Author: Texas Children's Hospital

Introducing peanuts to infants

Originally posted here by Dr. Sara Anvari, assistant professor of pediatrics – immunology, allergy and rheumatology clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends parents introduce allergenic and non-allergenic foods – including peanuts – starting around 4-6 months of age, in infants without a history of an allergic disorder, such as eczema or food allergies. This recommendation was made based on the increasing prevalence of food allergies and the evidence suggesting that earlier rather than delayed introduction could potentially help prevent the development of food allergies. Recent guidelines by the National Institute of Health strongly...

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7 common cold tips

Originally posted here by Dr. Erica Wang, Texas Children’s Pediatrics – Grand Parkway Despite its name, the “common” cold is one of the most bothersome childhood illnesses out there. Colds are upper respiratory infections caused by viruses, the most common being rhinovirus, followed by coronavirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and parainfluenza. These viruses infect the nose (causing a stuffy nose), throat (causing sore throats and coughs) and sometimes the lungs (causing cough and wheezing) and eyes (causing pink eye). Viruses come in thousands of different “flavors,” meaning the body has to learn to fight each one separately. This explains...

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Trampoline parks and injuries on the rise!

Originally posted here by Dr. Katherine Leaming-Van Zandt, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist Kids (and adults) of all ages cannot seem to resist the allure of trampolines! Although sky-high jumping and daring flips and stunts may seem like a fun and easy way to exercise or occupy those lazy afternoons, parents should be aware that recreational trampoline use can lead to increased injuries! Each year, trampoline-related injuries result in nearly 100,000 emergency department visits annually.1  Recent safety measures have not significantly reduced injury rates, and potential, life-threatening and catastrophic injuries can occur. Falls (on the mat and off the trampoline),...

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Breakfast Facts

Originally posted here by Kristi King, clinical dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital I get asked on a daily basis about breakfast for kids as well as for mom and dad. Here are some frequently asked questions I thought I’d share with you! Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? For adults, breakfast is the most important meal, only if it is the healthiest meal of the day. For children, breakfast is very important to help meet all of their nutrient needs and get their brains going for school. Breakfast is a great time to get much-needed nutrients...

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Safe sleeping recommendations

Originally posted here by Dr. Stan Spinner, Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care Chief Medical Officer The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced new safe sleep recommendations to help protect against sleep-related infant deaths. Sudden death of an infant less that 1-year of age that cannot be explained, even after a thorough investigation, is referred to as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The cause of SIDS is still unknown. We do know that SIDS is not choking, apnea or suffocation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States...

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