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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CRI Scientists Pinpoint Gene Likely to Promote Childhood Cancers

DALLAS – Aug. 11, 2014 – Researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) have identified a gene that contributes to the development of several childhood cancers, in a study conducted with mice designed to model the cancers.If the findings prove to be applicable to humans, the research could lead to [...]

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Children’s Medical Center Dallas concludes national pediatric seizure study

DALLAS (August 5, 2014) – Children’s Medical Center Dallas, along with its research partner, UT Southwestern Medical Center, have completed a five-year pediatric seizure study comparing the effectiveness and safety of two commonly used drugs for treating status epilepticus, an ongoing seizure disorder. Researchers from the Perot Family Center for the Care of Brain and [...]

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