By North Austin Pediatrics P.A.
November 21, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Flu  

The flu season is here, and the physicians at North Austin Pediatrics urge parents to protect their youngsters from this potentially fludebilitating, and even deadly, contagious disease. But, the doctors also caution you not to panic. You can arm yourself against the flu and avoid it with simple, common sense tactics, such as flu shots in Austin and Cedar Park, TX.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Anyone who has experienced the flu knows the symptoms well:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Cough
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

From infection with respiratory droplets or other body fluids, most patients develop full-blown symptoms within five to seven days, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. However, young children, immuno-suppressed individuals and elderly adults may feel sick sooner, and these are the groups that develop dangerous complications such as ear and sinus infections, pneumonia and more.

What you can do

An old adage says, "Forewarned is forearmed." Your pediatricians at North Austin Pediatrics agree with that advice, and they recommend flu shots for little ones six months and older. In fact, the CDC says that children under the age of two are most at risk for developing serious complications from the flu. Additionally, youngsters with asthma, diabetes and heart problems get very ill from the influenza virus.

So, flu vaccines--available as trivalent shots that protect against three viruses--are given in two doses for children six months to eight years of age. Children nine and older get one dose if they have been vaccinated in previous flu seasons.

If your child is scheduled to receive a flu shot but is not feeling well, check in with the office team at North Austin Pediatrics first to see if the doctor wishes to postpone that shot.

To further reduce your youngster's chance of getting the flu, teach him or her basic hygiene techniques at home:

  1. Cover sneezes and coughs with a hand or sleeve.
  2. Wash hands after coughing or sneezing, before meals and after using the toilet.
  3. Keep hands off eyes, nose and mouth.

Additionally, parents should keep sick children home from school and avoid crowded shopping venues during the peak flu season.

Stay well in Austin and Cedar Park

You can successfully navigate this year's outbreak of the flu, and the team at North Austin Pediatrics is ready to help. To schedule a flu shot appointment, please call our Austin office at (512) 491-5125, or for Cedar Park, phone (512) 259-0900.

By North Austin Pediatrics P.A.
September 26, 2017
Category: Children's Health

An Austin and Cedar Park, TX pediatrician from North Austin Pediatrics is well versed in medical conditions that affect children. We believe bronchiolitis, conjunctivitis, tonsillitisin giving exceptional care to our patients while fostering an ongoing relationship between our team and you and your child, the patient. This allows us to offer you helpful tips on how to manage a variety of childhood illnesses.

Management Tips

First, bronchiolitis is an acute inflammatory injury to the bronchioles caused by a viral infection. This affects young infants primarily. Signs and symptoms include: low-grade fever, increasing congestion, apnea and difficulty feeding. An Austin pediatrician can examine your child to diagnose them with the proper care for this illness. Oxygen helps young children the best. Nonpharmacotherapy or supportive care may include nasal/oral suctioning, ventilation, hydration maintenance or supplemental humidified oxygen.

Next, conjunctivitis or pink eye is inflammation of the conjunctiva. This clear, thin tissue lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid too. To relieve symptoms of pink eyes, protect the eyes from dirt and other irritants. Also, use artificial tears to help with burning and itching.

Lastly, tonsillitis is when the tonsils become inflamed or infected. This is common in children and can occur occasionally or recur frequently. Treatment will depend on the cause. Our team can give a rapid strep test or throat swab culture, which can detect a bacterial infection. Antibiotics are typically used to treat this illness if a bacterial infection is present. Viral infections will heal on their own. Always take all of the medication prescribed even if symptoms improve with your child. This allows the body to fully suppress the inflammation and infection so it doesn't come back frequently.

In order to maintain your child’s health, regular wellness visits with an Austin and Cedar Park, TX pediatrician is important. To schedule an appointment today at our office, call 512-491-5125.

By North Austin Pediatrics P.A.
July 13, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: vaccines   immunizations  

What’s all the fuss about vaccines and are they safe for your little one?immunizations

The minute your child is born they will start visiting our Austin and Cedar Park, TX, pediatricians regularly for checkups and screenings to make sure they continue to maintain good health. Of course, during the course of a lot of these visits your child will require vaccinations. Some parents get a little nervous about vaccinating their children because of stories they’ve heard on the news or read in a magazine. We are here to shed some light on vaccines and why your child should get them.

There are some people who believe that vaccines can be dangerous and have the potential to harm a child. While any vaccine carries the risk of side effects, serious side effects are extremely rare. In fact, you’ll be happy to hear that the pros of vaccinations far outweigh the cons.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, vaccines are actually 90 to 99 percent effective in preventing diseases in children. This means that vaccinating your child routinely could protect them from developing serious and life-threatening conditions that could cause paralysis or even death. In fact, the CDC has reported that about 732,000 US children were saved from death between 1994 and 2014 just by getting vaccinated. These are some pretty amazing and hopeful statistics.

Of course, those who are against vaccinating children also say that vaccines contain potential dangerous ingredients that could harm your little one. While some ingredients like aluminum could certainly be dangerous to anyone’s health in large doses, the trace amounts found in vaccines won’t cause your child any harm. In fact, children are more likely to be exposed to more serious and harmful infections, toxins and bacteria from their everyday environment than they are from getting vaccinated.

If you have any concern about the ingredients in your child’s vaccines, or if your child has any allergies, this is something that our Austin and Cedar Park children’s doctors would be happy to sit down and discuss with you beforehand to make sure that your child doesn’t experience any complications from the vaccines they are getting.

North Austin Pediatrics in Austin and Cedar Park, TX, is here to provide your little one with the quality, compassionate medical care they need when it matters most. Your child’s health is so important. We think so, too!

By North Austin Pediatrics P.A.
May 11, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Ear Infection  

Could your little one be suffering from an ear infection?ear infection

Ear infections happen to a lot of children. Maybe you are concerned that your child’s unusual fussiness or ear tugging is perhaps because they are suffering from an ear infection. Here are the telltale signs that your little one might have an ear infection and when it’s time to visit our Austin and Cedar Park, TX, pediatricians for treatment.

After the common cold, an ear infection is the next most common problem that children experience. If you have an older child they may be able to verbalize that their ear hurts. Of course, if your child is younger this is most likely not possible. In which case you have to look for common signs of an ear infection including,

  • A fever over 100 F (a classic sign of an ear infection in babies and toddlers)
  • Irritability and increased fussiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeplessness
  • Tugging or pulling at the ear
  • Fluid draining from the ears
  • Not hearing or understand what others are saying

Does My Child Need Antibiotics

While most parents may assume that an ear infection warrants a prescription, this isn’t always the case. Of course, it’s always a good idea for your child to visit one of our Austin and Cedar Park, TX, children’s doctors if they're exhibiting any of the above symptoms. In many cases, we may just monitor the condition to see if it gets better on its own. In the meantime, there are over-the-counter eardrops and other remedies that we can recommend for managing your little one’s painful symptoms until their infection goes away.

Plus, if we determine that your child’s ear infection is due to a virus, then antibiotics won’t help to treat the problem. Of course, if your child is dealing with an ear infection and they are under 2 years old, then antibiotics may be necessary to help them better fight the infection and prevent serious complications.

If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call us. We know how important your child’s health is to you. Here at North Austin Pediatrics in Austin and Cedar Park, TX, we can provide you and your child with the proper care they need to feel better.

By North Austin Pediatrics P.A.
March 21, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: pediatric services  

Find out what treatments your child can get when they visit our pediatric office.pediatric services

There is nothing more important than your child’s health. While you always want them to be healthy and happy, when they do fall ill it’s important that you have Austin and Cedar Park, TX, pediatricians you can turn to. We offer a comprehensive range of services to cater to your child’s ever-growing needs:

Flu Shots

The CDC recommends that children over the age of 6 months old get an annual flu shot. As soon as the vaccination is available your child should get it in order to ensure that they are protected before the flu season begins. It’s important to note that it takes about two weeks to be fully protected so getting it right away is imperative, particularly if your child is already in school.


There are so many vaccines that your child should get throughout the course of their lifetime to protect them from potentially deadly health problems. Vaccines will start not long after birth and our Austin and Cedar Park, TX, children’s doctor will provide you with a comprehensive schedule of different vaccines your child should get and when. This schedule should be kept somewhere you can easily refer to so that you know when it’s time to schedule your child’s next appointment.

Ear Infections

While not all ear infections warrant a trip to the doctor's office, there are certain instances where you should give us a call including:

  • If your child is also experiencing a high fever or stiff neck
  • If your child complains of hearing loss or severe pain
  • If your child is dizzy
  • If you notice swelling or redness around the ear
  • If at-home treatments aren’t providing relief
  • If the ear pain gets worse even with treatment
  • If fluid or blood is draining from the ear


A fever can always put parents in a panic, but a good rule of thumb is: The younger your child is when they develop a fever the sooner you should visit us for care. You should give us a call if your child has a fever over 100.4 and is under 3 months old, if they have a fever over 101 degrees F and are between 3 to 6 months old or if they have a fever over 103 degrees F and are over 6 months old. Any fever between 104-105 degrees F needs to be treated right away.

North Austin Pediatrics in Austin and Cedar Park, TX, is dedicated to providing every child with the medical care they need whenever they need it. We know that having a sick child is tough, but we make it easier for your child to get the care they need to be back on their feet and feeling great.

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