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    10 Ways to Keep Your Child's Heart Healthy

    Take charge of your child’s heart health by developing habits now that will reap benefits later in life. According to Dr. Colin Kane, pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Health, the most effective way to do this is to make healthy living a priority for the whole family.


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    3 Cool Rules for Being Safe in the Pool

    A swimming pool is a great place for kids to cool off. It's also a great place for kids to get into trouble when no one's looking. How well does your child swim? Pool safety starts before your child ever gets into the water and understanding your child’s skill level can help you make smart decisions about water safety. You can learn more about your child’s swimming ability by going to your local YMCA to receive a FREE swim assessment. If your child is not a strong swimmer, enroll him or her in swim classes. The YMCA offers swimming classes for children six months and up. Even children that pass a swim assessment can benefit from additional swim instruction. Learning the rules of the water and how to be a strong swimmer is a great defense against drowning.


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    4 Back to School Tips That May Surprise You

    The start of a new school year can be exciting, but it can also make your child feel anxious, especially if last year was a rough one, or if he or she is entering a new school. There are a lot of great back-to-school tips online (e.g., get on a good sleep schedule before school starts, get organized the day before, eat a good breakfast, know your class schedule and syllabus). So instead of rehashing what’s already out there, here are 4 back to school tips.


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    5 Tips for Preventing Hot Car Deaths

    We all know that the Texas summer heat is serious business. But did you know that Texas leads the nation in hot car deaths? Each year an average of 10 children in Texas die from being left a hot car. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, on a relatively mild 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can rise 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. And because a child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's, the risk of heat stroke, brain damage and death is much greater for children left in hot cars.



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    5 tips for an active, healthier winter

    As the winter months’ approach and the temperatures get cooler, many of us hibernate and seek out our favorite comfort foods. Making time for physical activity not only helps you offset all the holiday eating, but it can also help you create new family traditions around healthier behaviors. Following these five tips from the experts at our Get Up & Go program can help you get on the road to a healthier winter.


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    6 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Primary Care Pediatrician

    Choosing a primary care pediatrician to care for your child may be one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent. "There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a physician," says Ray Tsai,.D., president of MyChildren's Pediatric Practice. "A good place to start is to ask for referrals from friends and neighbors. You'll also want to look for a practice that's convenient to your home, has convenient hours and takes your insurance. Before you make a final decision, set up an appointment to see how the practice runs and what type of rapport you have with the physician and office staff."


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    6 Signs Your Child May Have an Eating Disorder

    Eating disorders are characterized by unhealthy approaches to eating, weight and exercise. But they are more than a refusal to eat healthy; eating disorders are complex psychiatric disorders. If your child has an eating disorder, he or she also might have problems with self-image, anxiety and even depression. As many as 30 million people in the United States have an eating disorder. The causes of eating disorders continue to be researched. Biological, sociological, psychological and cultural factors can all play a part in the development of an eating disorder.



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    7 Common Asthma Questions Parents Ask

    If you worry that your child might have asthma, or your child has recently been diagnosed, you probably have plenty of questions for the doctor. To make the most of your visit with the pediatrician, make a list of those questions and bring them with you. Here are seven questions you'll definitely want on the list:


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    7 tips for buying safe toys this holiday season

    Toys can be hazardous, resulting in hundreds of thousands of injuries each year for children age 14 or younger. As holiday time approaches, make informed decisions about toy purchases by keeping our tips in mind.


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    8 Facts about food allergies in children

    Allergies are one of the most common health conditions affecting children (age 0-17). Food allergies currently affect 4 - 6% of our youth in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of children diagnosed with food allergies is steadily increasing – up 18% in the past decade.


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    8 Tips for preventing allergies this spring

    Hay fever is far and away the most common allergy in the United States. Depending on the type of pollen your child is allergic to, he or she may only have symptoms at certain times of year. For instance, a child with a birch pollen allergy will have increased symptoms in the spring when birch trees are in bloom. Kids with grass allergies will be hit hardest during the summer, while those with ragweed allergies will suffer most in the fall.


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    The big move: 8 ways to help your child adjust to a new school

    Some anxiety should be expected as the new school year gets underway. Every child is different and will handle change in his or her own unique way. Here are a few tips to help your child cope with a significant change in their school environment.


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    A brave young girl beats the odds and gives back

    When Brentlee, age 5, was born, all signs pointed to a happy and healthy baby. Her mother Amber carried her to full-term, her delivery went smoothly and she scored great on the Apgar assessment often performed on babies at birth. It wasn’t until she began having difficulties feeding that her mom first suspected something may be amiss.


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    A childhood connection leads to a heartfelt career

    Erin Hunter, RN, BSN, underwent her first open heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot, or TOF for short, when she was just nine months old. She was referred to Children's Medical Center by her physician after her mom noticed she lacked the energy of a typical infant, especially during feedings, and her fingers and lips occasionally turned blue. She would go on to have six additional open heart surgeries by the time she was 11 years old.


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    A deeper dive into pool safety rules

    We’ve already shared the three essential rules to pool safety. Now let’s dive deep into some more helpful water safety tips to keep your pool safe all year around.






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    Adult vs. pediatric hospital: What’s the difference?

    While both adult and pediatric emergency departments have the goal of saving each patient's life and healing their ailments, pediatric departments are more specialized in treating children. In fact, each physician at Children's Health is specially trained in treating young patients. Children are all we care for here, and it allows us to deliver the best care for your child.


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    After her successful scoliosis surgery, this teen is back on the ice

    Ice skating has always come naturally for 16-year-old Alexa Hassell. She competes regularly and is a coach for younger skaters. When a fall through a trampoline in 2016 resulted in the discovery of scoliosis, Alexa worried about getting back to her favorite pastime.



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    Are you Prepared to Help your Child Cope with Anxiety?

    Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children and, if they go unrecognized and untreated, can lead to poor school performance or socialization, loss of sleep and even eventual substance abuse. While anxiety is a normal emotional response to stress, anxiety disorders are psychiatric illnesses characterized by constant and overwhelming worry or fear. Anxiety types and their symptoms can include.


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    Asthma

    The Asthma Management Program at Children’s Health℠ Children's Medical Center is an outpatient educational program that focuses on asthma education and self-management skills. With that goal in mind, our pediatric asthma experts have put together the following list of educational resources for patients and their families:


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    Back-to-School Anxiety: Ways to Help Your Child Cope

    A new school year can trigger feelings of anxiety in children of all ages. There are new classes, teachers, friends and pressures -- all mixed with the physical changes that come with growing up. As a parent, you are the first responder in your child’s life when they are feeling anxious.


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    Back-to-School Nutrition Tips

    With kids returning to school, we thought it would be a perfect time to ask Kara Gann, a Clinical Dietitian at Children's Health, for some back-to-school nutrition tips. Eating breakfast is the best way to start the day, for children and adults alike. To encourage your kids to fuel up before school, sit down and eat with them. The act of eating breakfast together models that breakfast is important. If a rushed morning routine keeps you from sitting down for breakfast, set aside 10 to 15 extra minutes to eat. Wake up just a little bit earlier if needed.


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    Backyard trampolines are not safe for children

    Although jumping, bouncing and somersaulting on trampolines may be fun for kids, it’s not worth the risk. About 100,000 children, in the U.S., are injured on trampolines every year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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    Springtime Recipe: Beanie Burgers

    We asked the dietitians from our Get Up & Go team to offer up healthy, delicious recipes that fit the spring season. These beanie burgers are light, tasty and a great alternative to the fast food options that many families choose.



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    Bronchitis in Children: Home Remedies for Kids

    With cold and flu season underway, it's possible your child could come down with a case of bronchitis. And while the symptoms sometimes sound awful - wheezing and a deep, nagging cough that produces mucus - bronchitis in children is typically a mild condition. Home remedies for bronchitis in children can be very effective.


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    Bullying at School: Helping Your Child Deal This Fall

    We asked Melissa Faith, Ph.D., ABPP, and Celia Heppner, Psy.D., Children’s Health℠ pediatric psychologists, for some helpful insights, what signs to look for and how a concerned parent can help their child cope with the issue of bullying. According to stopbullying.gov, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. An estimated 75% of children are bullied at least once during their school career, and 10-20% of children are bullied repeatedly over a much longer period of time. Children who are bullied repeatedly over a long period of time are at most risk of problems with behavior, mood, school performance and family or social relationships.


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    Just the Facts: Busting 6 Asthma Myths

    The spring and summer seasons bring on higher pollen counts, more humidity and changes in air quality, which means it's asthma season. Our knowledge of this condition is constantly improving, but plenty of myths have stuck around. Let's set the record straight about your child's asthma.


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    Caffeine for kids: safe with limited intake but not recommended

    "Caffeine is generally recognized as safe by the FDA, but caffeine is not recommended for children," says Children's Health registered dietitian, Denon Stacy. "The U.S. doesn't have official guidelines for caffeine intake in children, but a safe threshold according to a recent edition of the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology is < or = 2.5 mg caffeine/kilogram/day remains an acceptable limitation."



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    Springtime Recipe: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    We asked the dietitians from our Get Up & Go team to offer up healthy, delicious recipes that fit the spring season. These lettuce wraps are flavorful, easy to make and a lighter alternative as the weather begins to warm up this season.



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    Living with Lupus: Answers to Questions About Lupus in Children

    Lupus is a type of autoimmune disease, which means a person's immune system attacks healthy tissues and organs instead of just harmful invaders like bacteria, viruses and fungi. In systemic lupus erythematosus, also known as SLE or just lupus, the immune system may attack and inflame the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other organs.


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    Children's Health on Good Morning Texas: Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Stormi Pulver White, Psy. D., a pediatric psychologist with the Children's Health Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities joined Dr. Sue Hubbard on WFAA's Good Morning Texas recently to discuss Autism Spectrum Disorder, its signs, symptoms and what you as a parent should know.


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    Children’s Health Level I Trauma Center

    When 11-year-old Hanna was injured by a vehicle that slipped out of gear, she received the first of many blood transfusions while in flight to Children's Medical Center Dallas, the only Level I Trauma Center in North Texas. Hanna stayed in our trauma ICU for almost 40 days.


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    Codeine & Your Child

    With cough and cold season underway, you need to be aware that a time-honored, go-to treatment for children’s coughs is no longer recommended. The FDA is investigating the safety of codeine cough syrup for children younger than 18, and the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends against codeine for children with coughs.


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    Separating Allergy Facts from Fiction

    If your child has seasonal or year-round environmental allergies, you already know many of the basic facts. You know your child’s symptoms are triggered by allergens like pollen, dander, or mold spores. You’re aware that these symptoms can make outdoor sports and other activities difficult, if not impossible, for your child during certain months. And, you know your doctor can prescribe certain treatments to ease the sneezing, itching, and watery eyes that appear each year.


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    Common Sports Injuries: What is a Hip Pointer?

    If you have an athlete in your family, you are probably painfully aware that sports injuries do occur. One injury that is common among athletes is called a 'hip pointer". While you may be picturing a cool, new dance move, a "hip pointer" is actually an injury that occurs from a blunt impact on the point of the hip called the "iliac crest". This type of injury is common among football players but can occur in players of all sports.





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    How Does Living in the Dallas Area Affect My Child’s Seasonal Allergies?

    Every year the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks the worst cities for allergies. In spring 2015, Dallas was the 19th worst. In spring 2016, it fell to 27th — better, but still one of the worst in the nation. Texas is deep in the Pollen Belt — the region of the country that stretches from the southern Midwest to the Southeast. It’s the worst area for allergies in the nation. If your child has seasonal allergies, they have some specific challenges living in the Dallas area. Unlike some other parts of the country, there’s a seasonal allergy for all four seasons:.


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    Dehydration Can Sneak up on Athletes

    The calendar may say it’s time for fall sports, but the weather is still hot. All those sprints, laps and drills in the sun can take their toll, so before your young athlete heads out for sports practice, remind them to stay hydrated.


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    Don’t Let Scoliosis Throw Your Kid a Curve

    If you grew up being reminded to stand up straight or pull back your shoulders, you’re not alone. But for three out of every 100 adolescents who are diagnosed with scoliosis, perfect posture [Link to Posture article] might be out of reach without medical intervention.


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    Ear Infections — Educational Resources

    An ear infection is the number one reason parents bring a child to the doctor. While rare in adults, 75% of kids will develop an ear infection by the time they are three years old. An ear infection most often affects the middle ear and is usually caused by bacteria. Fluid and mucus buildup behind the eardrum causing pressure and, eventually, pain. Ear infections usually follow a respiratory infection such as a cold or a sore throat. If the ear infection is bacterial, the bacteria will spread to the middle ear causing an ear infection. In a viral infection, the bacteria are "driven" to the middle ear by the virus, resulting in a secondary infection.


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    Easy-peasy pita pizza

    When hunger strikes in the middle of the day, why not try something simple yet yummy. Denon Stacy, M.S., R.D.L.D., a clinical dietitian at Children's Health, makes a pita pizza in less than 15 minutes.


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    Fast Facts: Managing asthma in the winter

    Have you ever noticed that it's more difficult to breathe in the wintertime? That's because cold air causes your airways to contract. For kids with asthma, that constriction can make breathing much more difficult — and makes asthma attacks more likely. Meanwhile, other health conditions like the flu and respiratory infections are more common during colder months, and those can make asthma symptoms worse.


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    Fidget spinners Q & A with Children's Health experts

    Fidget spinners are the most popular gadgets of the moment amongst middle schoolers. But many teachers are finding them very distracting and banning them in the classroom, despite some people believing that they can improve focus in children with ADHD. Patricia Rodriguez, M.D., a pediatrician at Children's Health, and Roshini Kumar, Clinical Therapist, LCP, in the Pediatric Outpatient Psychiatry department at Children's Health answer some questions about the choking hazards of fidget spinners and healthier ways hyperactive children can burn off excess energy.


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    First Aid and CPR for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children

    While rare, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can affect infants, children and teens and can be fatal if cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not administered quickly – usually in a matter of minutes. Structural or functional problems with a child’s heart, arrhythmias or genetic syndromes can increase the risk of SCA. And, while some of these conditions are identified, monitored and treated from birth, certain rhythmic or structural problems don’t produce symptoms and may not be diagnosed unless caught on an unrelated screening or found in a family member. Certain serious injuries and allergic reactions can also lead to SCA.


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    Food Allergies — Educational Resources

    The Food Allergy Center at Children’s Health℠ Children's Medical Center is working toward finding a cure and improving the quality of life for children and families dealing with food allergies. If your child has food allergies, refer to the following list of resources that was developed by our pediatric food allergy experts.


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    Food allergies don’t have to dampen the spirit of the holidays

    With the holidays around the corner, most parents are looking forward to their child’s Thanksgiving feast, school Christmas parties and family meals. But for me and many others whose children have food allergies, it can be a scary and stressful time of year. Most holiday foods contain at least one of the top eight allergens – milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts. For example, Elliekate, my 3-year-old daughter, has a severe food allergy to eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and sesame. She cannot have the traditional recipes for most all holiday foods including sweet potato casserole, stuffing or pie.


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    Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Chocolate Cake

    We’re sharing recipes for an entire food-allergy-friendly holiday meal. You’ll want to try them all! The following Chocolate Cake is allergy-friendly recipe and is free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. It's also gluten and dairy free.


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    Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Herbed Prime Rib Roast

    Recent research shows that 1 in every 13 children in the United States has a food allergy, that’s approximately 2 children in every classroom. The following recipe is free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. This week, we’re sharing recipes for an entire food-allergy-friendly holiday meal. You’ll want to try them all!


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    Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Holiday Berry Sauce

    Even if your kids don’t have food allergies, it’s likely that this holiday season you’ll be cooking for one of your kids’ cousins or friends who is allergic to one of the top eight food-allergy triggers (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat).


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    Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

    We’re sharing directions for Sweet Potato Apple Casserole. In the United States 90% of all food allergic reactions are caused by just eight foods: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. This week we’re sharing directions for an entire food-allergy-friendly holiday meal. You’ll want to try them all!


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    Fractured vertebra: More common than you think in young athletes

    Your young athlete works hard to be at the top of their game. It can be difficult to know what aches are normal and what pains need a doctor’s attention. If your child frequently bends or twists their back during sports and they experience frequent lower back pain, it might be time to ask their doctor about spondylolysis.


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    Easy, healthy recipe: EGGstraordinary Frittatas

    Breakfast is an EGGcelent way to start the day. Why not try something simple yet extraordinarily delicious to get your kids EGGcited. Denon Stacy, M.S., R.D.L.D., a clinical dietitian at Children’s Health℠, whips up a delicious recipe for egg frittatas. Using three different food groups, this recipe is EGGstra healthy and sure to satisfy your kids' hunger.



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    Hanna’s Story: Expert care when she needed it most

    For Hanna, age 11, and her family, July 2, 2016, started off just like any other Texas summer day. They were out at their friend's house, the sun was out, and it was hot. The older kids had gone up to the barn to feed the horses while Hanna found refuge from the Texas heat in the shade of a tree. Though it's not clear exactly how it happened, a John Deere Gator™ utility vehicle slipped out of gear and rolled down the hill towards Hanna, crushing her against the tree.


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    Healthier Triple Mac n Cheese

    Like most, your Thanksgiving meal probably means a feast of many different sides in addition to the turkey and desserts. But there's no reason why you couldn't prepare healthy versions of those sides to help make the meal a bit more nutritious.


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    Healthy Pumpkin Pie is a Family-Favorite Recipe

    It sounds contradictory, but not all sweets have to be bad for you. Often, what makes sweets unhealthy in the first place is that we eat too much of them. So, when thinking about ways to keep your children healthy through the holidays, consider healthy alternatives to traditional treats, and remember to emphasize portion control at every meal, party and snack-time.


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    Healthy Resolutions - A Family Affair

    Olivia Munger, is a Registered Dietitian in the Children’s Health Get Up & Go program, gives parents three tips for a healthier new year.




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    How to help your child stay motivated in school

    It's not news that not all children enjoy school. If your child dreads going to school each day or simply seems uninterested in working hard in school, their motivation for learning may be an issue. You can help your child get excited about school at any age by getting involved and providing the right sort of praise. To help your child stay motivated academically, below are a few key strategies.


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    Your Guide to Hives: Identify, Treat and Prevent Urticaria in Children

    When you find hives on your child, you may worry about their cause. Does your child have a serious allergy to a certain food or chemical? Is he or she on the verge of a viral infection? These reddish or pinkish raised bumps, sometimes with a white center, can have a variety of – mostly mild – causes, from allergies and illnesses to stress and weather. They are often very itchy.



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    How to Pack Fresh, Fit School Lunches

    Parents, now that the holiday break is over for your little ones, it's time to start thinking about school lunches again. Making, packing and taking lunches from home ensures your kids get a healthy, well-balanced meal at school.


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    How to navigate accommodations and modifications in public schools

    Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, children with disabilities, including learning, intellectual or physical disabilities, are required to receive extra support in public schools. By law, your child should have a 504 plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that outlines what accommodations and modifications they need in school.


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    How to spot and stop bullying

    Whether your child is being bullied or acting like a bully at school, these behaviors can affect their self-esteem, relationships, and mental health. As a parent, you can help protect your child’s emotional well-being by watching out for the signs of bullying and getting your child the help they need.


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    Influenza — Educational Resources

    To help your family stay healthy during flu season, the infectious disease experts from Children’s Health℠ have developed resources about the flu.


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    Is that dog friendly? Tips on helping your children avoid dog bites

    During the summertime, dog bites rise due to the increased amount of time both dogs and children spend outside. Whether it is an unfamiliar dog or family dog, all dogs can bite and need to be approached carefully. Keep your family safe this summer by following tips from our expert.


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    Is your teen at risk for online challenges?

    As teens grow and learn, their brains are programmed to seek out new and different experiences, which can make a challenge on social media so appealing. Some of these online trends carry a positive goal, such as altruistic video challenges raising money for a worthy cause. Others, however, involve risky behaviors that are much more dangerous — sometimes even deadly. Teens have suffered severe injuries and some have even been killed while trying to be part of this craze.


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    Kids in the Kitchen: Cooking Safety Rules for Children

    The process of cooking involves a variety of skills that we seldom think about as adults, says Olivia Munger, a Registered Dietitian in the Children's Health Get Up & Go program. The math you use when calculating measurements, understanding the science behind browning onions and the motor skills needed for dicing garlic are all abilities you began developing as a child. When you involve children in the cooking process, they not only become familiar with different foods and how to cook them, they also learn age-appropriate developmental skills. Children can begin helping with basic meal preparation as young as 2 years old. Get them started early washing produce or measuring ingredients, and by the time they reach preteen years, they will be able to make a few simple dishes with minimal direction from you.



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    Toddler training 101: Toilets and sleep

    Toddlers have a lot to learn. Just as they are mastering basic motor skills and early speech, they also need to start learning how to use the potty and sleep in a "big kid" bed. Below are tips on how you can successfully train your little one to use the potty and sleep in their own bed.


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    Managing childhood allergies

    Your child's immune system works overtime to protect her from disease. It produces antibodies that attack foreign invaders like germs and pathogens so your child won't get sick. Sometimes, though, the immune system makes antibodies for substances that aren't harmful, such as pollen, pet dander or certain foods. When that happens, it's known as an allergic reaction. Allergies are very common in children.



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    In case you MIST it: Nasal flu vaccine gets shelved this season

    If you are like many parents, the nasal mist option made it much easier to ensure your child was vaccinated against the flu. You didn’t have to worry about your child’s fear of needles or the screams of terror and fall-down tantrums leading up to the injection. Plus, the post-vaccination ice cream or cookie treat became more of an option than a promise.


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    New fruit juice guidelines Q&A with Children’s Health expert

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their fruit juice guidelines, recommending no fruit juice for children under 1 year. Denon Stacy, Clinical Dietitian, MS, RD, CSP, LD from Clinical Nutrition at Children's Health answered a few questions regarding the new recommendations.


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    Be in the Know About Norovirus and Kids

    A norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines, also known as gastroenteritis. Often referred to as "stomach flu," this infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the United States - causing diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, fatigue and mild fever in more than 20 million people each year.


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    Over the Counter Medicine

    If a medicine doesn't require a prescription, many parents assume it's safe for their child to take. That's not always the case. Children often need smaller doses than adults take, while other medications aren't meant for kids at all. At Children’s, we want all kids to feel better, but we also want them to be safe.


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    Pertussis can be fatal to your child – everyone should get vaccinated

    Pertussis is a highly contagious illness of the respiratory mucous membrane. It’s marked by a series of short, violent coughs sometimes followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like whoop. A type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis causes this infectious disease. The bacteria attach to the cilia (tiny, hair-like extensions) that line the upper respiratory system. Bordetella pertussis toxins (poisons) damage the cilia and cause airways to swell.


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    You can win the picky eater battle

    "We tend to think of young children as picky eaters because by nature they are suspicious of new foods, and at this age they start exerting their independence in the form of saying 'no!'" says Olivia Munger, a Registered Dietitian with the Children's Health℠ Get Up and Go program.


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    Pink Eye — Educational Resources

    Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the thin membrane that covers the inner eyelids and white surface of the eye.


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    Help Your Family Prevent Cycling Injuries This Spring

    Studies estimate that large numbers of these cyclists experience physical problems: 48 percent in their necks, 42 percent in their knees, 36 percent in the groin and buttocks, 31 percent in their hands, and 30 percent in the back. No matter why they use a bicycle, young people can follow some basic safety principles to avoid common cycling injuries.


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    Rashes — Educational Resources

    A rash is a patch of red, inflamed skin that may be itchy, painful or swollen. Rashes are common in kids and can be the result of many things, including allergies, infections or irritants. Most rashes are easily treated and clear up quickly. If your child's rash lingers or doesn't respond to medications, call your doctor.


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    Ride your bike smart and safe

    If you're a Baby Boomer or part of Generation X, you may or may not have worn a bicycle helmet when you cruised around the neighborhood with your friends. These days, we're a lot safer. Most kids learn to put their helmet on first before they even test out their first pair of training wheels.


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    Riding a Bike to School

    For many kids, riding their bike to school is a rite of passage. It means you're one of the big kids, the cool kids. But dangers abound, even for older children, when traveling to school. In 2011 we had 10 patients sustain injuries that required admission to Children's Health℠ after being hit by a car while riding their bike and one of these children died.


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    Safety Tips for Kids Walking to School

    The danger of walking to school has never been greater than it is now with texting, tweeting and phone calls to distract drivers. During the back-to-school season — in August and September — at Children's Medical Center, the Emergency Department sees an increase in trauma-related pedestrian, bicycle and school bus injuries. Last year, there were 83 patients admitted to Children's after suffering injuries from being hit by a car while walking and six of these children died. Many of these injuries and those like it are preventable by following some simple safety guidelines. "The most common injury we see from children walking to school is a vehicle collision with a human," said Claudia Romo, program manager for Injury Prevention at Children's Health℠. "These injuries can range from scrapes and bruises to multiple fractures, head and brain injuries."


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    School Bus Safety Tips

    "The big yellow dog," school buses, are supposed to deliver our children safely to school. But even still, during the back-to-school season — in August and September — at Children’s Medical Center, the Emergency Department sees an increase in trauma-related pedestrian, bicycle and even school bus injuries. And many of which are preventable by following some simple safety guidelines.



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    Screening for Heart Disease in Children

    In another recent post, you learned how childhood obesity can be a significant risk factor for heart disease, especially when it’s accompanied by factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or prediabetes, physical inactivity and an unhealthy diet. The first line of defense against childhood obesity includes incorporating more physical exercise and nutritious foods into a child’s lifestyle.


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    Seizures — Educational Resources

    Improving seizure care for children in North Texas is a top priority for the team at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center Dallas. With this goal in mind, our pediatric epilepsy specialists have put together a list of resources to assist families and other health care providers with the management of seizures.

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