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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,…

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    Urgent Care for Kids Round Rock Expands Hours

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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    14 Ways to Say I Love You

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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    Meet Dr. Duck!

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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    The Holiday Season At UC4K

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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    Urgent Care for Kids Participates in Operation Christmas Child

    - by Melissa Bauman

    The holiday season is a time for giving back, whether that’s by volunteering locally or making the holidays special for someone halfway across the globe. While many people do this with their family members or friends, Urgent Care for Kids, the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, decided to give back as a company. “Giving back is something that not only helps build a stronger team, but it’s something that’s very important to us,” said Melissa Bauman, Vice President of Marketing & Customer Service. “With our team spread out across Texas, it was fun to have a project that…

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    Turkey Day Craft

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Thanksgiving week is upon us and with a lot of kids having a week off school, we found a craft to help keep your family busy. This craft from All Kids Network helps us reflect and think about what to be thankful for this year. What you’ll need: Toilet paper roll Brown paint Paintbrush Red, orange, yellow and green construction paper Magnet Scissors Glue Two Google eyes Black marker How to make your I Am Thankful Turkey craft: Step 1: Cut toilet paper roll in half. Step 2: Paint one half of toilet paper roll brown. Step 3: Trace feather…

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    Trick-or-Treating Safety

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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    5 Tips to Help with Homework

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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    DIY: Mummy Madness

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Halloween is just around the corner. Pumpkins are being carved and costumes are being designed. Mummies are one of the spooky creatures that make an appearance during this Halloween Season and what better way to decorate than adding an homemade Mummy to your home. Toilet Paper Roll crafts are cheap and easy to find in your household! Check out this Halloween Twisted Toilet Paper Roll Craft from Gluesticks and Gumdrops. Materials Needed: -Toilet Paper Rolls -Black Paint -Gauze -Googly Eyes -School Glue Step 1: Paint the toilet paper rolls black. Let them dry. Step 2:…

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    Get Fit Friday: Secret Smoothies

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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    Urgent Care for Kids Presents Childhood Health Day!

    - by Melissa Bauman

    We are excited to announce that we are hosting our first annual Childhood Health Day on Saturday, October 15 in Round Rock!  This family-friendly event will feature games, local vendors, and entertainment, while focusing on teaching kids and their families about living a healthy lifestyle. “October is Childhood Health Month, and we really just wanted to take a day to not only celebrate healthy lifestyles, but educate the community on what that looks like and why it’s important to begin practicing healthy habits at a young age,” said Tomi Fanning, Marketing Director. “We’re excited to have so many community members partner…

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    Urgent Care for Kids McKinney Offers Extended Hours

    - by Melissa Bauman

    An exciting change took place today at Urgent Care for Kids in McKinney! We have expanded our hours to open at 12pm on weekdays, rather than 3pm in order to serve more patients at a time that is convenient for them. Our McKinney location opened in September of 2014, and grew quickly, moving to a new location in October of 2015. This new location, located across from Baylor Scott & White Hospital, is larger than the previous clinic, allowing more space and increasing patient capacity. Since the relocation, the clinic has seen tremendous success and high patient volumes, which led to…

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    Trick-or-Treat Tips

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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! 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…

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    Get Fit Friday- Making Exercise a Lifetime Activity

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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! Regular exercise is important for kids, not only for their current health, but for their future health as well, even into adulthood! It’s important to start instilling in kids early that exercise is a lifetime activity and a longstanding component to a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few tips on how…

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    Fall Craft Fun

    - by Melissa Bauman

    The air is starting to crisp, the colors are starting to change, and the leaves are starting to fall. Autumn is approaching quickly! What better way to celebrate the seasons changing than with a fall craft?! Check out this EASY and fun craft perfect for all ages from Arty Craft Kids: Materials Needed: -A sheet of white paper -Paint (preferably: brown, orange, yellow, green, and red -Q-tips Step 1: Trace your child’s hand and arm with a pencil on the white sheet of paper Step 2: Allow your child to paint the arm and hand brown. This will be our tree…

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    Get Fit Friday: Balance and Benefits

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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!     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…

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    Flu Season: 2015 vs. 2016

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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! For this recipe, you’ll need the following: 1 Large Spaghetti Squash (cut in half by an adult) Extra…