A new four-legged friend now walks the halls and the campus of Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center — Lorenzo, the hospital’s new facility dog. Lorenzo, a two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, is the first Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) highly trained assistance dog to serve in a Texas-based children’s hospital. After extensive training and … Continue reading Meet Lorenzo, the new facility dog at McLane Children’s
In recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in early sports specialization for young athletes — kids seem to be settling on a single sport at younger and younger ages. With the increased availability of competitive travel leagues and tournaments, and frequent sports exposure in the media, young athletes are often encouraged to undergo … Continue reading Is your child specializing in a sport too soon?
There’s no such thing as a perfect parent. As a parent of young children, I know this all too well. Undoubtedly, we all make mistakes, but the consequences of installing a car seat incorrectly could lead to serious injury and in worst cases, even death. Children don’t come with a handbook — though most wish … Continue reading 6 common car seat safety mistakes you’re probably making
Many parents struggle with what to tell their children about mass tragedies like the recent horrific attacks on Paris. These events can be difficult for adults to process, let alone children and teens with less life experience to draw on. Today is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, an opportunity to recognize the impact that death and … Continue reading How should you talk to your kids about the Paris attacks?
With New Year’s celebrations approaching this week, many young children will be taking part in yet another round of parties centered around food. Even if you’re playing it low key this year, there are likely still platters of Christmas leftovers that your children are continuing to chow down on. In the above “Ask The Expert” video, … Continue reading For New Year’s parties, healthy tips for kids
As a child, I looked forward to going trick or treating. But when I was out there with my dad and sister, the scary costumes others wore and the limits placed on my own sensory abilities sometimes caused stress and anxiety. Many of our costumes had a plastic mask and clothing to wear over regular clothes. The masks had poor … Continue reading 4 Halloween tips for children with sensory disorders
Cuddly little bears make sweet gifts, but they also serve as lifesavers, reminding caregivers to always take a baby or toddler out of the car’s back seat. It can happen to any parent. A hectic morning, an unexpected event or a lapse in judgment can result in a nightmare situation: a child left inside a hot car. In … Continue reading ‘Backseat Buddy’ helps remind parents not to leave young children in the car
First of all, toe walking is not necessarily a sign of anything bigger going on. A lot of kiddos who are just starting to walk spend a good portion of their time on their toes. This should decrease the more experience they get with walking. So, how long is too long for toe walking? While … Continue reading Why Toe Walking Can Be Worrisome for Your Child
The holidays are supposed to be a fun time for food and family, but when a child in your family has difficulty with eating or drinking, it can make the holidays rather stressful. Pressure from family, new foods and smells, and holiday traditions that surround food can all contribute to battles for children who are … Continue reading Picky eaters and the holidays
Today is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a day to recognize the impact that a death can bring to a child’s life. It is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and support the grieving children in our communities and in our personal lives. Adults often have misconceptions about children’s grief. Because children continue to play and … Continue reading Helping children cope with grief