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Lowering the Risk of Lower Back Injuries in Young Athletes

Posted by Angie Curtis, M.D., M.P.T. on Oct 4, 2017 8:09:00 AM

As youth sports and the push for potential scholarships become increasingly competitive, injuries become more common. Lower back injuries in young athletes must be taken seriously to avoid permanent damage, but a better strategy is to prevent them. 

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Topics: low back pain, young athletes

After the Flood

Posted by Suzanne Condron, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Sep 16, 2017 8:10:00 AM

Now that we Houstonians have emerged from the shock of our city’s devastating flood and moved on to repair and recovery, we need to be aware of some post-disaster issues in our midst.  A large swath of the Gulf Coast just experienced a collective trauma, affecting everything from our homes and neighborhoods to our schedules and health.  As resilient as they are, our children are not immune to the effects of the damage and disruption.

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Topics: hurricane Harvey, children, dealing with the aftermath

These Are the Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Sep 13, 2017 7:58:00 AM

You’ve probably heard of autism spectrum disorders – they are common and varied. What I find from talking with parents is there isn’t a lot of knowledge about what these disorders actually are or how to look for signs that your child might be on the spectrum. 

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Topics: autism, autism spectrum disorder

How to Recognize and Deal With Night Terrors in Kids

Posted by Jessica Lanerie, M.D. on Aug 23, 2017 8:16:00 AM

We’ve all had nightmares, but do you know what a night terror is? Common in children, night terrors can be a source of stress and sleepless nights for your kids and you. Let’s talk about how to deal with them. 

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Topics: night terrors

Don't Underestimate the Importance of the Almighty Nap

Posted by Paula Schlesinger, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Aug 16, 2017 7:58:00 AM

Sleep is so important, especially for children’s developing minds. It’s where their little bodies will repair and prepare for growth and it’s when hormones are released that help with their development. But how much sleep is needed? And is there a routine that should be followed? These are questions I get from parents, so if you’re unsure about what to do or not do, you’re not alone! 

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Topics: infants, nap, toddlers, napping

Using Cotton Swabs to Clean Your Child’s Ears May Land You in the E.R.

Posted by Ghazala Abuazza, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Aug 5, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Using cotton swabs to clean ears may very well be your ticket to the emergency room.

Research shows that cotton-swab-induced mishaps are a major cause of ER visits among U.S. adults and children in need of treatment for bleeding ear canals and punctured eardrums.

As reported in the Journal of Pediatrics, cotton swab injuries to children’s ears most often occur when children use the cotton tip applicator by themselves, followed by injuries when a parent or sibling used it clean a child’s ears. The highest rate of visits to the ER for ear injuries is among children 3 and younger.

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Topics: kids Qtips, kids ear wax, kids cotton swabs

Answers to Common Breastfeeding Questions

Posted by Erin Eckhart, M.D. on Jul 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

As a pediatrician, I’m frequently asked questions about breastfeeding by new moms who want to be sure they’re doing the best for their babies. I want new moms to know you’re not alone in your uneasiness or uncertainly. It’s a challenging time! Here are some questions patients frequently ask me about breastfeeding. Making an informed decision about what’s best for both mom and baby starts with good questions like these. 

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Topics: New Moms, Breastfeeding, breastfeeding questions, breastfeeding problems, breastfeeding questions answered

Putting the Brakes on Car Sickness

Posted by Kara Carter, M.D. on Jun 17, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Does this sound familiar? You get your family into the car for a long trip. Things seem to be going pretty well until one of your children tells you their stomach hurts or they don’t feel well. Before you know it, they’ve broken into a cold sweat and the burger you fed them an hour ago is now all over the front of their outfit and the car. Your child probably has car sickness. While it’s a tough lesson the first time it happens, the good news is there are ways to prevent it in the future. 

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Topics: carsickness, carsick, how to prevent motion sickness, car trips with kids

UTIs and Kids

Posted by Ghazala Abuazza, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Jun 7, 2017 7:58:00 AM

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in kids are more common than you might think - especially in girls. In fact, by the time children are 8, about 8 percent of girls and 2 percent of boys have experienced a UTI. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know.

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Topics: urinary tract infections in kids

Why Playing Outdoors Is Important for Kids

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on May 24, 2017 7:52:00 AM

We see copy-and-paste posts on Facebook about the “good old days” when kids left the house at 8 a.m., played outdoors and didn’t come home until the street lights came on. They almost always draw comments pointing out that kids today don’t enjoy the same life. While some of that might be nostalgia talking, it’s true the world has changed and kids don’t play outside as much as previous generations did. Still, it is good for them and in more ways than you probably realize.

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Topics: outdoor play

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