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 Well-being in Kids

Your child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health. It is extremely important that you’re nurturing your child’s mental health and giving them a safe space to process their emotions and any issues that they may be struggling with. There are steps you can take to help encourage your child to share and improve their mental health in the long run.

It’s also important that you work with your child’s pediatrician to figure out if there are any conditions that may be affecting your child’s mental health. This way, your child can get the care and treatment that they need to live a happy and healthy life.

Nurturing Your Child’s Mental Well-Being

The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 children in the US experience a mental health disorder. The most common disorders are anxiety, ADHD, behavioral disorders, and depression. It’s important that you create an environment that helps to boost your child’s mental well-being and gives them a space where they feel safe enough to express the emotions and concerns they might have.

It’s important that you pay attention to any signs your child might display pertaining to mental health disorders. There could be subtle changes in their actions and how they speak about specific things. When you pay close attention to your child’s behavior, they also feel a sense of security and comfort and may feel better about sharing with you.

Creating routines that your child can follow each day can also help with certain mental disorders. This can help your child keep themselves in balance and give them a chance to check in when they are dealing with intense emotions. When you notice that your child is struggling, it’s important that you don’t hesitate to bring them to their pediatrician. You can get the resources needed to ensure that your child has control over their own mental health.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today

Make sure that you’re helping improve your child’s mental well-being. Contact your pediatrician to learn more about managing your child’s mental health.

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