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  • School bus safety tips

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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.


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

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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.


  • Surviving two-a-day or prolonged practices

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    Surviving two-a-day or prolonged practices

    Beginning for many youth athletes in late July or early August, two-a-day practice sessions are a common part of early-season conditioning in football and other fall sports. These extra training sessions help to accelerate physical conditioning, skill development and team development; however, athletes experience increased amounts of physical, mental and other types of stress during these multi-session practice days as they manage high energy demands, limited recovery time and increased worry of making the team or earning a starting position. The heat and humidity of summer practices add additional stresses as well.


  • Turn your child’s screen time into an opportunity for learning

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    Turn your child’s screen time into an opportunity for learning

    You know too much screen time is not a good thing for your child. But what about when that screen time is used to build skills in math, science and reading? There are a wide variety of educational apps that can keep your child entertained while learning at the same time.


  • Riding a bike to school

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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.



  • 8 Facts about food allergies in children

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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.


  • Fractured vertebra: More common than you think in young athletes

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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.



  • How to pack fresh, fit school lunches

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    How to pack fresh, fit school lunches

    Parents, now that the 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.


  • Back-to-School nutrition tips

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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.



  • Survival guide: Your young athlete and two-a-days practices

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    Survival guide: Your young athlete and two-a-days practices

    These extra training sessions help to accelerate physical conditioning, skill development and team cohesion. However, athletes can experience increased amounts of physical and psychological stress during these multi-session practices. Troy Smurawa, M.D., is the Director of Pediatric Sports Medicine at the Children’s Health℠ Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He shares a few tips to help your athlete survive two-a-days and extended practices while gearing up for a great season by getting the most out of each workout.


  • Back-to-School anxiety: Ways to help your child cope

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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.


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

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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.


  • Tick-Tock: Time to adjust your child’s sleep schedule

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    Tick-Tock: Time to adjust your child’s sleep schedule

    As your family’s extended break from school comes to an end, one important item that may be missing from your back-to-school checklist – or may be started too late – is transitioning your student’s sleep from a break-time schedule back to a routine school-night schedule.


  • Bullying at school: Helping your child deal this fall

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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.


  • What are signs of bullying parents can look for?

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    What are signs of bullying parents can look for?

    If your child is being bullied at school, he or she might be hesitant to share that information with you. In this video, Celia Heppner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children's Health, shares signs to look for if you suspect your child is being bullied or teased.


  • Safety tips for kids walking to school

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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."


  • How can parents give kids confidence to deal with bullying?

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    How can parents give kids confidence to deal with bullying?

    Parents often want to know what they can do in their own interactions with their kids to give them the confidence to deal with bullying. In this video, Celia Heppner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children's Health, shares the importance of modeling healthy behaviors for children.


  • How can parents help children open up about bullying?

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    How can parents help children open up about bullying?

    One reason a child might be hesitant to tell a parent about bullying is fear about how a parent will react and fear of receiving unwanted attention at school if their parent intervenes. In this video, Celia Heppner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children's Health, shares strategies for parents to help their children be open in their communication about bullying.


  • How can parents talk to their children about bullying?

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    How can parents talk to their children about bullying?

    Parents often want to know the best way to talk to their kids about bullying. In this video, Celia Heppner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children's Health, shares tips for keeping lines of communication open about the topic.

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