Coughs, Colds & Pink Eye
Coughs & Colds
We cough to clear our lungs of something that irritates our airways. Without coughing, we would succumb to pneumonia when we had a simple cold.
A: Cold viruses enter your body through your nose, eyes or mouth through air droplets that are spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Touching contaminated surfaces, such as doorknobs, utensils or computer keyboard, can also spread the virus.
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy or sore throat
- Slight body aches or a mild headache
- Watery eyes
- Low-grade fever
- Mild Fatigue
- Fever of 100.4 F (38 C) in newborns up to 12 weeks
- Fever that rises repeatedly above 102 F (39 C) in a child of any age
- Not drinking or eating
- Fever more than 24 hours in a child younger than 2 years old
- Fever more than 2 days in an older child
- Frequent vomiting
- Unusual sleepiness
- Severe headache
- Stiff neck
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent crying
- Persistent cough
- Ear Pain
Generally, cough medicines aren’t recommended for children since they can rarely stop their breathing. 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey in warm water or tea is as effective as Robitussin! Give it a try. A warm bath or shower, along with saline nose drops to clear up congestion, can help ease coughing.
Pink eye (Conjunctivitis) is caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane over the white part of the eye. It can become inflamed and reddened by bacteria, virus and other irritants such as pollens or pet dander.
A: Antibacterial treatment is needed when the eye has green or yellow discharge, if there is severe redness around the eye or if there is pain. If the redness is associated with itching, and there is no discharge, allergy eye drops may be prescribed.
A: Bacterial conjunctivitis usually improves in 1 to 2 days with treatment.
Viral conjunctivitis can last for many weeks. Treatment is with warm compresses.
Allergic conjunctivitis can come and go with the seasons, pollens, or triggers such as pet dander.
We are a family-friendly children’s urgent care and minor emergency center in downtown San Mateo
For over 20 years, we have provided pediatric urgent medical care to babies, children and young adults from San Mateo, Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno, San Carlos, Belmont, Redwood City, and Foster City. The clinic is staffed by Board Certified pediatricians, is easy to find, and has parking right outside the door.
Our clinic is open for Urgent Care after hours when your child’s doctor is unavailable. We recommend you make an appointment so we can prepare for your arrival, please fill out all the forms and upload your insurance information. We have a limited number of walk-in spots each night.
Questions & Answers
A: We treat Urgent Care patients from birth to age 26. If we are very busy, we give younger children priority and may ask the young adult to be seen in Adult Urgent Care.
A: You should come to After Hour Pediatrics if your child requires urgent care when your pediatrician or primary care physician’s office is closed. We are a convenient and affordable alternative to the Emergency Room. If the injury or illness is life-threatening, you should go to the nearest hospital.
We are open 365 days a year, Monday-Friday 5pm -10pm and Weekends/Holidays 10am-10pm.
If you are in doubt about whether to come and visit us please call us at 650-579-6581
A: The typical visit requires 30 -60 minutes depending on the services you need. If you need lab tests, breathing treatments or a procedure performed, you may be in the office for longer. During surge of illnesses or patients with emergencies, wait times can be longer.
For Urgent Care, you can “Save a Spot” or drop in. We see walk in patients in the order that they arrive with exceptions for critically ill children or those at high-risk. We do our best to see “Saved Spots” on time, and always leave openings for walk in patients.
- We believe sick or injured children should be seen by a pediatrician. Other urgent care facilities may have pediatric rooms or areas designated for children, but they are not staffed with clinicians who have specialized training in pediatrics.
- We are ideally located in downtown San Mateo, 10 minutes from San Francisco airport.
- We offer free parking right outside our front door.
- We are child friendly, caring, compassionate and gentle.
- We will work with your child’s primary physician, informing them about your visit and ensuring they are fully briefed about your child’s medical situation as soon as possible.
- We are independently run so you can talk to us about financial pressures. We might be able to help.