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: 



Helping Your Child Manage Chronic Conditions

If your child is dealing with a chronic condition, it can affect many aspects of their life. It can be difficult to pay attention in class if they’re dealing with pain and certain chronic conditions can affect their ability to participate in school activities. It’s important that you work with your child’s pediatrician to create a plan to manage their chronic conditions. If your child is dealing with an attack, they should be prepared with ways to manage their symptoms and continue with their day.

Helping Children Manage Chronic Conditions

There are many chronic conditions that children might deal with. Some common chronic conditions include:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Food allergies
  • Obesity

When your child is dealing with any of these issues, it’s important that your child’s teachers understand and are prepared for any situations that may occur during school. Each condition is treated differently, and you should know what your child’s symptoms and specific needs might be.

Depending on the condition that your child is struggling with, there are many ways to manage each one. With asthma, they may need an inhaler for relief during an asthma attack. They may also need medications each day to lessen their symptoms. For both allergies and asthma, there are specific triggers that could cause a situation. It’s important to help your child avoid these triggers as best as possible.

If your child has diabetes, it’s important that they’re getting their medication and that they have a balanced diet. Exercise is also crucial for every chronic condition that your child might deal with.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today

Chronic conditions do not have to take over your child’s life. Contact your pediatrician today to find out how you can help your child manage their chronic condition and help them live the best life that they can.

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