Author: Texas Children's Hospital

Weight Training For Teens and Kids

Originally posted here by Dr. Daren Molina, sports medicine physician at Texas Children’s Hospital. Your son or daughter wants to start a weight training program. Where do you start? How do you help them to be successful and safe? Is it OK for them to be lifting weights at all? Are they too young? What if they’re still growing? All of these are common questions asked by parents of children we see in our Sports Medicine Program here at Texas Children’s Hospital. There are several things to consider when helping your young athlete start a weight training program. Make...

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Ages and Stages Questionnaire 101

Originally posted here by Dr. Stan Spinner, chief medical officer at Texas Children’s Hospital. The use of screening tools is an efficient means of helping health care providers identify areas of deficiency or risk amongst our patients. As pediatricians, we incorporate a number of screening tools to help us assess a wide variety of conditions, including developmental, emotional and behavioral issues. As part of the American Academy of Pediatrics routine screening recommendations for developmental and emotional factors, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) screening is widely used for our younger patients. The ASQ are parent-completed development and social-emotional screeners...

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8 safety tips for post hurricane

Originally posted here by Dr. Harold Farber, pediatric pulmonologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. As we recover from the damage caused by the recent hurricane, safety needs to be top of mind. We want to avoid the heartbreak of more injury and death from failing to pay attention to basic safety issues as we repair and rebuild. Injury and death can occur from electrocution, carbon monoxide and other poisoning, infections and accidents. Experts from the American Thoracic Society have provided the following advice for when you reenter a flooded home: 1. Turn off your electricity and gas to avoid shock,...

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Tips for helping children cope with hurricanes, storms and their aftermath

Originally posted here by Dr. Julie Kaplow, Director of the Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. This blog is available in Spanish and Portuguese below. Preparation Hurricanes are generally predictable, which allows more time to prepare. This period of time can be stressful for kids as they watch their caregivers (often frantically) stock up on food, water, batteries, etc. The anxiety caregivers often experience during this time can be contagious, so it is helpful for them to monitor their own coping strategies when attempting to help their children. Children will frequently turn to the adults in their lives...

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Football injuries and concussions

Originally posted here by Dr. Kristen Ernest, sports medicine specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital. Football season is almost here and many young athletes have already started training! For some, especially in Texas, this is one of the most exciting times of the year. But is football really safe? Football recently attracted concern from parents after the results of recent studies pointed to high intensity contact sports as a direct link to a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is caused by repetitive trauma to the head. Due to the nature of contact sports, like football, players...

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