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22/Jul/2019

Spring is here and it’s almost time for Easter! Nothing brings in the season like a great Easter egg hunt, a time-honored tradition that people of all ages will want to participate in. Whether you’re planning on attending a community egg hunt or throwing one of your own, we’ve got some helpful tips and tricks for making sure you and the family have the best time while out on the hunt.

The first thing to consider is the weather. Everyone knows that while Spring is known for beautiful blooms, this season is also infamous for its occasional rainy days. If you want to attend or host an event at a local park, rain could potentially damper the celebration. Be sure you are keeping an eye on the weekly forecast, and make sure you have a plan B if the weather goes unexpectedly. If you are having an Easter egg hunt in the comfort of your home or have been forced to move indoors, make sure to be thinking of trouble-free hiding places for an inside egg hunt. It is also a good idea to leave the hardboiled eggs in your fridge if you’re opting for an indoor hunt, in the unfortunate instance of one not being found. Your best option is filling colorful plastic eggs with small candies, treats, money, or other prizes. If hosting an event for a group, make sure to be aware of any allergies before filling the eggs, in which case stickers, pretzels, and other small items make great substitutes. It’s also a great idea to split the egg hunts into age groups, giving everyone a fair and fun opportunity to find the eggs.

While most egg hunts will often have prizes for the kiddo who collects the most eggs, consider other awards to hand out such as the most enthusiastic hunter, the best-dressed hunter, the fastest hunter, or the youngest hunter, creating an opportunity for more kids to be engaged! If you feel like really indulging in the holiday, why not hide a few “golden” eggs that contain special prizes, such as cash or gift cards, or even have personalized egg baskets for each of your family members after the egg hunting is over?

When planning your egg hunting party, don’t forget that the Easter bunny loves carrots as well as candy! Be sure to include some veggie sticks with hummus, finger sandwiches on whole wheat bread, bunny trail mix, and other healthy munching snacks for hungry hunters and parents. Holidays don’t have to mean that we over-indulge on the sweets – too much candy can result in an upset stomach, and not being able to participate in the fun! Also, remember that it’s important to always stay cool and hydrated

Whether you’re old or young, another great way to spend Easter is to give back to those in need. Ask your guests to bring items for a local food pantry, clothing for a homeless shelter, or donations for a charity of your choice. If you have older kiddos, teach them the importance of giving back to their community and be sure to check out the various volunteer opportunities here in Laredo.

If you’d rather skip the planning and take part in a community celebration, there are tons of Easter festivities taking place throughout our city! Be sure you are checking www.visitlaredo.com events to see the most up-to-date activities being featured so that you and your family can find the perfect event to spend the holiday at. You can also check the local newspaper for information on churches, civic groups, community parks, businesses, and charities who may also be hosting public Easter egg hunts. Malls, shopping centers, and public squares often feature Easter bunny visits and photos, too.

While it is fun to get caught up in the sweet treats, entertaining, and exciting activities, holidays like Easter are meant to be spent with your loved ones, having quality time and creating memories. We can’t wait to see how you celebrate!

Here are a few local Easter Eggs taking place this month:

  1. Easter Egg Hunt in the Pool
  2. Laredo Northside Farmer’s Market Presents: An Easter Egg Hunt 
  3. Easter Story Time

 

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22/Jul/2019

Springtime can be the season to catch the DIY bug. Replacing the cabinets, painting the shutters, planting some new trees – but let’s face it, nothing is ever as easy as it seems on television, especially when it involves taking on a home improvement project!

Here at Laredo Emergency Room, we know that spring is the season for tidying up and getting around to those home improvement projects that have been put off all year. We also know it is a time of the year where severe injuries can increase due to lack of safety precautions taken while tackling those home improvement projects. Whether it is finally cleaning out those gutters or completely revamping your backyard for the perfect outdoor barbecue, we want to provide you with some basic safety tips that can be applied to all of your improvement projects and make a significant difference when it comes to protecting yourself and loved ones.

The first and most important safety rule is to only take on home improvement projects that are you are capable of and prepared to handle. Meaning, if you’re afraid of heights, it might be best to leave the roof repairs to the professionals. This rule also applies to any projects having to do with electricity and especially gas repairs. If a home improvement project requires knowledge or training you do not possess, the general rule of thumb is to hire a technician, saving yourself the risk of a severe injury and costly damage to your home or even your person.

Another great safety tip to abide by is to be mindful about outwear when working on your DIY project. Working areas can become cluttered and crowded, making it easier for items to be tripped over or stepped on. You should always dress for safety. Wearing a long sleeve t-shirt, durable jeans, and close-toed shoes can save you from a lot of cuts and bruises that project sites can bring. If you are working on larger project or construction sites, think about wearing a hard hat to protect yourself from any possible head injuries, and glasses to shield your eyes from dust fibers that could cut your cornea. Gloves are also essential when handling wood, metal, or electrical wires.

If you are working on anything that requires a ladder, be careful knowing that gravity will always win! Make sure the ladder is placed securely on a flat surface, only work when it is light outside, and don’t work when the weather is bad to avoid any slips. This next tip should apply for all projects: avoid working under dangerous weather conditions. Bad weather can cause power outages, wet grounds, and bring other hostile elements into your DIY site, putting you at a higher risk for injury. If working on a project that requires the use of a power tool, make sure you have read and understood the manual fully before using. If you are accustomed to handling a power tool, make sure to keep up with the tool’s maintenance, like keeping the blades and tips sharp. This might not sound important but letting a tool’s blade or drill bit dull out will require you to place extra force on the tool while using it, allowing more opportunity for risk of injury.

Finally, be sure to have a fire extinguisher and a fully equipped first aid kit ready. These two items might seem like no-brainers, but from our experience, when an emergency arises these two items can be literally life-saving.

Taking on home improvements projects can be stressful enough, don’t make it that much harder by creating hazards for yourself. Although simple, these safety precautions can make a world of difference when it comes to your safety and self-preservation. We hope you find these safety tips useful in your home improvement projects this spring season!

Remember: if it seems too complicated to accomplish, its best left to the professionals.

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22/Jul/2019

With spring break just around the corner, fun far-off getaways and local vacations are on everyone’s mind, but the dread and anxiety of planning a spring break perfect for the entire family can be stressful! Does a spring break vacation seem like it’s worth the hassle?

Luckily, some of the best Texas vacation spots are practically in our very own backyard here in Laredo, Texas, and almost all offer the perfect combination of fun, relaxation, and adventure. These perfectly Texas-esque spots are sure to entertain every member of your family! So, don’t stress over the “big trip” plans and pick a destination that’s not only within driving distance, but will be just as fun as a cross-country vacay and is full of family memories to be made!

Need some ideas for these awesome local trips for spring break? We’ve got you covered:

Gruene, Texas: Located a mere three-hour drive away, you and your family will get to enjoy one of the most historic towns in Texas and get a taste of their famous specialty shops in and around the city. Just right around the corner from New Braunfels, Gruene is bordered by Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River, making it the perfect spot for beautiful views and water adventures like tubing and boating!

Corpus Christi: Want a beachfront view for the weekend? Then Corpus Christi is the perfect spot, only two and a half hours away with 75 miles of beautiful shoreline. Corpus Christi also has the picturesque Padre Island National Seashore, complete with some of the state’s best beaches, shell hunting, and fishing – it’s a great spot for getting some sun and watching the waves. This town also offers tons of local tours, and the must-see Texas State Aquarium, featuring a 25-foot viewing window and a deck-side dolphin encounter. With so much to do, you and your family will love a getaway in this great city!

Port Isabel: Only four hours away, this is a city made for a Texas fisherman! Get all the supplies you will need on your way in at Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier, and enjoy arguably the best fishing Texas has to offer. This historic little town also has beautiful scenery, beach-front views, iconic lighthouses, as well as excellent museums in and around the heart of their downtown square!

Austin, Texas: Not only is it three and a half hours away, known for its excellent food and music scene but did you know it is also a city that houses some of the state’s most beautiful nature adventures? Take your family on a beautiful hike through Pedernales Falls State Park, all the way down to Bee Cave, and be sure to grab some great street tacos after! Austin holds all the fun experiences that make a spring break,  extended trip or weekend getaway one for the books.

Wanting to stay more local? No worries, we have just as many fun and cost-conscious activities right here in the heart of Laredo, Texas! With a full event calendar in Laredo, events and activities are always being added, so make sure you are staying up to date with what’s going on around the city!

Here are some Laredo must-sees that are perfect all year round. Get some fresh air and beautiful views at the famous Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, Go on an academic adventure at Lamer Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center and Laredo’s Water Museum, or visit The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium!

Whether you are wanting a road trip or a local hangout this spring break, there are tons of daily adventures and weekend getaways all around and in the heart of Laredo – all available at your fingertips! Laredo Emergency Room hopes you and your family get all of the family fun, rest, relaxation, and adventure you need and deserve!

Another great thing to do with the family this Spring Break is exercise! Check out our blog on making fitness fun for the whole family.

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22/Jul/2019

Laredo Emergency Room’s mission is to treat every individual that comes through our doors accurately, efficiently, and with compassionate care. We also strive to make you feel as safe and confident in our professional emergency care as possible, leading you and your loved ones to make us your first choice for emergency medical attention.

From treating everything to a stomach ache, asthma, chest pains, and even broken bones, we have much more to offer than just quality emergency medical services. We have been blessed to have a great medical team, comprised of experienced and local caregivers, nurses and other medical staff members and physicians that have trained at the best institutions throughout the country. At our emergency room, you can rest assured that you and your family’s medical needs are in the best care Laredo has to offer.

As soon as you step foot through the doors of our ER, equipped with top-of-the-line medical equipment and testing services, you will be greeted with not only unparalleled compassion but also comfortable waiting area, and a waiting time that is less than half of what you would face in a standard ER, with no appointment necessary. Because our mission is to meet every individual that comes to us with the best medical assistance possible, we accept all major private insurance providers. Along with having comparable costs to a hospital or other emergency rooms, we have various ways a patient can pay for their medical expenses if you don’t see your insurance provider on the list. We understand how difficult surprise medical expenses can be, so if any of our patients need assistance, Laredo Emergency Room will always be willing to work with you to determine the best payment method, without leaving you in a financial bind. Whether you have insurance, or you are a self-pay patient, we will work with you and the budget that you have.

We believe that nothing is more important than get you the best emergency medical care for you and your family, so don’t let a wait time or a payment method get in the way of receiving the assistance you and your loved one need and deserve. Come and experience the best emergency medical care in Laredo, Texas and see why we are trusted by so many members in the community.

 

We are always here for all your emergency needs, but we also pride ourselves in promoting healthy lifestyles. Check out these 5 great places to exercise in Laredo

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22/Jul/2019

Laredo, Texas is known for many things – from our excellent food, down to the hidden historical gems you can discover throughout the city. One of our most famous traditions is one closest to our hearts, the annual WBCA Carnival, an event where year after year streets are filled with both locals and out of town visitors, all wanting to enjoy the exciting family-friendly celebrations.

Although this is a fun celebration, it can be stressful, especially for parents with young children. The event is meant to be an occasion for you and your family to enjoy and make memories that will last a lifetime, not one that ends in an emergency room visit.  At Laredo Emergency Room, want to make sure that doesn’t happen and help make this celebration as stress-free as possible, so we have put together some steps you can take to prepare and hopefully avoid any accidents that will get in the way of a fun-filled day:

1.) Before heading out to the carnival grounds, make sure all members of your family understand and abide by the Carnival rules. It is important to take note of everything from the instructional signs to listening to park instructors. Carnival grounds can be hectic and filled with areas that have dangerous machinery or wires. Following the rules can help children avoid running the risk of a severe injury when they may not be paying close attention to being safe over having fun.

 

2.) Be mindful of your families footwear. Before heading out to enjoy the carnival festivities, make sure that you and your family members are wearing close-toed shoes. Due to the massive crowds the carnival annually sees, it can be tough for festival officials to keep track of broken glass, potholes, and various other items that can be stepped on or tripped over. Wearing proper footwear will ensure that your family will get around more safely and comfortably when maneuvering through the crowded areas.

 

3.) Members of your family or group should also take time to identify and agree on an emergency meet-up location. This predetermined spot will allow your family to locate each other if someone gets lost from the pack. When picking out a meeting place, it is also a good idea to locate where the nearest bathrooms and the police/medical tents are, in case of an emergency arising that requires immediate medical or authoritative attention.

 

4.) Due to the massive amounts of people that come to enjoy the carnival, there is also a large number of germs that follow. It’s essential that after holding on to rides and using the restrooms, you and your children are washing your hands, keeping the spreading of germs and bacteria at bay. The WBCA carnival also brings out many furry faces, such as livestock and various other friendly animals. Although adorable, and fun to pet, it is crucial to make sure your children are sanitizing their hands when they are done at the petting zoo.

 

Finally, with all the fun the festival brings, it can also distract you from important signals your body is trying to send. It is vital that you are making sure you and your family stay hydrated and not overindulge in the delicious carnival treats. It’s also a great idea to bring a bag with medicine, bottled water, band-aids, hand sanitizer and various other medical items that can help to handle spontaneous issues these long carnival days might bring.

We hope these tips are helpful to all of those in attendance of this fun annual event! If you should find yourself facing a medical emergency this celebratory season, anything from a stomach ache to a broken bone, Laredo Emergency Room is here to help!

 

For more information on the George Washington Birthday Celebration, please visit: http://www.wbcalaredo.org/event/wbca-carnival-sponsored-by-mcdonalds-of-laredo/

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22/Jul/2019

As much joy as the holidays can bring for many of us, the season also brings with it more than its fair share of safety risks. With fireplaces aglow, candles burning, and string lights sparkling on giant piles of tinder, it’s a time for caution as well as merrymaking. Throw in a houseful of festive kids and pets, and your holiday joy could quickly turn into a trip to Laredo Emergency Room for your little ones, or a trip to the emergency vet for your furry companions.

We really don’t want you spending your holidays seeking emergency medical care for the ones you love most, so we’re sharing these holiday safety tips that will help you keep your kids and your pets safe all season long.

  • Watch the cords. Whether you string lights only on a simple tree in the corner or deck out your entire house in LEDs, the electrical cords from string lights can pose a major safety risk, especially for children and pets. Cords that snake out along the floor pose a tripping hazard that can result in falls and injuries to children, and can serve as a chewing temptation for pets. Very young children may even play among the strings and become strangled. So be sure to tuck away all cords and, when you can’t avoid running cords along walls, use cord covers designed to keep cords in place and protected.

 

  • Choose battery-operated candles. Kids are fascinated by fire and often can’t resist the temptation to experiment with lit candles, even if only to blow and watch the flames dance. The problem is that those dancing flames can catch nearby flammable materials, resulting in a potentially catastrophic fire. Pets are often fearful of flames, which may cause them to panic and accidentally overturn a lit candle. The National Fire Protection Association says that the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Luckily, battery-operated candle choices abound, with many realistic-looking options available to help you avoid adding to those numbers.

 

  • Screen the spread. The holidays bring with them many opportunities to indulge in once-a-year treats. Those delicious additions don’t just add calories to our diet – they also pose risks to our children and pets. Overeating can cause nausea and abdominal pain for all of us, but children oftentimes are even more sensitive to ingredients that are new to them and may have more significant reactions. Children also love to grab handfuls of the treats that pop up during the holidays – but because “bite-sized” treats are not one size fits all, children are more likely to choke on these goodies. Be sure to check all treats for size before you serve to your children. Pets are highly sensitive to the delicious smells of holiday foods and often can’t resist sneaking a serving for themselves – so beware of leaving out chocolate and any other foods that may be harmful to your pets.

 

  • Travel safely. The winter holiday season is one of extensive travel for many families with kids and pets, whether on the road or by air. Making your holiday trip safe for the kids and pets in your family is easy with just a few guidelines. First, always buckle up your children, even for long car rides, whether in a baby seat, booster, or the car’s seat belt. Pets can comfortably ride crated if you have the space, or you can fit them with their own seatbelt or car seat. Make sure to never let your pet out of the vehicle without a leash. If flying, don’t have your child sit on the aisle, where passengers are most likely to become injured by passing carts or other passengers.

 

These holiday safety tips are sure to help make your season more enjoyable for you and your family.

But if you should find yourself facing a medical emergency this holiday season, Laredo Emergency Room is here to help 24/7/365.

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22/Jul/2019

Thanksgiving kicks off the most joyous time of year. You’re off of work, spending time with friends and loved ones, enjoying nice weather, and of course, indulging in amazing holiday food! Unfortunately, weight gain over the holidays has become commonplace for many of us, but it doesn’t have to be the norm! If you’ve been worried about how you’re going to avoid the holiday pounds, we have a few ways you can make this Thanksgiving the healthiest on record.

Don’t Come to Dinner Starving

The same rule that applies to grocery shopping applies to Thanksgiving dinner: the hungrier you are, the more you’re going to consume! Have a lighter snack before arriving or bring a snack with you to curb your appetite before dinner. You are less likely to overindulge if you have been able to snack throughout the day.

Create a Colorful Plate

Fruits and vegetables are a great substitute for breads and starches. Remember to keep in mind the benefits and misconceptions of carbohydrates.  Swap the mashed potatoes for green beans, and the dinner rolls for carrots! Take advantage of the nutritious foods that are available to you, or suggest making and bringing healthy dishes for everyone to share! A colorful plate means you have mostly avoided the beige-colored calories – biscuits, gravy, stuffing, and mashed potatoes!

Opt for White Meat

Did you know that dark meat turkey with the skin has twice the fat of white meat, and 40% more calories? Choosing white meat selections without the skin in 3.5-ounce portions will save you on a good amount of calories that come on a Thanksgiving dinner plate. Turkey will also keep you feeling fuller longer.

Think “Simple” for Desert

Instead of going straight for the sugar after dinner, pick deserts that include fruit or something fruit-based. Traditional options like fruit salads and pumpkin pie are great alternatives to frosted sugar cookies and sweet pecan pie! 

Practice Mindfulness and Portion Control

These two approaches go hand-in-hand, as being conscious of your portion sizes and mindful of what you’re consuming will lead to healthier decisions when you’re passing through the casserole buffet line. It is easy to become distracted at family holiday gatherings and begin grazing on the first appetizer put in front of you but stay conscious of the items you’re putting on your plate or napkin.

We can’t tell you how to tell your mom that you just can’t eat her sweet potato casserole, but armed with these tips, you will be able to successfully navigate your way to a cleaner Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

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22/Jul/2019

Across the nation, sport related injuries are on the rise—and they can contribute to many factors. The physical stress is often too much for the growing bodies of young athletes and wearing the proper safety gear isn’t always enforced. And this just scratches the surface.

Studies have now connected concussions to prolonged participation in football. The condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, has led to life-altering physical and mental conditions for many prominent professional athletes. Although sports leagues and schools have sparked nationwide campaigns to help encourage safety in sports at all ages. And though sport related injuries are now on high alert, dangers of suffering injuries are no less alarming. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported the following:

1.) Football accounted for 1, 0240,022 doctor office, emergency room, and hospital visits

2.) Soccer accounted for 368,726 injuries

3.) Cheerleading caused 75,307 injuries

4.) Gymnastics contributed to 67,542 injuries

This is why parents must get involved to keep young athletes safe, in addition to efforts from programs such as Heads Up Football and our very own, here at Laredo Emergency Room. The following are some simple ways you can help protect your child from injuries:

  • 1.) Heart Screenings – Unfortunately, a life of sports is not meant for everyone, especially those of us with heart conditions. It’s never easy to take away something they love, but sometimes that’s the best way to protect our loved ones.
  • 2.) Stretching and Warming Up – To help prepare their body for exercise, make sure they loosen their joints and increase their blood flow by stretching. Encourage them to gently prepare for physical activity by warming up.
  • 3.) Playing with Kids Their Age – Your child can be as large as an older kid and still not as physically mature. Letting them play with them may be too big of a risk and literal hit to take.
  • 4.) Avoiding Excessive Fatigue – Some schools of thought have suggested fatigue contributes to sports-related injuries. Until the cause and correlation are clear, we should not let our children over-extend themselves.
  • 5.) Buying the Right Shoes – Running routes on wet grass in sneakers is an injury waiting to happen. Investing in the right shoes can help keep them out of our ER and on the playing field!
  • 6.) Staying Hydrated – Losing just 1% of their body’s water content can increase the likelihood of injury.
  • 7.) Avoiding Playing while Injured – When not under profession sports contract, playing injured should be out of the question. Let them heel before they get back on the field.
  • 8.) Watching Their Temperature – Combining sports with temperatures in the upper 90’s too 100’s can equal a heat stroke. In the summer, at its hottest, young athletes face the most significant risk.
  • 9.) Consuming Nutritious Foods – Sports injuries can often be a sign of nutritional imbalances. Help avoid the problem by preparing pre-workout-foods that have a healthy balance of proteins, carbs, and calories.
  • 10.) Joining a Team Sport – Youth sports participation can not only help improve your child’s health and physical fitness, but can also boost their self-esteem, and improve their leadership skills!

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22/Jul/2019

With the back-to-school season upon us, it won’t take long for the bugs to come out. And not the creepy crawly kind, but rather the contagious ones… influenza, the common cold, rotavirus, and many others. With our kids being in such close proximity to each other, and often holed up indoors for most of the school year, the time is ripe for sharing infectious germs. And the contagion doesn’t stop at the school playground. Parents catch viruses from their kids and share them with coworkers, often before we even realize we are sick.

In spite of all of this, there are steps we can take to protect ourselves from illness that goes beyond good hygiene habits like frequent handwashing… and that is boosting our immune systems from the inside out. In addition to getting adequate sleep each night, simple dietary changes can help us fight viral infections. To boost your immune system, go beyond the traditional daily glass of OJ and try to incorporate these delicious options into your diet:

1.) Berries – In addition to being a super brain food, blueberries and other berries can help boost our immune systems because of their high levels of flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. These antioxidants bolster our respiratory systems’ defense system, helping to protect us against illness.


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