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Each day during National Autism Awareness Month we’re exposed to various facts and figures regarding autism, along with endless “feel good” success stories to spread. Sensory-friendly events are often abound, many of them targeting preschool-aged children who need the lights dimmed or sound lowered to enjoy various community activities. Lurking in the shadows of awareness is the reality behind severe autism. There is a tremendous range of symptoms within the autism spectrum, and with that in mind,...
Your son or daughter wants to start a weight training program. Where do you start? How do you help them to be successful and safe? Is it OK for them to be lifting weights at all? Are they too young? What if they’re still growing? All of these are common questions asked by parents of children we see in our Sports Medicine Program here at Texas Children’s Hospital.
There are several things to consider when helping your young athlete start a weight training program.
- Make sure they are old enough to follow instruction well.
- Set a...
Food affects our bodies. For the vast majority of us this is positive, giving us energy and fuel throughout our day. But it can also be negative, for example if we have an intolerance (non-allergic response) to certain foods. A classic example of a food-related intolerance would be lactose intolerance – where one may develop abdominal pain, bloating and gas after drinking/eating dairy products.
Does diet matter in children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa
Children can experience a number of stressors throughout their childhood. It’s important to note not all stress is bad stress. There are generally three levels:
- positive stress
- tolerable stress
- toxic stress
Becoming a new parent is a joyous, yet, stressful life transition. From filling bottles to changing dirty diapers, our daily routine completely evolves; our time becomes enriched with baby cuddles and other sweet surprises to follow as they grow and develop. Providing our little ones with the best nutrition to grow is a top priority, but feeding can be challenging if your infant is unable to secure a good latch. This can sometimes be the result of ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie.