Getting help with homework, receiving moral support from friends, connecting with old classmates who moved away—these are all good things that come from Facebook. But parents need to be aware that this social media form has some social drawbacks. David Blackburn, PhD, Scott & White Clinical Psychologist with 20 years’ experience in the treatment of … Continue reading Facebook vs. Face to Face: Setting Facebook Guidelines for Your Teens
Halloween is looming and for most young children, its the only night of the year when they’re free to roam the streets, visiting strangers homes for tricks and treats. So, whats a parent to do? Encouraging children to stay out of the street, wear reflective clothing, and carry a flash light on Halloween night is … Continue reading Tips for a safe and healthy Halloween
Do your kids play video games all afternoon after school? Can they quote almost every commercial on their favorite channels? Are their new clothes getting too tight a little too soon? There’s an epidemic of overweight in the United States among America’s youth, according to Dr. Catherine McNeal, Scott & White Pediatric Endocrinologist. Children are … Continue reading Scott & White offers childhood obesity programs
The wicked combination of high heat and high humidity in Central Texas can be really tough on a young athlete’s body. Exercising in the heat —summertime practice for football, track, baseball, soccer, or any youth sport — can make the summertime more enjoyable and help to improve a young athlete’s skills, but it can also … Continue reading How much should youth athletes drink while exercising in extreme heat?
Diving into the refreshing waters of your family’s swimming pool or wading into the lapping waves at the beach might seem like the perfect solution to combat the blistering heat that accompanies a Texas summer. But these places of cool relief can also be a danger zone for children. Drowning is the leading cause of … Continue reading Submersion injuries on the rise: Learn how to keep your kids safe in and out of the water
Going into the store will only take a few minutes. It takes so long to get the car seat unbuckled. They’re perfectly safe in a locked car. These are the excuses that many parents use to justify leaving their children in a vehicle unattended. But the consequences of cutting parental corners can be deadly. As … Continue reading Summer heat and unattended children could spell disaster inside a locked car
Keeping Up With Immunizations and Annual Check-ups Will Help Ensure Scholastic Success Backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies may be at the top of your list this month, but the medical state of your child is just as important to their success in the new school year. “When a child goes to school, they are … Continue reading Help your children have a healthy school year
Despite living in a “thin is in” society, obesity is a significant problem in this country, not only among adults, but children as well. In fact, Michelle Obama decided to take on childhood obesity earlier this year when she began the “Let’s Move!” campaign. As the initiative’s website describes it, “Let’s Move! has an ambitious … Continue reading A note to parents: Childhood obesity and BMI
A new Hero of the Month program for recognizing pediatric patients who face and overcome difficult circumstances has been launched at Scott & White Children’s Hospital in Temple, Texas. On May 27, 5-year old Saniyah Turner became the first to receive the Hero of the Month Award, and accepted a certificate, a commemorative medal, special … Continue reading Hero of the Month program added to Children’s Hospital
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of autism is that no two people diagnosed have the same characteristics or symptoms. Your child’s playground friend may have autism. You may have a family member with autism. You may work with someone who has autism. With all the varying degrees of autism, you may not recognize it. “We … Continue reading Are you autism aware?