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Fifth Disease

Fifth Disease is a harmless childhood viral rash that is quite common in late winter and early spring. Read more to learn the symptoms.

Apr 5th, 2021
Returning to sports after COVID-19 illness

COVID-19 has changed almost all aspects of our lives. For kids, one area that has been changed, is returning to sports participation. Please read below to find out how we determine when and if a child is safe to return to these activities.

Mar 9th, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine

Though the COVID-19 vaccine has every indication to be the blessing we have been looking for, we acknowledge that there are still many questions and concerns, which we will do our best to answer in this blog.

Feb 1st, 2021
COVID-19: What we have learned through 2020

We have learned much from 2020 and now have more knowledge and are more empowered to face COVID-19 in 2021.  Below you will find a summary of what we’ve learned through 2020. 

Jan 5th, 2021
Screen time and eye health in light of COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have all spent much more time looking at screens than ever before. Though in most scenarios, we cannot change school requirements, we can feel empowered to help our kids use screens with certain guidelines.

Sep 1st, 2020
Concussion baseline testing

It is so easy to do baseline concussion testing at home. It is immensely helpful for any child or teen in contact sports and the test should be done before they start their contact sports season.

Aug 1st, 2020
Molluscum Contagiosum: What is that?!

This condition with a big name describes a very small skin growth, caused by a virus. Molluscum contagiosum is common in childhood; though it is harmless, many parents and kids find it to be a nuisance. Read below to learn more about this condition.

Jun 2nd, 2020
'Pink Eye'

Conjunctivitis is the medical name for ‘pink eye.’ Read below to find out how to determine if it is caused by allergies, virus, or bacteria and how to help your child if he/she develops 'pink eye.'

Apr 6th, 2020
Dispelling myths about pediatric illnesses

Each of us has received advice about an illness from a friend, family member, doctor, nurse, pharmacist, etc. Often the advice we receive is welcome and helpful, but other times, we wonder if the given guidance is accurate. Read more to find out.

Dec 3rd, 2019
Caring for your child’s cold

If you or your child has recently suffered a cold, you know how frustrating this annoying viral illness can be. Below we discuss what remedies are worth trying and which are worth avoiding as we enter cold and flu season.

Nov 4th, 2019
Tips for eczema and dry skin

We see eczema flare up at this time of year due to the cooler temperatures. Read below to find out how you can help care for your child’s dry skin.

Oct 29th, 2019
What to do if you suspect a concussion

Though it does not yet feel like fall in Austin, fall sport season is here. In Texas, one of our most loved fall sports is Football. Though concussions can happen in numerous ways, we unfortunately see them most due to football injuries. Below we explain

Sep 11th, 2019
Our favorite internet resources for parents

Parents should have lots of questions about their growing child. We welcome all questions and are happy to offer advice. Though, we do have a nurse on call day and night, when a nurse call is not needed, you can turn to these websites for trusted advice.

Aug 7th, 2019
Sun Safety

Though we love being outside in our beautiful city, our summers are HOT!  It’s so important to protect our skin in the hot Texas sun.  Read more below to choose the right sun protection for you and your loved ones. 

Jul 24th, 2019
Swimmer's Ear

Austin is beautiful in the summer and we love getting outside in the water to cool off on hot days. Though swimming is a perfect summer activity, it can lead to a very painful condition called swimmer’s ear. Read below to find out more about this common!

Jun 17th, 2019
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth is a common childhood virus that is seen in our office this time of year. Read more to find out answers to the questions we hear most often.

May 13th, 2019
Strep Throat

Strep throat is going around. Read below to find out more about this common illness.

Apr 23rd, 2019
Fever

This blog gives answers to our most commonly heard questions about fever.

Mar 20th, 2019
Bronchiolitis

Pam Dietrich, one of our wonderful AHK nurse practitioners, does a wonderful job explaining bronchiolitis and RSV so that parents can understand how to care for their child during this common respiratory illness.

Jan 31st, 2019
Influenza

This article explains the signs and symptoms of the influenza virus, complications of the flu, and offers helpful information about seasonal flu vaccines. Thank you Jen Tiller, PNP at After Hours Kids, for writing this post.

Jan 2nd, 2019
Croup

Croup is common during winter months. Below is a classic croup story and some answers to our most commonly heard questions. Thank you to Annie Croft, PNP, from After Hours Kids, for writing this post.

Dec 7th, 2018
Flu Vaccine FAQ's

Below are the answers to our most commonly asked questions about the flu vaccine.

Nov 16th, 2018
Back to School!

Important reminders about getting your kids ready to go back to school!

Aug 7th, 2018
Allergies and Asthma

Brief explanation of the importance of talking with your child's provider about allergies and asthma

Jul 20th, 2018
Car Safety!

Tips to keep your kids safe in and around cars

Apr 20th, 2018

Welcome to the Pediatric Associates of Austin blog.   We are glad you found us!

Our goal in this blog is to help answer common questions relating to childhood illnesses and development.  We strive to provide relevant information to address current parent questions and community happenings.   Our advice typically comes from either our providers’ experiences in caring for children through the years, or from other reputable blogs and pediatric resources.  These are not limited to, but include:  American Academy of Pediatrics parenting websiteTwo Peds in a PodDr. Wendy Sue Swanson, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Additional helpful parent information can be found on our website on either of these pages: Most commonly asked questions of our nurses or Newborn and infant handouts.  If you have suggestions of topics you’d like us to address on the blog, please email patientcare@pediatricassociates.net.  We’d love to hear from you.  

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