Author: Texas Children's Hospital

Fidget spinner craze: Help or hindrance?

Originally posted here by Dr. Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, developmental-behavioral pediatric expert at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Over the last few months, fidget spinners have become all the rage among children and adults in the United States. Fidget spinners are hand-held devices containing ball bearings that can be manipulated to spin between the fingers. Tens of millions have been sold in the U.S. Manufacturers claim these spinning toys can help children focus better, especially children with autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some parents reported their child improved with the fidget spinner. However, there is no science...

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How much caffeine is too much?

Originally posted here by Dr. Katherine Leaming-Van Zandt, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Caffeinated beverages and foods, such as gourmet coffee drinks, sodas, iced teas, energy drinks, ice cream and candy are readily available to children and teens. However, as parents are purchasing these seemingly innocent treats for their children, they may be forgetting caffeine is actually a drug that stimulates the brain and nervous system. While lower levels may increase a person’s energy, mood and performance, too much caffeine can cause: Jitteriness and tremors Agitation and anxiety Hyperactivity Dizziness Difficulty concentrating Trouble...

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New juice consumption recommendations for infants and children

Originally posted here by Kristi King, clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines when it comes to kids and juice. So what does this mean for your children? Babies: No juice for you! Why? Well, juice, even 100 percent fruit juice, doesn’t offer any superior nutrition versus whole fruits. Babies should be consuming breast milk or infant formula as their liquid nutrition. There is evidence that introducing juice into a baby’s diet before solid foods could cause them to not want breast milk or formula which they depend...

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Put your best fork forward with fruits and vegetables

Originally posted here by Heather Garza, clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital Put your best fork forward this National Nutrition Month by exploring a variety of fruits and vegetables with your family! Surprisingly, about 90 percent of Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Let’s work together to improve that statistic and start benefiting from the most colorful foods on our plate. Reasons to eat fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables have many health benefits and are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. They are filled with lots of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which keep the...

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How much is too much physical activities for kids?

Originally posted here by Dr. Jorge Gomez, Sports Medicine Specialist – West Campus at Texas Children’s Hospital In the last 30 years, obesity has doubled in children and nearly quadrupled in adolescents, with the U.S. having the highest rate in the world. Physical activity is essential for a child’s cardiovascular endurance, strength and bone health. As a result, parents are curious as to how much is too much when it comes to physical activities for their kids. Exercise: Know when to encourage and when to stop Many child fitness experts as well as The Center for Disease Control (CDC)...

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