Patient Education

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

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“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.


 

Creative Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us! Teacher’s are special people who deserve to be celebrated. According to PTA.org, we have been celebrating Teacher Appreciation week officially since 1984. That year, National PTA designated “one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.” Teachers change the lives of millions of children every single day. Their hard work and dedication to these young minds has impacts inside and outside the classroom. It is important to take the time to show appreciation for these incredible people.

We have put together a short list of creative ideas of how to celebrate and show your gratitude to your teacher this year:

 

1 – Gift Card: With so many children to look after and so many supplies to have on hand, a gift card is a great way to show appreciation and take the edge off of a teacher. Or maybe they could use it to treat themselves to something special!

2 – Sweet Treats: You can never go wrong with a sweet treat! Ask the teacher for their favorite candy, cookie, or cupcake flavor and surprise them with a pick me up that will satisfy their sweet tooth!

3 – Framed Photo: Pictures are worth 1000 words and teachers would love a momento from their special students!

4 – Succulent: These plants create a fun atmosphere in the classroom and last a long time! Every time the teacher looks at it they will remember the sweet student that gave it to them

5 – Drink Bottle: Teaching can be tiring, they need to stay hydrated! Get a tumbler, mug, or any kind of cup with a fun design on it! You could even fill it with candy!

Big or small, even a simple “Thank You” to show your appreciation will mean a lot to these wonderful teachers! Have you ever given or received a super special gift for Teacher Appreciation? Share it with us in the comments!


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.


 

 

April 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 dinosaur ducks, heart ducks, and this month we are thrilled present the Artist Ducks.

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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. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

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.

 

Trick-or-Treating Safety

TRICK OR TREAT! Halloween can be one of the best nights of the year for children. They get to dress up, stay up later, and run from house to house asking for candy.

As much fun as this can be, trick-or-treating can be dangerous if parents and children aren’t careful or are unprepared.

Here are some tips from MSN for staying safe while trick or treating:

1. Always Trick or Treat with an Adult: If children are under 12 years old, they should not be alone at night without supervision. If they are mature enough to be alone, they should stay in familiar areas that are well lit and stick with groups.

2. Factory Sealed Snacks Only: Examine your kids’ goodies after trick or treating and make sure all of their treats are sealed properly. Throw away any candy with damaged packaging or homemade treats by strangers

3. Stick to Sidewalks: Halloween brings excitement and children may want to sprint from house to house to collect their candy. However, stick to the sidewalk to ensure safety from cars.

4. Choose Comfortable Shoes: Boots or Heels may be the fashionable choice for your child’s costume but they could lead to stumbling or sore feet. Wearing tennis shoes will make for a more enjoyable evening for all.

5. Make Yourself Visible: If your child has decided to dress in a spooky black outfit, it could be tough for cars or other trick or treaters to see them. Have your child carry a flashlight or a glowstick to light themselves up. Also you could add reflective tape to kid’s bags to make them even more visible.

Check out more Safety tips from MSN here

Urgent Care for Kids wishes you a happy and safe Halloween!

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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.


 

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!

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

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.

Photo Credit: www.claudiazapata.com

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.