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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • Is that dog friendly? How to prevent dog bites in children

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    Is that dog friendly? How to prevent dog bites in children

    Every year, more than 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites and at least half of them are children, per the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are more likely to be severely injured.

  • 5 playground safety tips for parents

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    5 playground safety tips for parents

    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 concussions.

  • 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.

  • Sun safety tips for kids

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    Sun safety tips for kids

    During the summer months, outdoor activities are in full swing and the sun is shining bright. It's important to teach children that a healthy and safe summer starts with protecting their skin.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bike safety for kids

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    Bike safety for kids

    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 before they even test out their first pair of training wheels.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 6 summer safety tips for teens during the coronavirus pandemic

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    6 summer safety tips for teens during the coronavirus pandemic

    Summer is typically a time of fun and relaxation for children and teens – offering a break from school and long days filled with swimming, cookouts, travel and time with friends. This summer, however, poses unique challenges and risks as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread and many families wonder how to navigate summer plans during a pandemic.

  • How to keep kids active in the summer

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    How to keep kids active in the summer

    During the hot summer months, you might be wondering how to keep your children physically active. While high temperatures might tempt you to sit inside all day, health experts say it's important to keep moving.

  • 10 tips for handling summer boredom

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    10 tips for handling summer boredom

    Over the summer, without classmates or schoolwork, many children find themselves a little bored. This year, when children have already been out of school for so long and may not be able to enjoy summer camps, vacations or their regular activities, boredom may be even worse.

  • Snake bites and children: What to do

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    Snake bites and children: What to do

    Texas is home to its fair share of venomous snakes including copperheads, rattlesnakes, cottonmouths (water moccasins) and coral snakes. While these snakes and their bites are certainly frightening, snake bites are rare and rarely fatal. Each year, about 1 to 2 people in Texas die from snake bites.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A parent's guide to fireworks safety

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    A parent's guide to fireworks safety

    For many, the Fourth of July holiday is a highlight of summer – and fireworks are often part of the day's festivities. Because of how common they are, many parents may think at-home fireworks are harmless for their children, but that is unfortunately not the case. More than 10,000 people are treated in emergency departments in the U.S. each year due to injury from fireworks. Of these, nearly a third are children under 15.

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