Author: Texas Children's Hospital

Influenza vaccination: Why it’s not just about you

Originally posted here by co-authors Rachel Cunningham, MPH, Immunization Project at Texas Children’s Hospital and Carlie Machir, patient at Texas Children’s Hospital As a mother of two, one of the lessons I’ve strived to teach my children is to think about others, not just themselves. How many of you have heard yourself say, “It’s not just about you!”? If you’re anything like me, you hear it quite a bit. Whether I’m taking my youngest daughter shopping for new shoes while her older sister complains, or trying to explain to them we can’t go to the playground today because we’re...

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Kids Eat Right Month: Healthy and fun school lunch ideas

Originally posted here by Kristina Thorne, clinical dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital School is back in session which means getting back into a routine. For some, packing a school lunch is part of that routine. When the first week of school rolls around we may have the motivation to pack creative lunches, pack lunch boxes the night before and have plenty of new meal ideas. However, as the year passes by, or on those nights where time disappears, goals of packing those creative first day lunches are long gone and we are in survival mode just trying to make...

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6 tips for relieving back to school anxiety

Originally posted here by Dr. Karin Price, pediatric psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital Back to school season can be a time of high emotions – excitement about a new school year, sadness about saying goodbye to the freedoms of summer, anticipation of reuniting with friends, and worry about the unknown. Who will my teachers be? Will they be nice? Will I be in the same class as my friends? Who will I eat lunch with? For some children, nervousness and worry about the new school year can become overwhelming, and parents often wonder what they can do to ensure...

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Nontoxic ingestions 101

Originally posted here by Dr. Spencer Greene, consulting medical toxicologist at Texas Children’s Hospital As a parent, when your child ingests something they shouldn’t it can be very scary. Many times, parents call 911 when these situations arise. However, it’s important to remember that 911 is a valuable and limited resource and much of the time these incidents turn out to be non-worrisome ingestions. The first thing parents should do is asses their child. It is appropriate to call 911 if you note your child is: having difficulty breathing seizing unresponsive If your child is not having any of...

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Which to apply first, bug spray or sunscreen?

Originally posted here by Dr. Martha Rac, maternal-fetal medicine physician at Texas Children’s Hospital With Zika becoming more prevalent and the summer sun beating down, it can be hard to know what to apply first. Do you protect your family from the sun? From Zika? How can you protect your family from both? The Zika virus is transmitted primarily by the Aedes mosquito, a species found in Houston, as well as other areas with similar climates. In 2015, a dramatic increase in the number of Zika infections was reported in South America, with Brazil being the most heavily affected...

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