Birmingham Blog

Urgent Care’s Role in Treating Seasonal Allergies

Each year 50 million people go to war. The enemy? ALLERGENS. The human body is constantly defending itself from these attacks. Dust, mold, and pollen wage war by eliciting very unpleasant reactions within the body. Allergy victims suffer through watery eyes, sneezing, headaches,  congestion and much more. What is an allergy? One of the marvels… Read more »

Preventing Sickness at School

The average American child has six to 10 colds a year. In fact, children’s colds cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness.   Here are 10 ways to help protect your child from germs and illness at school. Know How and When to Wash Hands: Children often don’t wash their hands often enough or… Read more »

Hand Washing 101

Hand washing is by far the best way to keep kids from getting sick and prevent the spread of germs. As early as possible, get your child into the habit of washing her hands often and thoroughly.   1. When To Wash: After playing outside After touching animals After using the bathroom Before eating or touching food After blowing… Read more »

Kids and Broken Bones

Children and Broken Bones How can I tell if my child has broken a bone? Although the term fracture may sound serious, it is just another name for a broken bone. As you probably remember from your own childhood, fractures are very common. In fact, they are the fourth most common injury among children under age… Read more »

Signs of Overload

Sensory overload occurs when the body is unable to process, organize, and respond to all the incoming sensory input. Although stress is a part of life and growing up, you need to intervene when you sense that it is undermining your child’s physical or psychological well-being.   Signs of sensory processing overload in children: Seems restless,… Read more »

Healthy Sleep Habits

Did you know by the age of two, most children have spent more time asleep than awake and overall, a child will spend 40 percent of their childhood asleep. Sleep is especially important for children as it directly impacts mental and physical development.   Childhood Sleep Guidelines: Infants: 4 to 12 months require 12 to… Read more »

When Kids Choke

Responding to a Choking Emergency Although children under age four are most at risk for choking on food and small objects, youngsters in their middle years can choke too. A number of foods or other items (for instance, hot dogs, poorly chewed pieces of meat, grapes, raw carrots, hard candy, balloons, small toy parts) can… Read more »

Encouraging Your Kids to Be Active

11 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Be Physically Active Did you know? Only 1 in 3 children are physically active every day. Less than 50% of the time spent in sports practice, games, and physical education class involves moving enough to be considered physical activity. Children and teens spend more than 7 hours per… Read more »

Signs of Dehydration in Children

Be alert for the following warning signs of dehydration, and notify a pediatrician immediately if any of them develop.   Signs of Dehydration in Infants and Children   Mild to Moderate Dehydration: Plays less than usual Urinates less frequently (for infants, fewer than six wet diapers per day) Parched, dry mouth Fewer tears when crying… Read more »