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Bounce Houses: Inflated with danger

We’ve told you about the dangers of trampolines before, and even recommended parents not buy one. Our Injury Prevention experts have similar reservations about bounce houses, especially in light of new information detailed in a recent ABC News story. An excerpt: Claudia Romo, manager of the Injury Prevention program at Children’s, says if you decide […]

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Car Seat Safety Recall Announced

Is your child’s car seat safe? This week, Britax voluntarily recalled 60,000 car seats due to a potential choking hazard caused by the chest pads on certain models. Find out if your child’s car seat has been recalled. If your model is listed, you can request a replacement chest pad that is provided free of […]

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Safety Tips This Spooky Season

Trick or treat, give me something good to eat! OK, kids probably won’t be asking for healthy goodies on Halloween, so clinical nutritionists at Children’s Medical Center recommend these tips to help keep your kids (and your neighbor’s kids too) from overdoing it: Candy Tips and Safety Don’t send children out on an empty stomach. […]

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Fueling Your Athlete

Fueling Your Athlete

Nothing says “Texas” like youth sports. From soccer tots to linebackers and gymnasts, our kids are ready to compete. To help them perform at their best, they need more than practice, pads and playing time. They need proper nutrition. Four tips for fueling your athlete 1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Proper hydration — before, during and […]

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Concussion Discussion

  Sept 19, 2012 – Fox 4 News discusses sports concussions with Shane Miller, M.D., Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist at Children’s Medical Center.  Surprisingly a fair number of concussions are received by girls playing soccer. A new Texas law requires kids to get a doctor’s approval to return to play following a concussion.

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boy riding bike to school

Riding a Bike to School

For many kids, riding their bike to school is a rite of passage. It means you’re one of the big kids, the cool kids. But dangers abound, even for older children, when traveling to school. In 2011 we had 10 patients sustain injuries that required admission to Children’s after being hit by a car while […]

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School Bus Safety Tips

“The big yellow dog,” school buses, are supposed to deliver our children safely to school. But even still, during the back-to-school season — in August and September — at Children’s Medical Center, the Emergency Department sees an increase in trauma-related pedestrian, bicycle and even school bus injuries. And many of which are preventable by following […]

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Safety Tips for Kids Walking to School

The danger of walking to school has never been greater than it is now with  texting, tweeting and phone calls to distract drivers. During the back-to-school season — in August and September — at Children’s Medical Center, the Emergency Department sees an increase in trauma-related pedestrian, bicycle and school bus injuries. Last year, there were […]

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Dehydration Can Sneak up on athletes

Sprints. Laps. Marching band drill-downs. These are a few activities that your football players, cheerleaders, marching band players and other fall athletes are concentrating on as they prepare for fall sports. In August. Outside. Under the boiling hot sun. One thing they’re probably not concentrating on? Hydration. Most teenagers prioritize it about as much as […]

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