Author: Texas Children's Hospital

Creating a cheerleading emergency kit: Preventing and treating common cheer-related illnesses and injuries

Originally posted here by Dr. Katherine Leaming Van-Zandt, emergency medicine physician at Texas Children’s Hospital. Like many others, I enjoy spending time with my children and watching them participate in their sporting events and activities! With two daughters on all-star and school cheerleading teams, it’s difficult not to get caught up in the thrill of seeing them learn new cheerleading and tumbling skills, build confidence and self-esteem both individually and as a team, and perform exhilarating, yet exhausting, routines during a game or competition. However, even as I’m mesmerized and amazed by the extreme, fast-paced tumbling, gravity-defying jumps, and...

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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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