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June 18, 2018 | Tiffany X. Nguyen, DO, FAAP
Healthy Habits in College | Texas Children's Hospital

According to a 2016 study conducted by the University of Vermont, the “freshman 15” is actually a myth. In reality, most students gain around 10 pounds throughout all four years of college, with one-third of that weight gained in the first year. 

But weight gain is just one example of how young adults find their health compromised in college. When you mix being away from home for the first time with academic pressure from course loads and welcomed distractions that come with freedom, healthy habits supporting...

June 14, 2018 | Shelly Nalbone, MS, RN, CPNP, IBCLC
Teens & Sex

Most parents and caregivers nervously anticipate having the “sex talk” with their teenagers. It can easily become an awkward, uncomfortable discussion for both parties, but it’s a necessary one. If you’re approaching your teen on sex-related topics, consider the tips below.

Choose your timing wisely. Don’t start talking about this topic if either of you are hungry, irritated, busy, tired, etc. It can be a set-up for rejection or frustration.

Break the ice. It’s important...

June 13, 2018 | Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP, Marisa B. Nowitz, LCSW
Traumatic Stress | Texas Children's Hospital

When young children and adolescents are faced with distressing experiences, recognizing the impact of these difficult circumstances can be complicated. If a child’s emotional and/or physical well-being are harmed or threatened by an incident, we consider this a trauma. In these cases, traumatic stress is the psychological response resulting from a trauma. There are certain traumatic stress reactions considered normal and adaptive in the immediate aftermath of the trauma, such as hyper-vigilance or...

June 11, 2018 | Diane Kaulen, MS, CCLS
Child Life Department | Texas Children's Hospital

What's your guiding philosophy when it comes to offering children more than just medical support, but also outside stimulation? 

Play is the universal language of children and an important aspect in their healing process. By providing therapeutic and normalization play, the Child Life Department at Texas Children’s Hospital can provide children an opportunity to understand their medical treatment, give voice to their thoughts, build control and mastery, and help the entire family feel normal. The medical...

June 07, 2018 | Samira Armin, MD, FAAP
Picky Eating in Toddlers | Texas Children's Hospital

Let’s be honest – raising toddlers is challenging. These stages aren’t nicknamed “terrible 2s” or “three-nager” for nothing. In reality, most toddlers know what they want and how they want it, and they wanted it two minutes ago. Their favorite word is “no,” and they can be nearly impossible to reason with. The frequent tantrums, potty training challenges, head banging, screaming, hitting and biting make the newborn period seem like a fond memory when compared to living with a toddler. Therefore, it’s...