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Parenting and Power Struggles

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Roughly 20% of all children will present with a psychiatric diagnosis before 18. Asking for a family tree of psychiatric problems at the first well baby visit might someday become part of pediatric screening and at some point, mapping out genetic susceptibility to psychiatric illness is probably a good idea for each child. But parents can prepare for psychiatric problems also by employing the best positive parenting practices—minimizing power struggles and simultaneously taking care to get to know their child’s motivations and feelings as well as possible.

My Pediatrician's Office is Closed

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You’ve had a full and busy day, and you are finally home to make dinner and get ready for another day. You realize your little one has a fever and cough, and the doctor’s office is closed. What is a parent to do when you have a sick kid and your primary care pediatrician’s office isn’t open?

If you drive down any street in Dallas, you are likely to see a multitude of free standing urgent care or emergency care centers. It might seem like a good option for when the doctor’s office is closed but it does come with a word of wisdom and caution. The wisdom: if your child does need care after hours and Pediatricians of Dallas is closed, please choose an urgent care or after hours facility which staffs pediatric focused providers. The care of children differs from the care of adults in the way illness or injury is approached. Many of these general urgent care and emergency care facilities are staffed with general, emergency, or family type practitioners who are able to see children and do see children but will also see adults as well. The caution: you must know these places are considered urgent care or emergency care centers and you will be charged the co-pay for those levels of care which is often a larger copay than you would pay in a doctor’s office.

Cold and Flu Season 2017  - Dallas, TX - Advice from Pediatricians of Dallas

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It's that time of year again! Yes it is Christmas, but it is also the cough, cold & flu season. If your family is anything like mine, it's a hard time of the year! In the past month alone, we had flu, ear infection & tummy bug!

Because I understand how hard this season can be, I also understand the importance of our ensuring that your families have good access to excellent health care. Our practice has implemented several strategies to make ourselves available to you when that fever happens in the middle of the night or that ear pain starts Sunday morning!

We know it can be easy to pop into different urgent cares around town. We also recognize that many urgent care clinics do a good job. However, we think it is extremely important for doctors to know the "whole picture" of your child—how she was premature, how he was hospitalized last year for RSV, or how she has had several recent asthma exacerbations. Knowing your child's complete medical history allows us to take their "whole clinical picture" into the context of our medical decision making. It is part of the relationship that we have fostered as your primary care providers and we firmly believe this helps us provide superior care!

So, how can you get a hold of us?

1) Normal clinic hours

2) After Hours—appointments can be made daily with the "on call doctor" who stays late

3) Nurse triage line—now FREE & available 24/7

4) Saturday clinic

5) Early morning urgent visits—made by the on-call doctor & triage nurse

Merry Christmas! We hope you stay well this holiday season. But, if you find your little one sick in the middle of the night or over the weekend, please call. We will be happy that you did!

Back to School in Dallas - 2015

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back to schoolAs parents, we want our children to succeed in everything they do, especially school. Teachers play an important role in the development of our children. Get to know your child’s teacher and be actively involved with your child's education. Here are some tips to help your child with school:

  • Establish a good bed time routine. Children need eight to ten hours of sleep each night.
  • Plan enough time to get ready in the morning so your child doesn't feel stressed.
  • Help your child develop good homework habits. Designate a regular time and location to work on assignments. It should be away from other children playing and without distractions from the television.
  • Do not do their homework for them. When you child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.
  • Start projects early! The hardest part is getting started, so do at least one thing the day it is assigned.
  • When doing homework, help your child figure out what is hard homework and what is easy. Do the easy part first, for a feeling of accomplishment.
  • Limit electronic media time, this includes TV, DVDs, computer, iPad, iPhone, etc.

We hope you have had a great summer! If you child requires your help to get the homework done, talk with his teacher.

Below are several links with information that we thought helpful:

Making the first day of school easier: