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    Urgent Care for Kids Opens 10th Clinic in Texas

    - by Christine Walsh

    ALLEN, TX – Urgent Care for Kids opens its fourth Dallas-Fort Worth clinic in Allen, Texas effective November 15, 2017. Urgent Care for Kids in Allen is located at 919 Medical Drive in Allen and is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. “Our goal is to help families avoid the high costs of emergency room visits for urgent needs and ensure that their children are treated by providers specializing in pediatrics,” said Brian White, CEO of Urgent Care for Kids. Urgent Care for Kids accepts all forms of insurance,…

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    How to Stop a Bully

    - by Christine Walsh

    It’s the classic scenario that plagues playgrounds, classrooms and just about everywhere – the bully. Even adults can think back to our grade school days and remember that mean kid who would humiliate others or even become violent. And technology nowadays makes it too easy for kids to take the taunting online creating hurtful, cyber nightmares. What provokes these kids? What do their parents have to say? If your child is getting the brunt of a toxic, bully situation, these questions have probably left you more baffled and upset than not. One thing is for sure, and that is bullying…

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    November Duck of the Month

    - by Christine Walsh

    Our mascot, Dr. Duck, and his friends love comforting patients when they visit Urgent Care for Kids. Since Urgent Care for Kids opened, we have used rubber ducks as a way to cheer up our patients. When a patient leaves our clinic, they get to hold onto these ducks as a reminder that Dr. Duck is here to ensure a healthy future for them and their family. This month, we are thrilled present the Thanksgiving Ducks as “Duck of the Month!”   These adorable, rubber ducks provide enjoyment, relief, and can easily put a smile on every patient’s face. Going to…

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    Halloween Trick or Treat Safety

    - by Christine Walsh

    Warning: Beware of werewolfs, mummies and witches in your neighborhood! OK – maybe we are exaggerating. Halloween is just around the corner, and our little creatures will be on the prowl for sweets. Even adults get in on the fun these days! Trick or treating is one activity so many families look forward to, but it can be easy for kids to get caught up in all of the action and find themselves in a dangerous situation. Before you take to the streets, consider these Halloween night safety tips: 1. Use the Buddy System If your children are going trick…

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    BOO The Flu this Halloween

    - by Christine Walsh

    The chilly weather has settled in as we approach the end of October. Now is the perfect time to receive your vaccine – in style! Bring your family into any Urgent Care for Kids location to receive discounted flu vaccines from October 30 – November 1. Children can receive a pediatric flu shot for $10 and adults may receive a vaccine for $20. All patients dressed in their Halloween costumes are eligible, so don’t miss out on giving the flu the BOO! Upon arriving, feel free to utilize our easy online check-in feature to schedule your appointment and give our…

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    Gratitude is Always in Season

    - by Christine Walsh

    Our friendly and talented Medical Director, Dr. Kristi Whitenton, shares a worthwhile medical message to families everywhere. If you agree the fall and winter season is more than cooler weather and gifts, give this blog a like and share! “What if kids were grateful all year instead of the last Thursday in November?  Parents can help set a tone of gratitude in so many different ways.  Turning statements that would normally be a complaint into an observation of thankfulness is one way to model this.  Saying, “Gosh, it’s cold and rainy outside, but we are so fortunate to have a…

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    Parenting

    Difficult Conversations with Kids

    - by Christine Walsh

    Kids love to ask questions…about everything! When caught off guard, it can be tricky for moms and dads to find the right answers. Our little ones truly rely on family to understand and cope with reality, especially with the recent events our country has faced. Difficult conversations like these are so important to have as a family. So how can we as parents break the ice?   The first piece of advice parenting experts give is to emphasize there’s nothing your kids can’t come to you with. Any topic is okay to talk about. Even if parents don’t have a response…

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    Cute Halloween Costumes

    - by Christine Walsh

    It’s the first weekend of October, and the big question is already looming over our heads. What do your kids want to dress up as for Halloween? Little ones with their parents in tow are already flocking to costume stores to get the best pick and other families are getting crafty by making their own. Not to mention the options are as endless as a zombie’s afterlife. In hopes of making you or your child feel a little less overwhelmed, here are our mom tested and kid approved Halloween 2017 costume picks! Have ideas of your own? Don’t hesitate to…

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    Pediatric Nurses Week 2017

    - by Christine Walsh

    We had so much fun celebrating Pediatric Nurses Week here at Urgent Care for Kids! Our pediatric-trained nurses make a huge difference through big and little actions every single day. Whether it be examining a patient or calming a worried parent’s nerves, these team members play an instrumental role in caring for your children like they are our own and providing quality care when your family needs it the most. We couldn’t be happier they each choose to be an Urgent Care for Kids nurse for many reasons too. Here’s to our wonderful pediatrics nurses! Urgent Care for Kids is…

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    Health TipsPatient Education

    Prepping for the Flu Season with Dr. Whitenton

    - by Christine Walsh

    It’s the most wonderFLU time of the year! That’s right – flu season is upon us. Fortunately, children and adults can now receive a flu vaccine at any Urgent Care for Kids location. Just stop in or easily make an appointment online! But what about that old saying “the flu shot makes you sick?” And does your family really need vaccines this year? Our Chief Medical Director, Dr. Kristi Whitenton, sheds some light on common misconceptions, influenza facts and proactive steps your household can take to stay healthy and ultimately avoid catching the flu.     What are the basic…

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    Urgent Care vs. Emergency Care

    - by Christine Walsh

    Which is which? In the heat of the moment, knowing the best place to take your child for medical attention can feel overwhelming. Rest assured that Urgent Care for Kids is equip with pediatric-trained specialists to provide your family the best answer. Over the years, we’ve assisted families in a variety of scenarios and are excited to share a guide showing the difference between urgent care and emergency care.   Urgent care is defined as a condition that requires immediate care but is not life threatening. Urgent Care for Kids is the perfect place to bring your child for situations like…

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    Get Connected with Local Parents

    - by Christine Walsh

     Who knows the daily life of a parent better than…well…parents. From celebrating accomplishments to venting frustrations, it’s important for moms and dads to have a support network that gives them and their children a sense of community and understanding. Joining a parenting group is a great way to create this sense of belonging as well as getting the scoop on recommendations and making new family friends. The good news is there are countless of local outlets that do just this for parents of multiples, preschoolers, twins and everything else in between! We did some digging in Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort…

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    Dr. Duck Cares – Hurricane Harvey Relief

    - by Christine Walsh

    Family is one of the most important things we have. Our Texas Gulf Coast communities showed us this in the recent events of Hurricane Harvey. Although this storm left a deep mark, there is an echo of pure strength and generosity throughout the nation that can’t be missed. Needless to say, we are all in this together and together we can make a difference. Harvey Relief Fundraiser and Donation Drive We searched for the best way to support our community, and decided to host a diaper drive in support of the Texas Diaper Bank as well as host a fundraiser for…

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    Urgent Care for Kids Now Open in Frisco with Expanded Services

    - by Christine Walsh

    Urgent Care for Kids’ Frisco location expands operating hours to 12 – 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on weekends effective September 1, 2017. The after-hours pediatric urgent care also released a new online website making it easier for families to check-in, manage bills and insurance and connect with leading pediatricians. Urgent Care for Kids accepts all commercial insurances and Texas specialty insurances, including Medicaid. “We are thrilled to offer even more convenient and affordable care to our patients and their families,” said Vice President of Marking and Customer Service Melissa Bauman. “The growing demand of…

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    Smart Start to School with Dr. Whitenton

    - by Christine Walsh

    It’s about that time. Saying goodbye to those long and relaxing summer days is not always fun, but welcoming the school year with a smile and positive attitude isn’t as hard as you may think. Here to share helpful ways to quite those first-day butterflies in your stomach is our friendly and talented Medical Director, Dr. Kristi Whitenton: “Back to school is often an anxiety provoking experience for both parents and kids.  Getting back on track often means adjusting bedtimes well before school starts to ensure the kids aren’t zombies during the first week of school.  Changing as many morning tasks to…

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    Dr. Duck Cares – Christ’s Haven Diaper Drive

    - by Christine Walsh

    Urgent Care for Kids is hosting a diaper drive for Christ’s Haven for Children. This is a group foster home in our very own Keller, Texas. We love the selfless service and amazing programs Christ’s Haven has for at-risk youth. So we thought it was time to give back! Urgent Care for Kids is accepting diaper donations and other baby items, such as baby food and wipes, through the end of September! You can drop these items off at our Keller location during business hours. Christ’s Haven is always accepting item and time donations. They have opportunities year-round to volunteer.…

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    Back To School Blues

    - by Christine Walsh

    Wait a minute. You mean your kids aren’t excited to go back to school? The back-to-school blues are no fun for any parent or little one. It is normal for the approaching first day back to cause some level of anxiety, especially if your family is transitioning into a new school. Fortunately, there’s good news! The new academic year is a fresh start that brings so much excitement to look forward to. If your family is struggling to get out of the summer swing, here are our best tips to get you ready for class: 1. Gear Up: This time of…

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    Urgent Care for Kids Launches New Website

    - by Christine Walsh

    Urgent Care for Kids releases a new online website including cutting-edge check-in tools, easier online bill pay accessibility and an integrated blog featuring articles from leading experts on parenting and pediatric health. The enhanced patient experience debuts July 2017. “We are excited to offer even more accessible and affordable care to our patients and their families,” said Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service, Melissa Bauman. “The growing demand for an all-inclusive, pediatric healthcare option has peaked, and Urgent Care for Kids aims to meet and exceed this expectation. We are thrilled to be taking great strides in pediatric care.”…

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    April Duck of the Month

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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. These cute rubber duck friends…

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    RSV 101

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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,…