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  • Teaching your child about physical differences

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    Teaching your child about physical differences

    One of the most important lessons parents can teach their children is to be accepting and compassionate to those who look different from them. But, it can also be one of the most challenging lessons to teach. Celia Heppner, Psy.D., plastic and craniofacial surgery psychologist at Children's Health and assistant professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern, explains that teaching your child about physical differences begins at a young age and continues throughout childhood and the teenage years.


  • Healthy Pumpkin Pie is a Family-Favorite Recipe

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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.



  • Stronger together: A mom and daughter take control of their health

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    Stronger together: A mom and daughter take control of their health

    In spring 2016, Sandra Hernandez took her 10-year-old daughter Abby for her annual check-up. There, the physician shared that her daughter’s glucose levels were high. With a long family history of diabetes, Sandra knew it was time to act. She wanted to give her daughter more control over her health.


  • Why cold medicines aren't always right for your child

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    Why cold medicines aren't always right for your child

    On average, children suffer from six to eight colds every year. These illnesses, caused by viruses, spread when germs get on toys, doorknobs or other surfaces from dirty hands, coughs or sneezes. Frequent handwashing, avoiding people who are sick, and coughing properly into your sleeve can help prevent the spread of colds. However, children are still likely to get sick because their immune system isn't as well developed as adults' systems.


  • The importance of sleep in preventing type 2 diabetes

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    The importance of sleep in preventing type 2 diabetes

    You probably already know how important it is for your child to get enough sleep – but you may be surprised to learn that children who get more sleep actually have fewer risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. A study published by researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found that the longer children in the study slept, the lower their insulin, insulin resistance and glucose levels.


  • The new normal: How to holiday after separation

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    The new normal: How to holiday after separation

    For recently separated or divorced families, the holidays can bring an acute sense of hurtful emotions and anxiety. The tug-of-war over who will get the kids, combined with the frustrations of fluctuating schedules and loss of routine, can lead to an unhealthy environment for children and a potentially profound emotional impact on them later in life.


  • Keep your young athlete healthy

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    Keep your young athlete healthy

    It may come as a surprise to many parents, but sports-related injuries are the second leading cause of emergency room visits in children and adolescents across the country. And Texas is no exception. Home to more than 7 million youth and an ever-increasing population of young athletes, Texas is a hotbed for sports injuries among children.


  • Early signs and symptoms of autism

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    Early signs and symptoms of autism

    The signs of autism can show up early - even during infancy. While some children may have symptoms of autism at 6 months old, others will be symptom free until they are almost 2 years old. Most children with autism begin showing symptoms before the age of three.


  • Egg allergies and the flu shot

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    Egg allergies and the flu shot

    When fall comes around each year, it’s time to think about everyone in your family getting a flu shot, for their protection and to do your part to boost community health. But, if your child has an egg allergy, you may be concerned about the egg protein in the flu shot.

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