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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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. During the hot summer months, it's a good time to take stock of how parents can best protect their children's skin.


  • Car seat safety tips for your child's growth and age levels

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    Car seat safety tips for your child's growth and age levels

    Every 33 seconds, a child in the U.S. is involved in a car crash. Regrettably, over a third of the children who died in those crashes were not in a car seat restraint, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.




  • 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.


  • How to have a safer pool party

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    How to have a safer pool party

    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.


  • How to choose the best sunscreen for your child

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    How to choose the best sunscreen for your child

    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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Treating bug bites and stings in children

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    Treating bug bites and stings in children

    As the weather gets warmer, it's not only kids who come out to play – all the creepy-crawlies do, too. With all sorts of bugs flying and crawling around playgrounds and your backyard, your child might be more at risk of a bug bite or sting during the warmer months.

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