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Ways to Help a Child Through Sleep Terrors

What are sleep terrors? What causes them, and what should I do when they occur? — Kelly S.   Occasional nightmares are normal after 6 months of age. However, some children have sleep terrors, which are different from nightmares; they are very alarming sleep events they rarely remember. During sleep terrors, children exhibit profound fear […]

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Why Do Children Get Warts?

When you think of warts, do slimy frogs or toads waiting to slather their wart juice on unsuspecting hands come to mind? Or roots that anchor the wart from the top of the skin down to the bone? There are a lot of fantasies and fallacies out there like these when it comes to warts. […]

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How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

How many hours of sleep per day do children need at different ages? — Melanie M. A good night’s sleep is as important to youngsters as a hearty breakfast. There is no magical number of hours that they require at varying ages, but there are averages. Newborns should average eight or nine hours of nighttime […]

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Meet Active Wife and Mom Dr. Ximena Lopez

Ximena Lopez, M.D., is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Children’s Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. We caught up with her to find out who she is inside and outside of work. WHAT SHE DOES: Has dedicated her research and practice to specializing in pediatric Type 2 diabetes and pediatric obesity. […]

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Should Kids Drink Caffeine?

Q: Is it OK for my 9-year-old son to drink caffeine? — Lucy R. A: Caffeine is fine as an occasional treat for children; it’s only a problem when it becomes a routine. If your son is drinking caffeine daily, try to offer substitutes like water or low-fat milk. If he does drink a caffeinated […]

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