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By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
March 29, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Ear Infections  

Ear infections can cause earaches and other symptoms that leave your child feeling uncomfortable. It is important to see a pediatrician if your child has symptoms of an ear infection. Left untreated, an ear infection could result in fluid remaining trapped in the ear and possible hearing loss. The providers at Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX are experienced in providing pediatric care for over 25 years.  We are proud to serve these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection

A wide range of symptoms can develop as a result of an ear infection. Younger children might not be able to clearly articulate their symptoms, so it is important that parents and caregivers are able to recognize the signs of a possible ear infection. Symptoms of ear infections in kids can include:

  • Earaches or pain
  • Pulling on or rubbing the ear
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Difficulty hearing sounds
  • Balance problems
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fussiness
  • Fever

Treating Ear Infections in Children

There are several things you can do at home to deal with an ear infection and help your child feel more comfortable until you are able to see the pediatrician at our Kaufman, TX office. Over-the-counter ear drops and oral pain relievers can help minimize discomfort. Oral pain relief medications are also beneficial for reducing fever if your child has one. Another thing you can do is apply a warm compress to the ear to reduce pain and discomfort.

Several methods are available for treating ear infections in children. The best treatment option for your child will depend partly on the type and severity of the infection. Treatment could include:

  • Oral antibiotics for bacterial infections
  • Ear drops to alleviate pain and block the growth of bacteria
  • Ear tubes for improving ventilation and preventing fluid build up (ONLY FOR CHRONIC OR FREQUENT EAR INFECTIONS)
  • A myringotomy procedure to drain fluids from behind the eardrum (ONLY FOR CHRONIC OR FREQUENT EAR INFECTIONS)

If your child has symptoms of an ear infection, it is best to see a doctor right away. Treating the infection promptly helps prevent it from getting worse, as well as alleviate any pain or discomfort your child is experiencing. To see a pediatrician in Kaufman, TX, schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric providers at Children’s Medical Clinics by (972) 932-1319. Our practice also serves these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.


By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
March 25, 2022
Tags: After Hours Clinic  

Injuries and illnesses don't always happen at convenient times. Fortunately, the after-hours clinic at Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, offers evening and weekend care should your child have an injury, high fever or another health emergency. Staffed by pediatrician Dr. C. Turner Lewis and our pediatric providers, the clinic offers an alternative to emergency room visits for most illnesses. We are proud to serve these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

When to call the after-hours clinic

Is your child limping after a fall off the trampoline or complaining about ear pain? If your son or daughter has a problem that isn't life-threatening but should be evaluated as soon as possible, it's a good idea to call Children's Medical Clinics' after-hours clinic staff. The after-hours clinic is on-call from 430-7 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and from 830am until noon on Saturday/ In addition, we provide one of our pediatric staff by phone after these hours. Please call our main number at 972-932-1319 for instructions to reach us by phone after the above hours.

The healthcare providers can:

  • Treat Illnesses: Illnesses often seem to worsen in the evenings or during weekends when most doctor's offices aren't open. The after-hours clinic is the ideal place to call if your child is suffering from a virus, earache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, stomachache or other ailments. Thanks to the on-site laboratory, you won't have to wait days to get your child's lab results.
  • Examine Rashes: Not sure if that rash is just a skin problem or a sign of an allergic reaction? It's best to be cautious and have your child examined as soon as possible.
  • Treat Injuries: The providers at our after-hours clinic often see kids who've been hurt on the playground or playing field. They can stitch a cut, treat minor burns and sprains, and X-ray a painful arm or leg to determine if your child has a fracture.
  • Ease Asthma Symptoms: Has your child's asthma flared up? Our after-hours staff can test your child's pulmonary function and help him or her manage asthma symptoms. (If your child is struggling to breathe, turning blue, breathing rapidly, panting or gasping, confused or can't speak in complete sentences, call 911 immediately.)
  • Evaluate Eye Problems: The clinic can also diagnose and treat minor eye injuries and illnesses, like pink eye.

Does your child need to visit our after-hours clinic at Children's Medical Clinics? Call (972) 932-1319 to make an appointment with one of pediatric providers.  Our practice also serves these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.