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  • Preparing your child for summer camp

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    Preparing your child for summer camp

    Summer camp is a favorite childhood memory for many and can play an important role in a child's growth and development. Camp can help children build confidence, make new friends, try new activities and stretch their independence. Most importantly, camp is a place where kids can be kids and simply have fun.


  • How to prevent and treat heat rash in children

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    How to prevent and treat heat rash in children

    Texas summers are well-known for their heat and humidity – two weather conditions that make heat rash more likely in babies, toddlers and even older children. Nnenna Agim, M.D., Division Director of Dermatology at Children's Health and Associate Professor at UT Southwestern, shares tips for helping your child avoid this prickly rash – and what to do if it appears.


  • Drowning prevention: 3 rules for pool safety

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    Drowning prevention: 3 rules for pool safety

    A swimming pool is a great place for kids to cool off during the hot summer months – but without proper safety precautions, swimming can pose serious risk to children. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1 to 4 in the United States. Whether you have a backyard pool or hot tub, or take your child to a public or friend's pool for a party, keep these three essential rules in mind:


  • 10 summer safety tips for kids

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    10 summer safety tips for kids

    Summer is a favorite time of year for many children – and for good reason. The long days of summer provide a much-anticipated break from school and are often filled with swimming, cookouts, travel and outdoor fun. But summer can also carry danger for children. Drowning incidents increase during the summer months, and the hot sun puts kids at risk of sunburn, dehydration and heat-related illness.


  • A deep dive into pool safety rules

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    A deep dive into pool safety rules

    Drowning prevention and water safety is important year-round. Learn pool safety tips for all seasons from Children's Health.



  • 7 tips for traveling with a car seat

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    7 tips for traveling with a car seat

    Whether vacation involves driving across the country or flying to a new location, there's one item parents of infants and toddlers shouldn't forget to pack: their child's car seat.


  • How to choose the best sunscreen for kids

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    How to choose the best sunscreen for kids

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


  • 3 Tips for healthy summer eating

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    3 Tips for healthy summer eating

    Many students associate the onset of summer break with freedom – no homework, no tardy bells and no schedules. But for many families, that freedom also brings a loss of structure. Healthy lifestyle goals are easily forgotten as children sleep late, snack all day and rediscover daytime TV.


  • How to get rid of swimmer's ear

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    How to get rid of swimmer's ear

    Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an infection in the soft tissue of the outer ear, which is the part of the ear you can see outside of the eardrum. It's caused when bacteria or fungi break into the soft tissue and begin to grow and spread.


  • How to have a safe pool party for kids

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    How to have a safe pool party for kids

    Pool parties are a great way for kids to cool off, celebrate and get out some extra energy during the warmer months. However, being in the water comes with some risk. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. – and data from Children’s Health shows that 38.8% of children who came to the ER for a drowning event were swimming in a new environment, such as a pool party.


  • 5 Tips for preventing hot car deaths

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    5 Tips for preventing hot car deaths

    Did you know that Texas leads the nation in child hot car deaths? According to KidsAndCars.org, 125 children died from vehicular heatstroke in Texas between 1990 and 2018. Hot car deaths in 2018 were at an all-time high with a total of 52 children dying in hot cars nationwide.



  • A guide to sun protective clothing for kids

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    A guide to sun protective clothing for kids

    Research shows that just five serious sunburns can greatly increase a child's risk of developing skin cancer later in life. The hot summer months are a good time to take stock of how parents can best protect their children's skin.


  • Ride your bike smart and safe

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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.


  • Stock your pantry for quick and healthy meals

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    Stock your pantry for quick and healthy meals

    The groundwork for any healthy lifestyle habit is planning. Spending a few minutes each weekend planning meals and snacks for the upcoming week will save time and money by avoiding last-minute grocery runs or trips through the drive-through lane.



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

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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.


  • 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.


  • Protect your family from insect-borne illnesses [Infographic]

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    Protect your family from insect-borne illnesses [Infographic]

    According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of disease cases from mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled from 2004 to 2016. Additionally, nine new germs spread by mosquitos and ticks have been discovered since 2004.



  • Zika virus concerns and prevention

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    Zika virus concerns and prevention

    Although first discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda, Africa; the Zika virus has recently become a concern in other parts of the world; including South and Central America, the U.S., and locally here in Texas. Most of the population is not significantly impacted by Zika infections; however, others can incur serious ramifications.


  • 5 tips for playground safety

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    5 tips for playground safety

    Just because playgrounds are designed for kids doesn’t mean they are injury-proof. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 children go to the emergency department for a playground-related injury each year. These injuries can include fractures as well as traumatic brain injuries such as concussion.


  • Preventing and treating chigger bites in kids

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    Preventing and treating chigger bites in kids

    The summer months bring excessive heat to North Texas – and with that heat also comes an excessive amount of insects. With many families spending time outdoors, conditions are just right for painful and annoying bug bites.

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