kids, and teach them about the importance of staying healthy.  By running with them, we are setting a very good example.  My oldest kiddo often will chant from the stroller when he sees a big hill coming, ‘Come on Mommy, you can do it!’  Melts my heart and helps me get up that hill even on the toughest of days.

What advice would you give to a busy mom who cares about her health just starting out on her fitness journey?

We have ALL been there!  I know sometimes groups of Moms, such as Trotting with Tots, can feel overwhelming for so many reasons—friendships have already been made, people are running further and faster than me, I don’t want my kids to embarrass me, etc.  Again, we have ALL been there.  I think I have, hands down, one of the most embarrassing stories that a Mom could have while exercising with her kiddos, and if you ever want to know so that you feel better about making a start, I’d be more than happy to share!  Yes, friendships have been made in the group, but we have plenty room for more.  We are not a clique, we do not talk poorly about one another, we do not judge. We support one another, our children and our partners.  This group has been a life-changer for me, and I hear the same from other members.  Its our shrink, our second set of ears and eyes, our vice, our sanctuary— it is whatever you need it to be.  Start slow, just meet for play times at first if need be, get to know us and I promise you’ll be addicted.

Want to learn more or join in on the fun?  Here’s the link to our website:

http://www.trottingwithtots.com

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Loren is the founder and leader of Trotting with Tots. She logs dozens of miles every week, with two kids in tow. She makes sure the group runs are spread out from Pflugerville to Buda so all members have a chance to trot on their home turf. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, designing custom sheets and shirts, cooking meals for people in need, and photography.

 

 

 


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.

Back to School Craft

Summer is coming to an end and school is approaching quickly. What better way to get in the zone and prepare for school than doing a fun, easy, back to school craft? This is a fun activity for all ages and can generate excitement for the school days ahead.

Check out this adorable “Back to School Pencil Craft” by Crafty Morning:

Materials Needed:

-Yellow Paint

-4 Popsicle sticks

-Paintbrush

-Black market

-Pink/tan paper

Step 1: Measure and cut the pink paper to make a square shaped eraser. Measure and cut the tan paper to make the shape of a pencil (rectangle with a triangle on one end)

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Step 2: Glue 4 popsicle sticks onto the tan pencil paper and paint the sticks yellow

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Step 3: Finish off the craft by drawing a black tip to the pencil and glue on the pink eraser.

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Have any fun Back to School Craft Ideas? Let us know!

 

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.

Sneaky Steps

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways to get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!


Between iPads, iPhones, Wii, XBox, Computer games, and Playstation, sometimes the word “exercise” may not thrill your child. Getting some exercise in and getting your heart rate up is so important for your health. Here are a few tips to motivate your kiddos into getting a little bit of extra exercise:

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  1. Park the car at the furthest parking spot: When you take your kids to their activities or to the store, make it a habit to park in the very back of the parking lot. Just that little bit of extra movement for their legs could make a big difference!
  2. Dance Party: Crank up the music and get your hips shaking. You don’t have to be a good dancer to work up a good sweat, so teach them a line dance or introduce them to your old favorite song. You can jump up and down and wave your arms! Between the laughter and silliness, you will barely realize you are getting your heart rate up!
  3. An Old Fashion Race: Who remembers the classic line of: “I’ll race you!”? A little healthy competition is good in kids and when they believe they can actually beat Mom or Dad in a race, they will feel very proud. Challenging them to a friendly race will give them a burst of energy and of course spread a lot of laughter.
  4. Family Walk: After dinner, when it is starting to cool down, encourage the whole family to go for a walk. You can talk about your day, or just unwind while looking around at nature. Something as simple as getting outside can be quite fun for the entire family!

Not only will theses activities encourage exercise and healthy habits, but they will be fun for the whole family and create lasting memories!

 

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.

Boost Your Baby’s Eye Health While Having Fun!

Boosting your baby’s eye health may not always be at the top of your parenting to-do list. You might have never even thought about your baby’s eye health all that much until now.

Truth be told, baby eye exercises are an essential part of your child’s development. They can strengthen the eye over time and build healthier vision as they grow. A study published in PLoS One (2013) found that eye exercises might improve cognitive performance. This of course is an important factor to growing up.

Boosting your baby’s eye health may also help them avoid glasses and/or contacts over a longer period. And the longer they can avoid those eye problems, the better. Employing eye exercises for your infant doesn’t need to be a daily chore either.

Baby eye exercises can be an enjoyable way for you and your baby to play while boosting eye health. You may already be doing a few of these simple exercises already, and not even know it.

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Shift Views for Your Baby’s Eye Health

From birth, your baby begins developing those peepers. Everything begins a bit fuzzy for them, only able to focus on objects eight to ten inches in front of them. By three months, however, they begin following moving objects, according to the American Optometric Association.

Once your baby begins finding and following you or other objects, boost your baby’s eye health with shifting views. Shifting views is an essential part of eye development. You might be doing this during playtime already.

Lie out your baby’s toys and begin grabbing your baby’s attention with each individual toy. Once they focus on one toy, excite them with another, allowing them to shift views from one toy to the other. Toys that rattle and make noise are better attention grabbers, and a two-hand method may work well too.

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Tracking Exercise for Better Baby’s Eye Health

Strengthening and improving pupil movement is another key aspect to boosting your baby’s eye health. And it is fun for you and your little one to do. The key to this eye exercise is to have your baby only move his or her pupil, and not their head.

Your baby may have a favorite toy by now. Or you may be their favorite toy at the moment as well. Placing your baby in their stroller, in an upright position, begin moving their favorite toy, or yourself from one side to the other.

Remember, you want only the pupils to be moving, and not their head. Head movement can be reserved for the shifting views eye exercise previously discussed. You may find that funny faces and noises will help keep your baby’s attention during this eye exercise. Causing a few excited laughs from him or her, and you as well.

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Build Hand Eye Coordination

Boosting your baby’s eye health can also be achieved through building hand eye coordination. Your baby will begin grabbing for just about everything at some point within the first few months.

As challenging as this new freedom may be for you as a parent. It is vital for your baby’s eye development, as well as mental and physical health development. Researchers at the University of Indiana found hand eye coordination to be at the heart of cognitive and social skills.

Placing one of your baby’s favorite toys a few inches in front of them will offer several eye health benefits. Your baby will first need to focus on the toy, and then bring their hand to grab a more detailed piece of the toy.

Your baby’s eye health is vital to furthering their growth. The best part about using these simple and fun eye exercises is that your baby doesn’t know they are exercises. It is just another round of playtime with mom and dad.

About the Author: Tara Heath is a 37 year old health professional and works as a freelancer writer in the evenings. Her writing focuses mainly on health, such as skincare and how to live a healthy lifestyle overall. She lives in Burbank, Ca. with her husband and two beautiful daughters ages eight and twelve. 

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Name: Anthony Nguyen

Job Title: Pediatrician

Hometown: Seattle

Favorite Sports Team: Seattle Seahawks

What is your favorite thing about Urgent Care for Kids? The kids and their chubby cheeks

What three traits define you?  Punctual, Creative, Organized

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Jazz

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? Seattle, no place like home!

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Chef

How do you define success? Laughter

What is the best book you have ever read? The Hobbit

Tell us something that might surprise us about you: I can make a mean chocolate souffle.

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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.