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: 



Tips for Managing Common Childhood Illnesses at Home

As much as we’d like to hope that our children never get sick, it’s often unavoidable. Children get sick often and it can be a hassle dealing with a sick child. It’s important that you’re able to identify some common sicknesses that children deal with and how you can help them start feeling better. Often, it’s easy to treat these common illnesses at home and you can help your child start feeling better in no time at all.

Managing Common Childhood Illnesses at Home

When you’re dealing with a sick child, you want all the help that you can get. Most common illnesses aren’t usually serious, but it’s never pleasant knowing that your child isn’t feeling well. One of the most common illnesses is the common cold. Colds are spread by viruses, and often if one child is sick, everyone will likely get sick. You can treat your child’s symptoms with over-the-counter pain medications for children.

When your child is dealing with something like an ear infection, there isn’t much you can do other than get them antibiotics for their ear.

Many other common childhood illnesses include strep throat and conjunctivitis, which is also known as pink eye. There aren’t any at-home remedies that you can use to treat either issue, so you’ll have to bring them in to their pediatrician. They’ll need antibiotics to help clear up their infection and get them feeling better in no time. It’s also important to get antibiotics so that they are no longer contagious to you or others around them.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today

Taking care of a sick child is never fun, so it’s important that you know how to get them feeling better. Contact your pediatrician for more information about treating common childhood illnesses.

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