Important Announcement re: After Hours Advice Line

As you know medical costs continue to climb and we are currently confronted with the need to change, and pay significantly more for, our after hours advice calls.  We are committed to providing thorough and timely medical advice for your family, including after hours. 

After an extensive search and review process, we are pleased to announce that starting on 2/1/24 we, along with all UBCP-affiliated practices, will be offering after hours advice through a new group, Anytime Pediatrics.  

When our office is closed, including on holidays, you may call Anytime Pediatrics for advice at (623) 663-1707. As before, if your child needs an after-hours appointment, appointments can be made at GoHealth in Oakland. One important change to note is that we will bill your insurance for these calls, and that these calls may be subject to a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible, if not covered by your insurance. 


Prior to making an after-hour call, the providers at Berkeley Pediatrics recommend that you look up your child’s symptoms on the AAP website symptom checker: 



Common Signs for Recognizing Child Allergies

Does your child suffer from allergies? Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your child has a cold, or if your child has allergies, which can be treated. Your pediatrician can help your child get relief from allergy symptoms, but it’s helpful if you know what to look for.

What You Need To Know About Allergies in Children

When your child is exposed to certain substances, an allergic response happens. These substances are called allergens, and they can cause your child to experience a mild to severe reaction.

Some of the most common types of allergens include:

  • Seasonal allergens, like grasses, trees, plant, and flower pollens
  • Environmental allergens, like pet hair, pet dander, dust mites, and mold
  • Food allergens, like peanuts, shellfish, and dairy

When your child is exposed to these and other allergens, your child might experience signs and symptoms like these:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing
  • Rashes which can itch or burn
  • Breathing problems
  • Sore throat or nausea

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, you should bring your child to see the pediatrician for allergy testing. Allergy testing can determine the substances your child is allergic to, so these substances can be avoided.

Types of allergy testing include:

  • Skin tests, in which a small amount of allergen is placed just under the skin and observed for a reaction
  • Challenge tests, in which a small amount of allergen is inhaled or ingested and your child is observed for a reaction
  • Blood tests, in which a sample of blood is taken and sent off to a laboratory where it is tested for an allergic reaction

Your pediatrician may recommend several treatments to relieve allergy symptoms, including:

  • Prescription-strength antihistamine medications
  • Prescription-strength decongestant medications
  • Nasal sprays containing steroids
  • Sublingual immunotherapy
  • Rescue inhalers and epi-pens
  • Allergy injections

Remember that an allergic reaction can also be life-threatening, so you need to seek out emergency services if your child is:

  • Turning pale
  • Having severe breathing problems
  • Unable to speak

Want To Learn More?

To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of allergies in children, talk with an expert-your pediatrician. Call today.

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