Category: Children’s Health

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Keeping your kids from making a toxic mistake

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Through the eyes of a toddler, the world is a collection of fascinating shapes and sizes and colors. Some of those colorful shapes contain things that taste pretty good when Mom or Dad pour them into a bowl or cup. The problem is when things that don’t taste so good — that might even be poisonous — come in similar colorful shapes. And curious kids decide to take matters into their own hands — grabbing the big bottle of disinfecting cleanser that looks a lot like apple juice — when their frazzled parents step out of sight. “A lot of …Read More >

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A watchful eye on sports injuries

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

Spring means baseball. And with baseball — and many other sports — it also means parents need to keep a watchful eye open for injuries in their young athletes. Dr. Caitlyn Mooney, a pediatrician with University Medicine Associates, urges parents to take sports injuries seriously. Kids can have special issues when it comes to injuries. They also need plenty of time to heal. With children specializing in a specific sport at an early age, they run the risk of injuries from overuse. In baseball, that might mean a pitcher not resting an arm. Running and jumping can lead to more than …Read More >

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Fever 101

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  Infections  /  News

Fever. It’s often the first thing we check our kids for when they feel sick. But how to treat that fever — and when to worry about it — isn’t always clear. The first thing to know is that a fever isn’t an illness, but rather a symptom. It’s a sign your child’s body is fighting an illness or infection. Fever stimulates the body’s defenses, sending white blood cells and other “fighter” cells to attack and destroy the cause of the infection. A fever is generally considered to be a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, according to the American …Read More >

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Small girl pulling a pan off the stove, risking injury

Burn hazards are everywhere. Here’s how to keep your kids out of the emergency room

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

University Health System’s pediatric burn program treats more than 300 kids a year from throughout South Texas with painful burns. And during National Burn Awareness Week, our injury prevention team is offering a few tips in the hope of lowering those numbers. The biggest burn hazard for kids in our community? Year after year, it’s hot, sticky microwave noodles and soup. “Across the age spectrum, we see the majority of burns and scalds from hot soups and noodle bowls. It is important that if your kids enjoy eating noodle bowls, you are letting them cool before serving,” said Mandy Fultz, coordinator …Read More >

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Health in the headlines

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News

Need to catch up on the latest health news? We’ve gathered the highlights for you. Are your teenagers couch potatoes? Nudge them outside to improve their mood, new research shows. By the same token, make them leave their cell phones on the table before they go.  If teens are vaping, it could put them at greater risk to form a cigarette habit, a panel of experts has concluded. And is obesity contagious? A study of military families shows it’s not that farfetched. Speaking of obesity, the latest craze is a diet based on your DNA. But does it work? And …Read More >

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Ryland Ward, 6, the last patient from the Sutherland Springs shootings to leave the hospital, goes home in a firetruck driven by the firefighter who found him at the scene

A sweet ride home for a little hero

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  Surgery  /  trauma

When it was time for Ryland Ward to go home from University Hospital, where he had been getting treatment — and encouragement from well-wishers around the world — since being rushed there Nov. 5 from the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, a lot of people came together to make sure that ride was a memorable one. In a cherry-red firetruck driven by the firefighter who found him among the victims on that terrible day, Ryland smiled and waved. A multi-department police escort led them through the city and back to his hometown, where family and neighbors lined the street to welcome him. …Read More >

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Keep them safe from household hazards

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Almost all poisonings take place in the home. More than half involve kids younger than age 6. The experts at the South Texas Poison Center, located at UT Health San Antonio, recommends that if you THINK someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 for advice and consultation. Don’t wait for the person you’re worried about to look or feel sick before seeking help. And don’t try home remedies on your own. To prevent poisonings in the first place, here are a few recommendations aimed at keeping your family safe from harm: Never leave small children alone in a room with cleaning, …Read More >

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Listen to your coach! A prescription for young athletes

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

In South Texas, we love our high school football. So what better place to bring together 100 of the nation’s most talented high school players to compete than right here in San Antonio — a.k.a. Military City, U.S.A.? That showcase of athletic ability, the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, will kick off Saturday, Jan. 6 in the Alamodome. In recent years, some of those players have stopped by University Hospital to bring a little cheer to kids in our pediatric unit. In honor of the big game, we asked Coach Ben Cook, athletic coordinator and head football coach at MacArthur …Read More >

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The best fright is fun fright. How to be safe on Halloween

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

Halloween is supposed to be spooky fun. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the busiest nights of the year for emergency departments — including University Hospital’s. It’s not hard to understand why. Lots and lots of happy, energetic kids are circulating through neighborhoods after dark, their excitement overcoming any sense of caution when darting across streets to demand candy at the next available house with decorations and a bright porch light. “Halloween can be the deadliest night of the year for our children,” said Jennifer Northway, director of University Health System’s Injury Prevention Program. “Make sure they are safe.” The chances of …Read More >

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Flu season is near — and it could be a bad one

Categories: Children's Health  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  News  /  Pregnancy

Flu season is just around the corner, and experts predict it could be a bad one. In the Southern Hemisphere, which has an earlier season, the number of lab-confirmed influenza cases was more than double the previous year. In Australia, the virus hit early and sickened record numbers in some areas. “They’re right to be worried about what happened in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Dr. Jason Bowling, an infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio and Hospital Epidemiologist at University Health System. “We could be seeing a bad flu season here this year. We haven’t had one in a …Read More >

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