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    Helping Your Child to Succeed in School

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Today, we have a guest post by Lisa Moss, an experienced educator. She is sharing her tips from a teacher’s perspective on things parents can do at home to help their children achieve their highest potential at school.  Once again it is time for your child to go back to school.  Whether your child is an academic genius, star athlete, musical prodigy, or just a normal, everyday kid, you want them to have a successful school experience. Here are some suggestions for helping your child have a productive year at school: 1. Establish Routines and Expectations Making sure to establish…

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    First Time Scholars

    - by Melissa Bauman

    The transition into Kindergarten is a big step for kids. Some say it is the biggest transition one can experience! This is an exciting time with lots of growth and changes. These tips can help ensure a smooth transition for your little Kindergartners: 1. Consistent Bed and Wake up Times: Having consistency in their early bedtimes and wake up times will create good habits. Their little brains need rest, especially after a long day of learning! If school starts on Monday, start the consistent bed time routine a couple days before to get their bodies used to the schedule. This way, when school…

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    Back to School Craft

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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    Sneaky Steps

    - 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! 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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    Get Fit Friday

    - by Melissa Bauman

      Today, we’re debuting a new blog series, Get Fit Friday! 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!   This time of year, especially in Texas, the heat can deter even the toughest kids from playing outside, which can lead to a few summer couch potatoes in your house! While it’s definitely wise to be cautious in this…

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    Boost Your Baby’s Eye Health While Having Fun!

    - by Melissa Bauman

    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…

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    Summer Days Drifting Away

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Just because the school year is right around the corner doesn’t mean that the fun has to come to an end. With children, days can get long but the years are short. Summer is a great time to do things you have never done before and cherish that family time that is soon to be crammed with school, homework, and other extracurricular activities. Take a look at how to make the best of your remaining summer weeks: Take a Staycation: Try being a tourist in your city. Google: BEST things to do in “your city” and follow that. Sometimes we get too comfortable…

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    Staff Spotlight: Amanda Stuart

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Each and every team member here at Urgent Care for Kids performs a crucial task that keeps our clinics running smoothly and helps make each patient’s visit a success. We want to give you a chance to get to learn more about our staff that you may see in our clinics and what makes them so great! Staff Spotlight: Meet Amanda! Name: Amanda Stuart Job Title: Nurse/Office Manager Hometown: Odessa, Texas Favorite Sports Team: Houston Texans What is your favorite thing about Urgent Care for Kids? The Patients. I love helping children in need and it makes me feel incredibly proud when I go home…

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    Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room Q&A

    - by Melissa Bauman

    At least once every day, we receive a phone call from a parent asking whether they should take their child to an urgent care facility, or the emergency room. While each scenario is different, we’ve gathered a few common stories that lead to the question of urgent care vs. emergency room, and we’re going to explain each one! Parent: “My child fell on the playground and has a cut on his leg. I think he might need stitches! Can you do that, or do we need to go to the emergency room?” UC4K: “We can definitely have one of our providers evaluate…

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    Staff Spotlight: Dr. Nguyen

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Each and every team member here at Urgent Care for Kids performs a crucial task that keeps our clinics running smoothly and helps make each patient’s visit a success. We want to give you a chance to get to learn more about our staff that you may see in our clinics and what makes them so great! Staff Spotlight: Meet Dr. Nguyen! 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…

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    #ThrowbackThursday

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Welcome back to #THROWBACKTHURSDAY! We love this series because every Thursday we take a trip down memory lane and visit the history of Urgent Care for Kids, healthcare, and other fun things. Hop into our time machine and let’s go! Today, we’re learning the short history behind rubber ducks! Here at Urgent Care for Kids, rubber ducks are our favorite toy, and we were interested in learning more about how they were invented! Late 19th Century The invention of rubber ducks is linked to the increase in rubber manufacturing in the late 19th century. The earliest rubber ducks were made…

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    Preparing Big Brother or Sister

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Siblings are a wonderful gift that parents can give their children. They are built in playmates, support systems, and in some cases best friends! Some people say, “Having one is one but having two is twenty.” The transition from one child to two children is a huge adjustment for everyone including brother or sister. This momentous change can be exciting but sometimes traumatic for little ones to grasp. Different age gaps between children will provide different adjustments, but we have compiled a list of ways to prepare big brother or big sister for the arrival of this new bundle of joy!…

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    Staff Spotlight: Shelby Winschel

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Each and every team member here at Urgent Care for Kids performs a crucial task that keeps our clinics running smoothly and helps make each patient’s visit a success. We want to give you a chance to get to learn more about our staff that you may see in our clinics and what makes them so great! Staff Spotlight: Meet Shelby! Name: Shelby Winschel Job Title: Houston Area Verification and Collections Auditor Hometown: Kempner, Texas Favorite Sports Team: University of Alabama Crimson Tide What is your favorite thing about Urgent Care for Kids? Learning new things daily, seeing returning patients come back and forming relationships with…

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    #ThrowbackThursday

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Welcome back to #THROWBACKTHURSDAY! We love this series because every Thursday we take a trip down memory lane and visit the history of Urgent Care for Kids, healthcare, and other fun things. Hop into our time machine and let’s go! Today, we’re learning about the history of crayons! A staple in every school box, and a tool for a favorite pastime, crayons have been a part of childhood for many generations. Here’s how crayons went from a carbon-based product to the rainbow of colors we have today! 1864 – Joseph Binney founds Peekskill Chemical Works in upstate New York for…

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    Summer Heat Safety

    - 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 summer just around the corner, today she is here to talk about staying safe in the heat! Temperatures are on the rise, and so is the incidence of heat related illness.  Everyone’s threshold for sustaining injury due to heat is different, but being able to recognize the signs that a problem is occurring can save lives.  As soon as any heat related illness is suspected, move the child to a cooler location such as an air…

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    Kids in the Kitchen: Recipe Book

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Every month, we’ve shared recipe ideas that will allow your little ones to help you in the kitchen. Cooking with children can be a wonderful way to teach them, engage their senses, and build memories that can last a lifetime. A great way to record those memories is to create a recipe book that they can put together and add to over the years. To get started, purchase a binder in a color your child will like and find printable recipe cards. We love these free printable recipe books from www.pinkwhen.com and www.thirtyhandmadedays.com,…

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    Staff Spotlight: Kristin Bevinetto

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Each and every team member here at Urgent Care for Kids performs a crucial task that keeps our clinics running smoothly and helps make each patient’s visit a success. We want to give you a chance to get to learn more about our staff that you may see in our clinics and what makes them so great! Staff Spotlight: Meet Kristin! Name: Kristin Bevinetto Job Title: Radiologic Technologist/Receptionist Hometown: New Orleans, LA Favorite Sports Team: New Orleans Saints What is your favorite thing about Urgent Care for Kids? I love what a wonderful team we have! We’re like a big family. We’re always willing to help…

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    #ThrowbackThursday

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Welcome back to #THROWBACKTHURSDAY! We love this series because every Thursday we take a trip down memory lane and visit the history of Urgent Care for Kids, healthcare, and other fun things. Hop into our time machine and let’s go! Today we are looking at the history of the Life Preserver. With summer in full swing, it is possible you may be heading to the pool, lake, ocean, or river. No matter how confident you are in your water skills, it is best to have you and your family prepared for anything. Life Preservers, Life Jackets, and Floaties are just…

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    Finding the Right Babysitter

    - by Melissa Bauman

    With summer in full swing, chances are high that mom will need a break at some point! Whether you’re a first time mom or a seasoned pro, leaving your child in the care of someone new can make even the most relaxed parent just a bit nervous. We’ve got a few tips on choosing the right babysitter to help calm your nerves! Choose someone you know, or who comes with recommendation from a trusted source. Whether you choose a relative or a teenager who’s a family friend, it’s important…

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    Staff Spotlight: Heather Pond

    - by Melissa Bauman

    Each and every team member here at Urgent Care for Kids performs a crucial task that keeps our clinics running smoothly and helps make each patient’s visit a success. We want to give you a chance to get to learn more about our staff that you may see in our clinics and what makes them so great! Staff Spotlight: Meet Heather! Name: Heather Pond Job Title: Receptionist Hometown: Bryan, Texas Favorite Sports Team: I love any football team!! What is your favorite thing about Urgent Care for Kids? Too many amazing things to choose from, but one thing that sticks out is the fact that we…