Author: Texas Children's Hospital

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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Preventing heat illness

Originally posted here by Dr. Jorge Emilio Gomez, pediatric sports medicine physician at Texas Children’s Hospital. Children and teenagers participating in summer athletics, including strength and conditioning camps and sports-focused camps, are at risk for heat illness. It’s important for youngsters, as well as their parents and coaches supervising them, to be aware of measures to prevent heat illness. Risk factors for heat illness include lack of fluid intake; being overweight; poor physical conditioning; lack of sleep; and wearing tight clothing, layers or dark clothes. Hydration Children and teens should drink plenty of water. Water is the best hydrating fluid.  Encourage children and teens to drink milk with their meals; an 8 oz. glass of milk (cow’s milk, soy milk) has more sodium and potassium than 8 oz. of sport drink. Young athletes should avoid caffeinated drinks (soft drinks, coffee, tea) that will cause increased urine production and water loss. Guidelines for fluid replacement for exercise are as follows: Drink 16 to 20 oz. of fluid four hours before exercise. Drink 3 to 8 oz. every 15 to 20 minutes during exercise. Sports drink may be added if doing continuous exercise for longer than 1 hour. Looking at the color of your urine is a very useful way of check hydration. If your urine is the color of apple juice or darker, you are dehydrated and need to drink...

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Choking hazards 101

Originally posted here by Dr. Anup Kudakkasseril, pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital.   Choking hazards can be anywhere, but being alert for small objects, such as coins, buttons, small toys and certain foods, can help you prevent your child from choking. Check under furniture and between couch cushions for small items that children could find, put in their mouth and potentially choke on. Be on the lookout for these choking hazards in your home and keep them out of your child’s reach. Choking hazard items Household items that are choking hazards and should be kept away from young children...

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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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