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Keeping kids safe from medication poisoning

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Checked your medicine cabinet lately? There’s a good chance it’s stuffed with medicines. In fact, there are more medicines in homes across America than ever before — raising the risk that some of it might fall into the hands of children. More than 59,000 kids across the country were treated in emergency rooms in 2013 — many of them because they got their hands on medicines while parents or other caregivers weren’t watching, especially among kids age 5 and younger. The problem is compounded by the fact that more children are living or spending time with grandparents — who tend …Read More >

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When recreation becomes deadly

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Emergency care

The popularity of all-terrain vehicles, golf carts and other recreational vehicles is on the rise across the country. So is the number of riders — many of them children — who suffer serious injuries and even death. Crashes involving these types of vehicles bring more than 100,000 children and adults to the emergency room each year. A quarter of them are children under the age of 16. And the number of injuries has been rising since the year 2000. In 2008, the most recent year that complete statistics are available, 109 children across the country younger than age 16 died …Read More >

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When to treat a cough

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

It’s an understandable desire among parents to do something when their child has a persistent cough. But experts — including the Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics — say that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines don’t work for young children, and may be harmful. “If symptoms aren’t bothering your child, they don’t need medicine or home remedies,” said Dr. Monica Gonzales, a pediatrician at University Health System. “Many children with a cough or nasal congestion are happy, play normally, and sleep peacefully. Only treat symptoms if they cause discomfort, interrupt sleep or really bother your child, such …Read More >

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Detergent pods can be a serious eye hazard to kids

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

They’re squishy, they’re brightly colored and they look a lot like gummy candies. But they’re actually detergent “pods” that conveniently pop into your washing machine without the mess and hassle of pouring powder or goopy liquid into a measuring cup. The problem is, young kids are mistaking the pods for those gummy candies. And when they bite into them, they can get some of the chemical content in their eyes, causing blinding injuries. Many other children have become seriously ill after eating the pods. In recent months, University Hospital’s Emergency Department has seen a few of these eye injuries in …Read More >

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Protecting kids from preventable illnesses

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

While parents in Bexar County are doing a little better than in the nation as a whole at getting their young children vaccinated, Bexar still lags behind much of Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC released its 2013 National Immunization Survey of children 19 to 35 months of age. Bexar County is one of only a half dozen cities or counties that provide local data to the survey. In 2013, 70.6 percent of Bexar County children had received the complete recommended seven-vaccine series, compared to 70.4 percent for the nation as a whole.  For …Read More >

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Measure the milk to prevent anemia

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Wellness

Maybe you remember those dairy ads from a few years back: “Milk — it does a body good.” While there are lots of nutritional benefits in that glass of milk, it’s also true that too much of a good thing can be bad for your child. As a pediatric hematologist (that’s a doctor who treats blood disorders in kids), I see a number of children each year who develop a form of anemia from drinking too much cow’s milk. These are otherwise healthy children, often about 1 year of age — the time when they’re making the transition from breast …Read More >

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A pediatrician’s back-to-school A-B-Cs: academics, bedtime, chow (and playtime, too)

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Wellness

Another summer is winding down, which means the kids will soon be headed back to school. It’s a hectic time for parents who have plenty to worry about, from school supplies and new clothes to vaccinations. As a pediatrician, my practice is pretty hectic too this time of year, as families fill the waiting room for back-to-school immunizations or sports physicals. But no matter how busy it gets, I always encourage parents to sit down and make plans for the upcoming school year BEFORE it starts. Some of the things I suggest they plan for might come as a surprise. …Read More >

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Marching band?  Don’t forget the earplugs

Categories: Blog

Is your teenager headed to marching band practice? In addition to bottled water and sunscreen, you might also want to send them off with hearing protection. Exposure to loud sounds can cause permanent hearing loss, depending on the loudness and the duration of the sound, as well as the presence of sudden bursts of extremely loud sound — a cymbal crash, for instance. The louder the sound, the shorter amount of time our ears can safely be exposed to it. Etymotic Research found that the typical marching band produces 100 dB of sound. Band students may reach their daily dose …Read More >

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A new appreciation for germs?

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Research

It’s enough to cause a shudder among many parents, whose first instinct is to protect kids from dirt and germs. But new research is pointing to an odd paradox — children exposed to different germs at a very young age were less likely to develop asthma in early childhood.  The study, published online last week in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that young children exposed to some pretty disgusting bacteria, including those from cockroaches and mice, were less likely to suffer from allergies and asthma later. The findings build on earlier research driving one of the most popular …Read More >

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Protecting the head

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Concern about concussions has reached the highest levels. The White House is convening a Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit on Thursday, May 29, bringing together athletes, parents and researchers to focus attention on the risks of head injury to athletes of all ages, all sports and both sexes. The hope is that the conference will raise awareness about the problem of head injuries, and to encourage public and private organizations to invest in research to better identify, treat and prevent these injuries. It’s a major problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate the number of sports-related …Read More >

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