Parents, if You Do Only One Thing this Summer, Make Sure it’s Signing Your Child Up for Swim Lessons

Posted by Felicia Workeneh, M.D. on Jun 20, 2018 10:15:00 AM

School’s out and many of us, including our kids, are hitting the beach or pool or tubing in the Hill Country. But not everyone who does so knows how to swim. Accidental drownings happen to about 3,500 people per year in the United States, and the majority of those involved children younger than 14. And yet, drowning is preventable. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found kids who take swim lessons are 88 percent less likely to drown. So, before your children spend any amount of time in the water, please enroll them in swim lessons. 

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Topics: child drownings, swimming lessons for kids, teach your child how to swim, help prevent drownings with swimming lessons

Ready to Dive into a Pool of Disease-Causing Parasites?

Posted by Michelle Udayamurthy, M.D. on Jun 16, 2018 9:45:00 AM

School is out, so there’s a good chance you and your family are planning a vacation soon – and I bet you’re looking forward to that! What’s not inviting about a resort where you can relax, not worry about doing dishes or laundry, and unwind in a pristine pool for however long you choose? Except there may be more than meets the eye with respect to the “pristine” pool, such as invisible parasites and bacteria that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were responsible for nearly a third of recreational waterborne disease outbreaks between 2000 and 2014. Who’s ready to jump in? 

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Topics: swimming pool parasites, swimming pools disease, swimming pools germs, swimming pools bacteria

Stop Using Benzocaine Teething Products!

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Jun 13, 2018 8:13:00 AM

All you want to do is help your feverish, drooling, cranky baby who’s teething and isn’t sleeping, to feel better. For years, parents have reached for teething products with a numbing agent called benzocaine to help relieve the pain that comes from teething. And even though products containing benzocaine have been used for decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning against using these products, saying benzocaine poses a serious risk to infants and children younger than 2 years old. 

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Topics: benzocaine warning, benzocaine teething products, FDA benzocaine warning

Bulimia and Anorexia Aren’t (Sadly) Just for Adults

Posted by Sadiya Jamal, D.O. on Jun 9, 2018 9:10:00 AM

As the world evolves, we sometimes find that problems our children face are showing up at earlier and earlier ages. For instance, recent studies have shown that children as young as 8 have shown symptoms of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Here’s what concerned parents need to know about these disorders and how they could be silently affecting your child.

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Topics: eating disorders in kids, anorexia nervosa in kids, bulimia in kids and adolescents, signs your child might have an eating disorder

Tips for Surviving a Summer Pregnancy

Posted by Paul Itam, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Jun 2, 2018 8:52:00 AM

Summer is a time to relax and enjoy the longer days and beach waves, but when you're pregnant the heat can really make you feel miserable. 

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Topics: summer pregnancy tips, how to keep cool while pregnant, pregnant in the summertime

The Telltale Signs of Roseola

Posted by Phong Van-Liaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. on May 26, 2018 8:27:00 AM

A sky-high fever accompanied by a rash caused by a virus that generally affects children – these are the major symptoms of roseola. Fortunately, though, roseola is common and typically isn't life-threatening. Because it’s common among kids 6 months to 2 years old, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with it – especially if you have a child younger than age 6. 

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Topics: roseola, rash, high fever, roseola signs and symptoms

Help! My Kid Is a Sore Loser!

Posted by Phong Van-Liaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. on May 19, 2018 9:17:00 AM

Everyone likes to win – who doesn’t? But for everyone that wins, there’s someone that loses, so teaching your child not to be a sore loser early on is important. Throwing tantrums if they lose, quitting when they’re behind, or losing their temper if you beat them are all pretty significant signs that you’ve got a sore loser on your hands. These issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Not only that, but sore losing can also lead to things like cheating or being a boastful winner, and who would want to play with someone like that? 

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Topics: poor sport, sore loser, sportsmanship

It’s Time to Face Facts: Childhood Obesity Is Getting Worse, Not Better

Posted by Kelly Coleman, M.D. on May 16, 2018 7:56:00 AM

While there was some thought that childhood obesity was on the decline in America, a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that more children than ever are at risk for obesity and the other conditions that come with it. 

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Topics: child obesity, childhood obesity

The Fourth Trimester: New Guidelines for Postpartum Care

Posted by Christina Frome, M.D. on May 9, 2018 10:51:14 AM

Pregnancy doesn’t end when the baby is born. That may sound like a strange statement, but every woman who has given birth knows that her body and mind don’t immediately bounce back to their pre-pregnancy state postpartum. 

In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have released new guidelines for postpartum care due to this phase lasting from six to 12 weeks, earning the term “the fourth trimester.” The guidelines are based on the idea that physicians should look at postpartum care as an ongoing process rather than a single follow-up visit shortly after birth. 

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Topics: fourth trimester, postpartum care, new guidelines for postpartum care

Finding Out Your Baby Is Breech

Posted by Joseph Salinas, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on May 7, 2018 8:18:00 AM

Most babies arrive head first, but not always. Sometimes the baby is in a bottom-first or feet-first position. This is what’s known as a breech birth or breech baby. 

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Topics: ob/gyn

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