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Health Blog

Welcome to the ongoing series of blog posts from UTMB Health focusing on key aspects of maintaining your health

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Healthy eating for children

A well-balanced diet is essential for healthy growth and development, so be sure your child is getting a good mix of proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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Morning routines and back to school

A good morning routine starts at night. Learn what steps you can take to help make getting out the door easier for everyone in the family.

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Bedtime tips from a pediatrician

Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire knows sleep is a pillar of a child's good health, so she's passionate about helping parents establish solid bedtime routines.

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Back-to-school immunizations

Pediatrician Dr. Lee Elam offers a high-level breakdown of some of the typical vaccinations needed throughout childhood.

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Avoiding sports-related heat injuries

Signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses include nausea, fatigue, headaches and muscle cramps. Staying hydrated, taking breaks and seeking shade are just some ways to beat the heat and stay healthy.

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Staying safe in the sun

When shopping for sunscreen, Dr. Raimer-Goodman urges individuals to consider broad-spectrum options that are free of oxybenzone.

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Healthy summer snacks

When snacking this summer, consider nutrient dense options like veggies and hummus, fruit and Greek yogurt or homemade smoothies.

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Top tips for safe swimming this summer

In an effort to diminish the number of drownings recorded each year, UTMB Health providers like Laura Ellender passionately share tips on how to keep children safe when swimming.

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Are tummy aches a sign of IBS? How to find out

Just as in adults, IBS symptoms for children include repeated pain in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movements that could cause diarrhea or constipation—or both. What’s tricky for parents is that your child could have these without any visible signs.

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Preparing your child for surgery

Planning a surgery for your child can be stressful and exhausting but being prepared ahead of time will help both your child as a patient and you as the caregiver.

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Limit your toddler’s screen time

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 such as playing peek-a-boo.

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Cardiac Arrest - What you need to know

In the wake of the cardiac arrest episode experienced by NFL player Damar Hamlin, UTMB pediatric cardiologist Dr. Ashraf Aly took some time out to visit with our friends at Houston Moms to answer some important questions surrounding the heart and how it works.

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Staying safe this holiday season

During a recent chat with Meagan Clanahan of Houston Moms, Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria covered some common seasonal safety tips to help everyone have a happy, healthy, uneventful holiday season.

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Ear tubes - what parents need to know

Dr. Yusif Hajiyev, UTMB Health pediatric ENT, recently sat down with Meagan Clanahan of Houston Moms to discuss ear tubes in children. From what conditions might prompt the need for tubes to the rules for swimming and bathing after the procedure.

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Halloween Safety

Children need glow sticks, reflectors, or flashlights to keep them safe from cars while collecting candy.

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Third dose booster offers many benefits for children

Like many common vaccines, the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines should have been a three-dose series. The first two injections prime the immune system, and the third boosts it to provide a higher antibody response. In 5 to 11 year olds, the booster more than doubles the antibody levels found following the second dose. Additionally, boosting has been shown in other age groups to further improve the antibodies so that they better bind the virus and provide more protection against variants.

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Declining Vaccine Rates

UTMB pediatrician Dr. Lauren Raimer-Goodman addressed the public health concerns that are surfacing as a result of declining vaccination rates.