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: 



Best Ways To Prevent Ear Infections

Ear infections are common in children because their ears are not fully developed, and it can be difficult to properly drain fluid. Ear infections can be brutal, and it can be difficult for your child to function while dealing with an ear infection. They can affect your child’s appetite and how they function throughout the day. Instead of having your child constantly deal with ear infections, there are ways to help prevent ear infections from happening in the first place.

Preventing Your Child’s Ear Infections

There are steps that you can take to protect your child from dealing with ear infections. Often, ear infections happen as a result of a previous sickness. The sickness can cause your child to have a buildup of fluid in the ears, which causes bacteria to grow. By making sure that your child is up to date on their vaccinations, you can prevent your child from being sick in the first place. This can help lower their chance of ear infections.

You should always make sure that you wash your hands before handling your child, especially when they’re young. Bacteria can be on your hands and it’s important not to spread that to your child, especially when their immune system is still developing. Breastfeeding for the first 6 months of your child’s life can also help strengthen their immune system and help them fight off infections.

Certain irritants can also cause ear infections. This includes cigarette smoke. You should never expose your child to secondhand smoke. If your child deals with constant ear infections, you may want to talk to your pediatrician about getting tubes installed in your child’s ears to help with drainage.

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Keep your child safe and healthy. Contact your pediatrician to learn more about preventing ear infections in your child.

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