Video Interview: Halloween Safety Tips

How are you keeping your children safe this Halloween? In this week’s Take Charge Parenting interview, Molly Bloomfield, an Injury Prevention Specialist at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center, shares some Halloween safety tips for parents. If you’re looking for some healthy alternatives to handing out candy, read about ways you can have a healthy Halloween. [...]

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Have a Healthy Halloween

Halloween is almost here, and your little trick-or-treaters are probably getting really excited. But before the big night arrives, Carolyn Ashworth, M.D., the Healthy Lifestyle Program Adviser at Children’s HealthSM, would like to share some tips to help you keep Halloween fun but make it a little healthier. Healthy Halloween Treats Candy that is high [...]

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What Is 3-D Printing and How Does It Make Lives Better?

Picture a tool that allows a surgical team to plan and rehearse a surgery without making a single incision. Imagine a technology that enables a medical practitioner to virtually peel back the layers of soft tissue to provide greater understanding of a particular patient’s anatomy before an operation. Envision a teaching device that educates the [...]

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Video Interview: Children With Asthma

How can you tell if your child has asthma? In this week’s Take Charge Parenting interview, Angela Moemeka, M.D., Vice President and Medical Director of the Children’s HealthSM Community Health Program, talks about the diagnosis and treatment of asthma in children. Previous Take Charge Parenting Interviews What Is Sudden Cardiac Death? Fall Allergies Children With ADHD  

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Video Interview: Children With ADHD

Are you worried about your child’s focus or level of attention in school? In this week’s Take Charge Parenting interview, Catherine Karni, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the Medical Director of the Psychiatry Outpatient Service at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center, provides tips for parents of children with ADHD.   Previous Take Charge Parenting [...]

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Video Interview: Fall Allergies

Do you know what the most common fall allergy is? Find out the answer in this Take Charge Parenting interview with Leann Kridelbaugh, M.D., an allergy expert from Children’s HealthSM Pediatric Group, where she talks about common fall allergies and how to treat them. Do you or your kids have fall allergies? Leave us a comment below [...]

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What Is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart abruptly stops functioning. When the heart is no longer pumping blood to the brain and other vital organs, death can occur within minutes. “While not common, sudden cardiac arrest is more devastating in young people,” says William Scott, M.D., Co-Director of The Heart Center at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center. [...]

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Welcome to Children’s HealthSM

A healthy change is in the air, and we’re happy to share the details about our establishment of a health care system structure named Children’s Health System of Texas (Children’s HealthSM). Over the years, our standalone pediatric hospital in the Dallas medical district has grown into a clinically integrated pediatric health system that includes two [...]

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Is Your Child Safe From the Rapidly Spreading Respiratory Virus?

With school back in session, the potentially dangerous respiratory virus currently affecting children in 10 different states could continue spreading at an alarming rate. In the past couple of weeks, more than 1,000 children have been treated for the respiratory virus called Enterovirus 68, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If this [...]

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Help Us Name Our New Telemedicine Robot

We have a new telemedicine robot here at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and we’d like you to help us give it a name. This robot will allow physicians to see patients remotely, when appropriate, without sacrificing the in-person level of stellar care our patients are accustomed to receiving at Children’s. Name Our Telemedicine Robot Thanks [...]

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Coping With Separation Anxiety in Children

Separation anxiety is a very normal and expected occurrence among young children, especially for children starting preschool or kindergarten. Although separation anxiety in children is normal, it can be understandably distressing for you to leave your young child at school that is crying and begging not to be left alone. Four Tips for Coping With Separation Anxiety in [...]

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Back-to-School Nutrition Tips

With kids returning to school, we thought it would be a perfect time to ask Kara Gann, a Clinical Dietitian at Children’s Medical Center, for some back-to-school nutrition tips. Make Breakfast a Priority Eating breakfast is the best way to start the day, for children and adults alike. To encourage your kids to fuel up before [...]

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Children’s Medical Center Player of the Week Poll 2014

Welcome to the Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center Player of the Week poll for 2014 where you can vote each week for one of five high school football players from North Texas. Be sure to tune in to the TXA 21 High School Kick-Off Show Thursday or Friday throughout the season when the Children’s Medical Center Player [...]

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Children’s Medical Center ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

When Jody Dean from 98.7 KLUV challenged Christopher J. Durovich, President and CEO of Children’s Health System of Texas, to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Mr. Durovich brought along a host of friends from Children’s to share in the charitable event. Watch Children’s Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge  

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How to Make Butterfly Clothespin Snack Bags

After school is out, many kids head straight for the kitchen for an afternoon snack. Cookies and ice cream are always enticing, but what if you could find a way to offer a healthier alternative that’s fun to make? Local Certified Nutritional Chef Alyssia Webb Birnbaum from Mama’s Gotta Eat says that with a few art [...]

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Leftovers-Turned-Snacks Potato Skins Recipe

As your children head back to school this year, local Certified Nutritional Chef Alyssia Webb Birnbaum from Mama’s Gotta Eat warns that it may not be easy to transition from the loose and undefined mealtimes of summer break to more scheduled dinners. “Food is such an integral part of family life, and involving your children [...]

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Protein Cookies for Breakfast Recipe

There’s something in the air around back-to-school time that makes even the smell of freshly sharpened pencils seem magical. First day photos, new backpacks and family dinners around the table hold the promise of a great school year. To help kick off the year on a tasty note, we asked local Certified Nutritional Chef Alyssia [...]

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Selfie-steem and Relationships: Balancing Our Perspective of the Selfie Generation

When people who take selfies are not suspected of being narcissistic, they are often believed to have low self-esteem. In fact, some argue that posting selfies is a cry for attention. It is true that some who post selfies are probably narcissistic; whereas, some likely have low self-esteem. But taking a more balanced perspective means [...]

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Are Selfies Creating a Generation of Narcissists?

Some say that selfies are creating a generation of narcissists. Others argue that selfies and social networking sites are simply reflecting an old human tendency, just on a more public forum. Still, others provide an alternative perspective on the potential utility of selfies. A simple online search of “selfies and narcissism” readily elicits provocative headlines [...]

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The Selfie Generation

What is a selfie? Why do we take them? Are selfies dangerous? We asked several of the psychologists at Children’s Medical Center to share their expert opinions about selfies to help parents understand more about this recent photo phenomenon. Our primary reason for writing a blog series on selfies is to open up discussion and communication [...]

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Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Tips

Fourth of July is Friday, and whether you plan to enjoy fireworks, hit the lake or have a backyard pool party, safety should be top-of-mind. The experts from The Safety Source-Injury Prevention Service at Children’s Medical Center say the best way to avoid injury from fireworks is to leave them to the professionals. 10 Fourth of July Fireworks [...]

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6 Cool Pool Safety Rules

Summer is officially here, and if your kids are like mine that means the next few months will be filled with them trying to find the best ways to beat the heat. Sprinklers and ice pops are always popular, but the No. 1 request, hands down, is “can we go to the pool?” which is [...]

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What Does World Cup Star Cristiano Ronaldo and Children’s Medical Center Have in Common?

Did you know that international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo almost had his playing career ended by an abnormal heartbeat? At 15, Ronaldo’s heart began racing out of control, even when he was at rest. His doctors were able to find the problem, (a fast heart arrhythmia called tachycardia), and cure him with a catheter ablation procedure. [...]

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Creating healthy habits now can last a lifetime

Most experts (including the ones from Clinical Nutrition at Children’s) agree that cultivating healthy eating and exercise habits in children at an early age increases the chances that those habits will carry over into adulthood. Though much is being done in our schools and communities to help support healthy lifestyles in children, parents and guardians [...]

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5 Lake Safety Tips

With warmer weather on the way, many families will head to the lake to beat the heat and cool off. To help keep you and your family safe, the experts from The Safety Source-Injury Prevention Service at Children’s Medical Center have come up with five lake safety tips. 5 Lake Safety Tips From Children’s Medical [...]

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Asthma inhaler 101

Kids (and parents): meet your asthma inhaler. You probably already have instructions from doctors, nurses and others on how to use the asthma inhaler to get medication into your lungs. But Heather Fay, a registered respiratory therapist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, says everyone could use a little “Asthma Inhaler 101” every now and then. [...]

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7 Tips to Help Avoid a Bounce House Tragedy

Did you see the recent story about a bounce house taking flight in New York? Two young boys who were playing inside were seriously injured after a gust of wind lifted the bounce house into the air 15 or 20 feet off the ground. We’d like to think this is an isolated incident, but it’s [...]

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Is Your Child Safe From the Measles?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that the number of U.S. measles cases in the first four months of 2014 is at an 20 year high. According to Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Director of Infectious Disease at Children’s Medical Center, the incidence of measles in North and South America is still [...]

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Why One Mom Thinks Every Child Should Be Vaccinated

In honor of National Infant Immunization Week, one of our own moms, Heather Duge, shares her story about considering modified immunizations for her baby, EllieKate, and ultimately what led her to choose the vaccine schedule her baby’s doctor recommended. This year’s measles outbreak, the largest one in 18 years, reminds me of the epidemic last [...]

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How Do I Talk to My Teen About Sexual Violence?

It’s difficult to watch or read the news without coming across stories covering bullying and the increased efforts that schools are taking to prevent such behavior from occurring on school grounds. But what about sexual violence in schools? After all, research has shown that verbal bullying and teasing in middle schools predicts later perpetration of [...]

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6 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Car Seat

The best car seat for your child is the one that fits your car, fits your child and that you can use properly every time on every ride. Before buying a new car seat for your child, The Safety Source-Injury Prevention Service at Children’s Medical Center recommends you know the answers to these six questions. What to [...]

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Children’s Cancer Fund 26th Annual Luncheon Pictures

The Children’s Cancer Fund (CCF) 26th Annual Luncheon on April 4 brought together patients from Children’s Medical Center, celebrities and sponsors for an unforgettable and heartwarming experience. The Luncheon raises funds for pediatric oncology research at Children’s and UT Southwestern, child life assistance and underwriting fellowships at the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and [...]

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SMART goals and healthy children

Nearly one in three children and teenagers in the U.S. is overweight or obese, which unfortunately can lead to serious, long-term consequences that affect them for the rest of their lives. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. As parents and guardians, you have a unique opportunity to help your children create and maintain [...]

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What Happens When a Teddy Bear Has Surgery?

At Children’s Medical Center, when a teddy bear has surgery, patients like 5-year-old Nicole Martinez get to learn about their own medical journey in a way they can understand. Plus, it’s a lot of fun, a part of childhood in short supply for many patients in the hospital. Pamela the Bear Visits Children’s Patients at [...]

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Team Shayna’s Red Balloon Run & Ride Donations Benefit The Heart Center

In 2007, 15-month-old Shayna Strauss was diagnosed with congenital heart defects. Her mother Dawn spent 11 agonizing days hoping the cardiac specialists at Children’s Medical Center would be able to save Shayna’s fragile life. Since 2010, Shayna’s family has raised money for Children’s as part of the annual Red Balloon Run & Ride, co-presented by [...]

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Spare the Rod, But Don’t Yell Instead

In recent months, several articles about disciplining children have come out in the media speculating on whether yelling has taken the place of spanking as a common form of discipline for children. Many parents believe that spanking is not an appropriate method of discipline, so instead, they often yell out of frustration because they don’t [...]

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