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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 5 things to know about Crypto and swimming pool parasites

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    5 things to know about Crypto and swimming pool parasites

    When you think of swimming pool safety, drowning prevention may be the first thing to come to mind. But recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is shining light on another recreational water risk: Cryptosporidium (Crypto), a microscopic parasite that can linger in pool water for days and cause severe GI issues.


  • 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:



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Zika virus concerns and prevention

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    Zika virus concerns and prevention

    First discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda, Africa, the Zika virus more recently became a concern in other parts of the world including South and Central America, the U.S. and even locally here in Texas.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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