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    Strangers are Dangerous in Online Games

    March 27, 2023, 00:00 AM by UTMB Pediatrics

    Keep the gaming device in a central location where there is a lot of traffic and aski children what games they like and why, ask who they are gaming with and if any stranger has contacted them, and be aware of the games’ content and use parental control.

  • Kids need GOOD Fat Rather Than LOW Fat

    March 21, 2023, 00:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    The saturated fat in whole milk, coconut oil or salmon is different from the saturated fat found in pizza, French fries and processed meat products

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    Children and Adults need a variety of Food

    March 17, 2023, 11:30 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Children (and the entire family) should have a variety of foods from five major food groups daily. Each group supplies important nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. The five food groups are vegetables, fruits, grains, protein foods or dairy products.

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    Babies Learn when they Play

    March 10, 2023, 16:54 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Many things have changed since almost all of us have become accustomed to the many electronic devices that surrounds us today. The first electronic “device” occurred in 1745. We know such names as Ben Franklin, Volta, Ampere, Morse, Edison, Hertz, Tesla, Marconi, and Einstein just to name a few that helped discover the power of electricity and expand its many uses. Since that time, 278 years ago, we are surrounded by electronic devices and are struggling to adjust to its changes to human development and cultures. As most readers know the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no devices except video conferences with family and friends before the age of two. This also implies that the family has limited access while caring for young children and supervised access for older children. So what is the parent supposed to do with their time? Do they know how to play with young children? Has the passing of generations of parents with devices helping with child care lost the knowledge of playing with children? Play that helps with exercise for babies during the tummy time can be placing yourself or a toy just out of reach of the baby. Or place toys in a circle around the baby to help develop the muscles to roll over or scoot. Or lie on your back and place the baby on your chest so the baby has to lift its head to see your face. Or while keeping watch have younger siblings play with the baby on the floor. If you are limber enough you can lie on the floor facing the baby and make faces or sing trying to make the baby smile or laugh. As they get older play “pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake” holding the baby’s hands and putting them through the motions, (words are easily available on the internet). As they get a little older hold the baby’s foot and wiggle each toe singing “This little piggy went to market” etc. You can sit in front of the baby and put a colorful hat on your head and say “Look! The hat is on my head”, then remove it and say ”the hat is off”. Then try it on the baby repeating the words and actions while encouraging the baby to reach for the hat. Think of all the things you are teaching, words and actions. As children age parents need to be involved and watch more from the sidelines trying not to control the action but say complimentary things or ask if you can color or build with the blocks. It doesn’t need to be complicated as you could blow bubbles and pop them, playing hide and seek, or tell jokes (why did the little boy throw the clock out of the window? He wanted to see time fly.) There is always riding tricycles and bikes, jumping rope, kicking or throwing a ball. Playing together can improve not only the child’s mood but the parents’ mood. Playing is not just for children.

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    ADHD

    March 8, 2023, 12:44 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Almost everyone, whether they have children or not, has heard about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The issue of “not focusing” can be associated with hyperactivity or without hyperactivity. The children with hyperactivity are distracted by everything. The children without hyperactivity are easier to overlook as they are not disruptive but they also have problems with focusing and learning.Read More.

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    Screen Time in babies

    February 21, 2023, 00:00 AM by UTMB Pediatrics

    Limiting screen time for infants and toddlers has the positive effect of limiting screen time for their caregivers so that there is much more face to face time. Shared screen time has less 2 dimensional effect but best of all is face to face time like peek-a-boo.

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    Clean Water

    February 17, 2023, 11:36 AM by UTMB Pediatrics

    It has been said that water is the new gold. Water, water, everywhere…. Keep it safe.

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    Sound Sleep

    February 13, 2023, 00:00 AM by UTMB Pediatrics

    If a parent notices any of the following, they should discuss these symptoms with their health care provider: Your child is extremely and consistently fussy, having problems breathing, has loud snoring, unusual awakenings or difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. It is important to notice if they have daytime sleepiness or behavioral problems.

  • High Cholesterol Risks in Children

    February 10, 2023, 09:48 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Cholesterol is an essential part of a child’s health. Making simple lifestyle and dietary choices for you family can help prevent serious health risks in a child’s future.

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    Children Learn when they Play

    February 6, 2023, 00:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Playing peek-a-boo requires the adult to stop looking at their phone or the TV and interact with their child. Play helps children learn language, math and social skills. Play is important for both children and their parents as the joy in those moments enhances their relationship.

  • Childhood Obesity

    February 3, 2023, 16:08 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    There is no easy fix for Childhood Obesity, but professional help is available.

  • Lice and Pinworms are Common Childhood Infestations

    January 25, 2023, 00:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Of all the possible infestations of children the two that cause the most disgust and anguish seem to be pinworms and lice. Neither are associated with significant consequences but there will be few readers who will not start scratching while reading

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    Family Resolutions for the New Year

    January 20, 2023, 09:26 AM by Department of Pediatrics

    Family resolutions can be made together to make the family safer, stronger and more harmonious. For family goals to work each family member sees their role and gets a reward for cooperation.

  • Dyslexia

    January 13, 2023, 00:00 AM by Sally Robinson

    Having a specific learning disability in learning to read is not because of low intelligence or being biliingual but does hurt school performance and consequently hurts the students’ self-esteem.

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    Fever Phobia

    January 10, 2023, 09:40 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Fever itself is not a danger and is actually a benefit in fighting the infection. If the decision is made to treat the fever to make the child more comfortable, it is important to follow the direction for doses carefully. There is no evidence that using more than one fever reducer helps. Aspirin is never recommended for children. If your child looks and acts sick, seek medical help.

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    Gratitude

    December 31, 2022, 00:00 AM by Sally Robinson

    Attitude is a choice. Concentrate on overturning whining and complaining into something positive.

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    Family Routines during the Holidays help Cultivate  Peace

    December 22, 2022, 12:44 PM by Sally Robinson

    Sticking to family routines can help everyone cultivate a sense of peace amid the holiday rush. Make time for exercise, healthy meals, and plenty of sleep (including naps). Turning off devices or meditation can give the family time to slow down and simply “be”. Holiday hubbub can make children’s mood swing more intense with lack of sleep, lots of sugary snacks, intense media images of holiday parties and have-to-have gifts.

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    What is Intelligence?

    December 9, 2022, 14:56 PM by Department of Pediatrics

    People have been studying for years about what is intelligence, what part of the brain is involved in “intelligence”, and how can we measure it? In general, intelligence is the ability to learn and to recall or remember what we have learned. In the 1960’s it was suggested that there were two “systems” of intelligence, fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence. Fluid intelligence involves the ability to understand, to reason and to solve problems. Crystallized intelligence involves recalling stored knowledge and past experiences

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