Swimmer’s Ear

Girl swimming in pool with swimmer's ear.

Home Swimmer’s ear (also known as otitis externa) is a common ear infection affecting children. It is often triggered by water exposure during swimming and other aquatic activities. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and preventive measures empowers parents to safeguard their child’s aural health. Explore this guide to learn more about swimmer’s ear and how to […]

Strep Throat in Children

Child with strep throat in Austin, Texas.

Home Strep throat is a common bacterial infection that causes a sore throat in children and adults. Read on to learn more about strep throat. We will talk about symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Don’t hesitate to contact After Hours Kids in Austin, Texas, for any concerns about your child’s health. Our skilled team is here […]

Poison Ivy

A girl rubbing legs because of poison ivy.

Home Poison ivy is well known for its itchy and irritating effects. This stems from contact with the plant’s oil—urushiol. This allergen triggers a rash upon skin contact, progressing from red streaks to fluid-filled blisters over several days. Learn about the symptoms, treatments, and preventive measures to safeguard your child from this common outdoor menace. […]

Pink Eye

Girl with pink eye.

Home This article aims to provide parents with essential information about pink eye, including its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.  If you’re in the Austin, Texas, area and need assistance outside regular office hours, remember that After Hours Kids is here to help. Our dedicated pediatric team can provide expert care for your child’s […]


Home Influenza is a contagious respiratory viral illness that circulates throughout the world all year. In the Northern Hemisphere, influenza is most commonly seen in the fall and winter months, although it can be active at any time of year. For instance, during the 2009 “swine flu” pandemic, a result of the formulation of a […]


Home Definition and Causes Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that is very common in children. It is caused either by contact with another person or a contaminated surface (Ex: the benches in a locker room), or from contact with his/her own nasal flora being spread into a break in the skin, such as a […]


Home Definition and Symptoms Heartburn (aka reflux or gastroesophageal reflux (GER)) is reflux of stomach contents up out of the stomach and into the esophagus.  Symptoms can often be described as “burning in the chest,” increased burping or feeling of bloating after meals, or feeling a “sour taste come up into the mouth.”  Why does […]

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Feet with signs of hand, foot, and mouth disease.

Home Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) This article will discuss the signs, symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention of hand, foot, and mouth disease, providing valuable information for parents who may be concerned about their child’s health. If you have any concerns about your child’s health or if their symptoms persist or worsen, don’t hesitate […]

Fifth Disease in Kids

Girl with red cheeks because of Fifth disease.

Home If you’ve noticed a bright red rash on your child’s face, it might be an indication of Fifth disease, which is scientifically known as erythema infectiosum. This viral infection primarily affects children between the ages of 5 and 15, with most children experiencing a mild illness that resolves on its own within a few […]


Girl with croup.

Home Croup is a common cause of breathing problems in kids. In this article, we aim to address all your questions about croup. We will talk about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and how you can prevent your children from getting croup. At After Hours Kids, we understand that breathing problems in children can be very […]