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Testing the waters

>In Texas, swimming pools are synonymous with summer. Chances are, trips to the community or country club pool, or even days at a local water park are on your family’s hot weather “to-do” list. As temperatures begin to soar, the clear-looking water becomes more and more alluring. But wait. What exactly is in the water? […]

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Summer cleaning should include trampolines

Yep, summer is sneaking up on us. This month’s students will be next month’s worry-free-ers and sleep-in-ers. And I am flat jealous. The truth is, though, I’m closer to being one of their parents than to being one of them. Swimming pools. Snow cones. Syndicated mid-morning TV. Shorts. Sandals. They’re all yesterday’s relics for me. […]

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What to do instead of spanking

> Spanking has been in the news again. When your child misbehaves, sometimes you might think a swat on the behind is deserved. But, there are many better alternatives to spanking. Child development expert Pete Stavinoha, Ph.D., a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Medical Center, suggests these other ways to interact with your child: Clear communication. […]

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Girl suffering from a mood disorder

Depression in children

You may have heard recent news about child suicide, including a 9-year-old in the Dallas area. Most suicide attempts in children and adolescents occur in the midst of depression or other mood disorder, and even younger children can experience depression. And now you may be wondering how common is depression in children and adolescents; what […]

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Why vaccine research is important

>The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a new vaccine called Prevnar 13 means parents now have a vaccine that provides broader protection against one of the main bacteria that causes infections in children up to 5 years old. The bacterium, called Streptococcus pneumoniae, can cause infections of the blood, middle ear, the covering of […]

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Choking hazards

>When I’m in a rush at work, I tend to wolf down my food. I fail to heed mom’s advice to chew my food slowly and thoroughly before swallowing it. But, given a statement issued Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about possible choking hazards, I’ll try to be more mindful of how […]

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Time to untip the scales

> Let me share a few facts with you: One in three American children is overweight or obese. Billions of dollars are spent every year treating obesity-related conditions. Public health experts say this generation of children is on track to have shorter lifespans than their parents. I (like you may already have done) read these […]

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