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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,…

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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…