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Now’s the Time to Start Preparing Kids to Go Back to School

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Aug 8, 2018 8:19:00 AM

If you’re like many of the parents I know, your schedules can become a little lax from June to August when school is out. It can be hard to break away from that, but there does come a time when it’s a good idea to start getting kids back into a routine before school starts. In fact, that time is now. Not only will doing so help them adjust to the new school year, but it also will likely help you, too! 

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Topics: back to school, school routines, routines for school

Ouch! My Kid Has Little League Elbow!

Posted by Kara Carter, M.D. on Jul 30, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Gone are the days when young athletes play their sport for a few months a year and then take a long break. Year-round play is the new norm, and not only are kids playing year-round, they’re also competing at a higher level. This means that paying special attention to how your kid is playing, and for how long at a time, is important to help reduce injuries like little league elbow. 

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Topics: little league elbow, how is little league elbow treated, kids sports injury elbow

Kids and Hot Cars Don’t Mix

Posted by Jessica Lanerie, M.D. on Jul 11, 2018 8:08:00 AM

It’s July, and temperatures in Houston have already exceeded 100 degrees with humidity factored in. During the summer, it’s incredibly important to stay vigilant when it comes to leaving children in the car. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle nearly every 10 days in the United States. In 2017, there were 42 accidental heat-related car deaths in the United States, and seven of those were in Texas. 

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Topics: the danger of kids in hot cars, heat related car deaths, never leave a child alone in a car, forgetting kids in the car

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, teach your child how to swim, swimming lessons for kids, 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, FDA benzocaine warning, benzocaine teething products

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

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, pregnant in the summertime, how to keep cool while pregnant

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

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: sore loser, sportsmanship, poor sport

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