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  • The facts about summer sun safety

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    The facts about summer sun safety

    When it comes to buying the right sunscreen, there are so many choices you may not know which is best. Sunscreen, or sunblock, protects skin against the sun's ultraviolet A (UVA) ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburn.


  • 5 Tips for Preventing Hot Car Deaths

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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.


  • Talking with your child about suicide

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    Talking with your child about suicide

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults, according to the CDC. Most suicide attempts in children and adolescents occur in the midst of depression or other mood disorders. Nearly one in five high schoolers have seriously considered suicide within the past 12 months, and about 8% have made an attempt. Many do not want to die, but they feel ambivalent (i.e., have mixed feelings) about life and simply want to end emotional or physical pain. Suicide is 100% preventable and there are effective treatments to help. Dr. Nicholas J. Westers, a clinical psychologist at Children’s Health, offers the following advice for parents.


  • Sun Safety Tips for Kids

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    Sun Safety Tips for Kids

    It's warming up, and outdoor activities are in full swing. With temperatures increasing fast and skin cancer on the rise in young adults, it's important to protect your kids from the hot Texas sun. These sun safety tips will help you do just that.


  • 3 Cool Rules for Being Safe in the Pool

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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.


  • A deeper dive into pool safety rules

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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.


  • Vacation checklist – healthy travel tips

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    Vacation checklist – healthy travel tips

    Whether you're taking a day trip to a nearby town or traveling across the country to see the sites, you'll need essential supplies to keep your children happy and healthy along the way.


  • Backyard trampolines are not safe for children

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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.



  • Vaccines protect children from crippling or fatal diseases

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    Vaccines protect children from crippling or fatal diseases

    Vaccines protect children from getting sick from many crippling or deadly illnesses. Thanks to decades of immunization, diseases like measles and polio are mostly a thing of the past in the U.S. "Despite what you may have heard, vaccines are quite safe for children," says Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Director of Infectious Disease at Children’s. "In fact, the risks to your child from catching the diseases vaccines prevent far outweigh any threat posed by the vaccines themselves."


  • 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.


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