Author: Texas Children's Hospital

Summer trauma 101

Originally posted here by Dr. Bindi J. Naik-Mathuria, Trauma Medical Director at Texas Children’s Hospital. With less time spent in the classroom and more time spent outside, children’s risk for injury increases tremendously. Amidst all of the summer fun, it’s important to keep safety in mind in order to prevent unexpected trips to the trauma center. Below is some useful information about common summer injuries, as well as a few tips to keep your active young one safe this summer. Common trauma/injuries seen during the summer Drowning Temperatures are on the rise and many of our kids flock to...

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Summer learning loss

Originally posted here by Dr. Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, pediatric development specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital. We are in the midst of summer, and our children have been out of school for over a month now. It is time to start thinking about summer learning loss. Summer learning loss refers to the amount of academic information children and adolescents forget over the course of summer break that puts them further behind in school. Research suggests that students can lose up to three months of reading skills and one month of math skills if they do not practice those skills over the...

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Why is sleep important?

Originally posted here by Dr. Samira Armin, pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital. No one starts the day off on the right foot unless they’ve had enough sleep! Sleep is essential; yet, according to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 30 percent of children and 75 percent of teenagers are not getting the right amount of sleep. Below, I have answered a few important questions to help better understand the importance of sleep so you can help your child catch a few more Zs throughout the night. How much sleep does a child need each night according to his or her...

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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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