Introducing Your Child to Team Sports

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Perhaps your child has been asking to join a sports team or you have high hopes of passing down your passion for a certain sport. Whatever the reason, introducing your child to team sports is an excellent way to develop their social skills and help them learn how to work together as a team. When introducing your child to team sports, there are several things that should be considered:

  • Wait until the time is right. Although you may be tempted to sign your child up for sports, specifically something competitive, at a young age, it’s important that you don’t push them when they’re not ready. Children who begin playing competitive sports at a younger age are more likely to burn out or feel forced into playing something they may not enjoy.
  • Offer your child options. While your child is still young, allow him or her to participate in different sports and different positions so he or she can choose what they enjoy most. Doing this also reduces the risk of injury due to overuse of a particular muscle.
  • Participate when possible. Try to stay involved with the team, especially if your child is very young. This will help assure your child that you are not simply dropping him or her off at practice, games, etc. Perhaps your child’s team is looking for a team mom or assistant coach, so you can participate to the level you feel comfortable.
  • Remember it’s just a game. As your child gets older and the league gets more competitive, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s only a game. Some parents tend to get over-enthusiastic and put unnecessary pressure on their children. Keep your distance, especially when it comes to games, and try to encourage your child when you can.

If your child is in need of a sports physical or is injured during practice or a game, consider Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. We provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

 

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Protecting Your Child From Mono

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Known as “the kissing disease,” mono is an infection that can easily be spread to your child. Because of its nickname, you may think it’s unlikely your young child could catch this disease, but he or she is at risk as well. Below are a few key things you should know about mono and how you can protect your child from the disease.

Know the Basics

While kissing, or exchange of saliva from sharing food or utensils, can spread mononucleosis, called mono for short, it can also be transmitted via other bodily fluids.

Symptoms

Usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, mono typically has the same symptoms of the flu or strep throat, including fever, sore throat, constant fatigue, headaches, swollen lymph nodes and sore muscles. While symptoms will subside within four weeks, teenagers and adults may suffer fatigue for up to three months.

Who Is At Risk

Although the peak ages for infection are 15 to 17, infants and kids under age four are still at risk of the Epstein-Barr virus, but they may not show symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The most common way to diagnose mono is by a blood test. There is no specific treatment for mono, but it is treated symptomatically with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Preventing Mono

There is currently no vaccine for EBV, but there are a few things you can teach your child to do in an effort to prevent the virus, especially if a family or friend is infected with the disease.

  • Wash hands regularly
  • Do not share drinks or food
  • Do not share a toothbrush
  • Disinfect countertops, play toys and tabletops
  • Use disposable cups and paper towels in the bathroom

If you believe your child may have mono, it’s a good idea to get a diagnosis from a medical professional. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

 

How to Teach Your Kids About Earth Day

KidEarthDayTeaching your child about Earth Day is a great way to show the value of keeping the planet clean and the importance of recycling. Because kids tend to be hands-on learners, having your child participate in activities focused around Earth Day is an excellent way to teach him or her about it. Below are a few ways you can teach your child about Earth Day in a way that is sure to stick with them.

Make a customized reusable tote bag

Teach your child that reusing a tote bag, instead of using the traditional paper or plastic bag, is a great way to help the environment. Reusable tote bags can typically be found in a craft store and can be decorated using acrylic paint, fabric markers, stickers, rhinestones and even stencils. Your child can use his or her bag for shopping, carrying snacks or transporting toys.

Reuse arts and crafts supplies

Studies have shown that more than 13,000 landfills in the U.S. contain waste material that, unfortunately, can’t be recycled or moved until it decomposes. Instead of contributing to that number, reuse cardboard boxes, shoeboxes, magazines, ribbons, buttons, etc. as arts and crafts supplies. For example, a former milk jug can easily be transformed into a birdfeeder or a flowerpot. Work together with your child to create several items, sell to family and friends and then choose an earth-friendly charity, such as World Wildlife Fund, to donate profits to. The entire experience will promote a healthy mindset toward the earth.

Create a trash pick-up game

Encourage your kids to keep the earth clean by creating a trash pick-up game. Choose a location, such as your neighborhood, and see who can fill up the most trash bags first. Be sure to use gloves when picking up trash. This is also a great time to introduce your kids to what decomposing means. Explain how some pieces of trash take longer to decompose, such as a plastic bag, which can take more than 10 years to decompose.

For more tips on creating a healthy lifestyle for your child, visit the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care blog regularly. Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is a kid-focused facility designed exclusively to care for children.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

 

When Are Breathing Treatments Needed?

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When a child has difficulty breathing as a result of illness or allergic reaction, it’s common that a physician will prescribe a breathing treatment for them. Helping to reduce swelling or inflammation in the lungs, breathing treatments are normally given as a nebulizer, meaning it sends the medication in vaporized form so the child can breathe it into his or her lungs.

So how do you know when your child will need breathing treatments?

Asthma

When an environmental stimulus forces the bronchioles of the lungs to tighten, asthma occurs, causing your child to have trouble moving air in and out of the lungs. This often results in wheezing and an increased breathing rate.

Croup

Typically the result of a virus, croup is a condition that forces the airways to narrow. Studies show that croup can often result from illnesses like parainfluenza or influenza. During croup, the small airways of the lungs swell causing noisy breathing called stridor.

Allergic reactions

If your child has a life-threatening allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, his or her breathing passage will swell to the point where breathing is a challenge.

Lung infections

Viral infections, acute bronchitis, and pneumonia are all lung infections that may require breathing treatments, depending on the severity of the infection.

Breathing treatments usually result in fast improvement of difficulty breathing. If you believe your child is in need of a breathing treatment, consider talking with a medical professional at Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. One of our doctors will help you learn all of your treatment options and find what’s best for your child. Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is a kid-focused facility designed exclusively to care for children.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

How to Get Picky Eaters to Eat Healthy

Healthy Dinner.jpgYou’ve tried everything, but your child is still refusing to eat what you put on his or her plate. Perhaps your child would rather eat nothing than something healthy. As frustrating as this may be, there are a few ways you can prevent mealtime mayhem with your child.

Be respectful. Although it may seem counterintuitive, sometimes it’s best if you don’t force your child to eat a meal or snack. Arguing against your child’s wishes will only create a power struggle and cause your child to associate food with anxiety and emotion. Instead, offer small portions and allow your child to ask for more if he or she is still hungry.

Be regular. Keeping meals and snacks consistent is important. Try to serve meals and snacks around the same time each day. This will help your child to learn that snacks are available if needed and that he or she does not need to overeat at meals.

Be patient. While getting your child to try new foods can be very frustrating, it’s important to remain patient. Repeated exposure is often key before a child is willing to fully try a new food. Be encouraging and engage your child by talking about the food’s color, shape, texture, etc. instead of focusing on taste.

Be creative. No one enjoys boring foods, especially not kids. Instead of serving plain broccoli and carrots, consider including a favorite dip or sauce. Use cookie cutters to create fun shapes so your child learns that healthy foods can still be fun. Brightly colored foods also add some fun to your child’s plate.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s diet, consider speaking with a professional. Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care has medical professionals who would love to talk with you. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.