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    Another Epidemic within the Pandemic

    November 9, 2020, 09:19 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    One in four parents have a child with myopia. Research has shown that working up close such as reading or using a tablet increased the odds of developing myopia. A study found that 48% of children are spending more than 6 hours per day online. This is nearly 500% increase from time spent before the pandemic. Schools, teachers and parents must work together to incorporate eye health strategies to help protect children as they learn online. If a parent has any concerns about their child’s vision they should discuss this with their health care provider.

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    National RSV Awareness Month is Observed in October

    October 2, 2020, 17:13 PM by Dr. Sara S. Ali

    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infection in children under one years old. This virus is most common from October to March, and is spread by contact with respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. Almost every child will be infected with RSV by the time they reach 2 years old. RSV is highly contagious but it can be prevented by taking precautions. Always consult with your Pediatrician for questions and concerns regarding your child. #rsvawareness

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    September 30, 2020, 17:13 PM by Patricia Beach, MD

    Many people have watched with interest the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states. Advocates point to a potential to increase state revenue. But what about our children? Many women assume that cannabis is safe during pregnancy. Prenatal exposure to marijuana is associated with academic underachievement, especially in reading and spelling. A decision to avoid marijuana, and a host of other toxins such as tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs before risking pregnancy is a wise choice in planning for the future of your child.

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    “When you’re smilin’ the whole world smiles with you”

    August 14, 2020, 17:38 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    When songwriters, Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay, and Mark Fisher, wrote the above lyrics, they doubt they had studied the works of Charles Darwin and Paul Ekman on human expressions. However, they did express a universal human truth about smiling. It is the most positive reinforcement. Helping a child grow up with a smile, laughter, and satisfaction is a big part of development. Read full article.

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    A New Age of Parenting

    July 21, 2020, 16:03 PM by Yamileth Hernandez

    Why has there been a movement against spanking, and should we as a society do away with physical punishment? The practice of spanking appears to be widespread across many cultures, and yet in recent years, 30 countries have outlawed spanking. Research has shown that physical punishment is not more effective than other forms of discipline. Read full Op-Ed.

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    Toilet Training Your Child

    June 29, 2020, 10:49 AM by Dr. Snidga Bhatia and Trish Beach, MD

    Toilet training is one of the biggest challenges of parenting a young child! Here are some tips on how to set realistic expectations and make this an important, pleasant milestone for your child. These suggestions are to make the process less stressful.

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    Talking with Teens

    April 30, 2020, 07:00 AM by Dr. Natalie Royer

    Sometimes it can be difficult to communicate with teenagers. It is important to figure out some key ways to talk about these things with the teens in your life. The following are some suggestions on how to encourage open communication between parents and teenagers. The most important thing to remember is that the teenage years are just a phase.

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    Promoting Resilience: A Guide to Increasing Family Harmony

    April 27, 2020, 11:02 AM by Maylin Gerardo-Lopez & Dr. Patricia Beach

    Stress is a part of our everyday life, especially for parents during these tough times. Children learn to cope with stressors by watching what their parents do. Redirect thoughts and actions in a positive direction. Too much stress undermines not only how we feel but our day to day choices. These mindful strategies can be used by both parents and their children to build awareness around challenging experiences.

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    7 Tips for Teaching Children Good Touch and Bad Touch

    April 20, 2020, 09:31 AM by Sara Medsker, DO

    While we would like to believe the best in everyone and hope that we live in a world with only good touch, it is important to know that children can be exposed to bad touch. Abuse, and in particular sexual abuse, is a difficult topic to discuss. We have compiled a list of tips and discussion topics to help you start this conversation with your child. Also, in this article are additional references on how to prevent sexual abuse.

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    Hablando con los adolescentes

    April 15, 2020, 00:00 AM by Dr. Natalie Royer

    A veces puede ser difícil comunicarse con los adolescentes. Es importante descubrir algunas formas clave de hablar sobre estas cosas con los adolescentes en su vida. Las siguientes son algunas sugerencias sobre cómo fomentar la comunicación abierta entre padres y adolescentes. Lo más importante para recordar es que la adolescencia es solo una fase.

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    Promoción de la resiliencia: Una guía para aumentar la armonía familiar

    April 10, 2020, 00:00 AM by Maylin Gerardo-Lopez & Dr. Patricia Beach

    El estrés es parte de nuestras vidas, especialmente para los padres durante estos tiempos difíciles. Los niños aprenden a sobrellevar los estresores observando lo que hacen sus padres. Enseñe a sus hijos cómo llevar su estrés en una dirección positiva. El estrés afecta las decisiones que hacemos día a día. Estas estrategias pueden ser útiles tanto para los padres como para sus hijos para crear conciencia sobre las experiencias desafiantes.

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    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    April 9, 2020, 17:13 PM by Patricia Beach, MD

    During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we recommit to giving every child a chance to succeed and to ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect. Many parents are out of work or working at home, sharing space with their children who need and deserve their attention. Although each situation is different, here is some guidance that may help. Stay healthy, and let's make great childhoods happen.

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    Dealing with Active Children

    April 9, 2020, 17:00 PM by Hannah Wilson O'Donohoe, MD

    Young children can be very active. This is hitting parents extra hard during this trying time of the COVID-19 pandemic with “stay at home” orders and homeschooling requirements. They need help managing their energy levels and you as their caregiver can help them! Although each situation is different, here is some guidance that may help. Stay healthy, and let's make great childhoods happen.

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    7 Consejos para Enseñar a Los Niños Buen Contacto y Mal Contacto

    April 2, 2020, 17:13 PM by By Sara Medsker, DO

    Nos gustaría creer lo mejor de todos y que vivimos en un mundo con buenas intenciones. Es importante saber que los niños pueden estar expuestos al mal contacto. El abuso, y en particular el abuso sexual, es un tema difícil de discutir. Hemos compilado una lista de consejos y temas de discusión para ayudarlo a comenzar esta conversación con su hijo. Además, en este artículo hay consejos adicionales sobre cómo prevenir el abuso sexual de personas menores de edad.

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    Tratar con niños activos

    April 2, 2020, 00:00 AM by Hannah Wilson O'Donohoe, MD

    Los niños pequeños pueden ser muy activos. Esto está afectando mucho a los padres durante este momento de la pandemia COVID-19 con órdenes de "quedarse en casa" y requisitos de educación en el hogar. ¡Los niños necesitan ayuda para controlar sus niveles de energía y usted, como su cuidador, puede ayudarlos! Aquí hay un artículo sobre las formas en que los padres pueden mantenerse tranquilos durante estos tiempos difíciles.

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    Abril es el mes nacional de prevención del abuso infantil.

    April 1, 2020, 17:13 PM by Patricia Beach, MD

    Durante el Mes Nacional de Prevención del Abuso Infantil, nos comprometemos a brindarle a cada niño la oportunidad de tener éxito y a garantizar que cada niño crezca en un ambiente seguro, estable y acogedor que esté libre de abuso y negligencia. Muchos padres no tienen trabajo o trabajan en casa, compartiendo espacio con sus hijos que necesitan y merecen su atención. Aunque cada situación es diferente, aquí hay algunas pautas que pueden ayudar. Manténgase saludable y hagamos realidad una infancia feliz para nuestros hijos.

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    Talking with Children About COVID-19

    March 25, 2020, 13:38 PM by UTMB Pediatrics

    Let's not forget that just like adults, our children may have anxiety and also receive news and information continuously. Children are observant and notice the cues of those around them. This article provides advice on how you can support your child(ren) while practicing social separation. #StayHealthy #homebound

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    How To Talk To Kids About Coronavirus

    March 19, 2020, 09:48 AM by UTMB Pediatrics

    Let's not forget that just like adults, our children may have anxiety and also receive news and information continuously. Practicing healthy coping skills can help kids and adults deal with stress and anxiety. Dr. Jeff Temples speaks to the Texas Standard on being honest and sharing accurate information with children.

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    Sound Sleep

    March 2, 2020, 16:36 PM by UTMB Pediatrics

    Sleep is important for children (or, for that matter, for everyone). Poor sleep in infants and young children can be a source of significant family discord. Your child loves to spend time with you, but a routine is essential. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests building a regular bedtime routine that can ease conflict. Here are some tips for all ages.