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: 



Promoting Mental Health in Children

You want your child to be healthy, and an important part of good health is great mental health. Promoting mental health in your child is one of the most important things you can do. Your pediatrician can tell you more.

Mental Health Tips

So, what can you do to help your child enjoy great mental health? These are some useful tips from Mental Health America:

Make sure your child receives unconditional love from your family. This ensures a high level of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Make sure to praise your child. Compliments and attention from you help instill a desire to achieve milestones.

Make sure your child has an opportunity to interact and play with other children. This gives your child a sense of belonging.

Make sure your child is in a safe and secure environment at all times. You should also carefully monitor what your child watches on TV and put limits on time spent watching TV.

Make sure to encourage your child’s caregivers and teachers, so they know they are part of an important group who takes care of your child.

Make sure you show your child appropriate guidance and discipline to help your child develop new skills. You want your child to learn self-control.

These are just a few helpful tips to promote great mental health in your child. To read more in-depth information from Mental Health America, please click here.

Even with the best parenting, children can still suffer from mental health issues like anxiety or depression. Life events like a divorce, the death of someone close to your child, or moving to a new school can all cause unease in your child. It’s important to seek out the services of your pediatrician when your family is going through a major life event. Your pediatrician offers family and individual counseling and other services to help guide you and your child through tough times and beyond.

Want To Know More?

To find out more about how you can promote great mental health in your child, talk with your pediatrician today.

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