5 Natural Frozen Treats You Must Try

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Popsicles, ice cream and other frozen treats are in high demand during the hot days of summer. Unfortunately, most of the frozen goods you’ll find in stores are packed with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. By making your own treats at home, you can monitor exactly what goes into them. We’ve gathered a few natural frozen treats that your child will love.

Raspberry Cheesecake Freezer Pops

Cool down with these healthy freezer pops that consist of fresh raspberries, plain Greek yogurt, lemon, vanilla extract and honey. Using plain Greek yogurt will help make the freezer pops creamy instead of icy, so the consistency will be more like frozen ice cream instead of a popsicle. This treat is so tasty your child will be begging for more!

Banana Peanut Butter Popsicles

Filled with vitamins, minerals and plenty of protein, these popsicles are the perfect snack for kids on a warm summer day. Bananas, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and mini chocolate chips make up this ice cream-like treat.

Blueberry Chia Popsicles

These popsicles are as healthy as they come and are even great to give teething babies! Simply blend frozen blueberries, avocado, a banana and almond milk, place in popsicle molds, freeze and enjoy!

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Nobody can turn down lemonade during the summer! This healthier version contains strawberries, lemon juice, small amount of cane sugar, ice, water and blueberries to garnish. Have your little one help you blend everything together and pour into glasses for a tasty treat.

Watermelon Slush

With only three ingredients, this slush beats anything you can buy at a fast food restaurant. Watermelon, lime and coconut sugar is blended then frozen to create this goodness. To make this into a slushy, you will need to scrape with a fork every hour or two to keep everything from freezing completely.

For more summer tips and up-to-date medical information, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog.

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.

5 Fun Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Activities

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Although Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico, it has become an American tradition to go all-out when celebrating May 5th. Cinco de Mayo can also be a great opportunity for you to teach your children about the traditions of other cultures. Below are five ways you can educate your children about the culture of Mexico.

Make Your Favorite Foods

Most kids love to cook. Find your kids’ favorite Mexican dishes and create them together as an ode to the holiday. Guacamole is something simple you can make with your child. You can also make tacos or enchiladas if you prefer to make an entire meal together.

Build Your Own Maracas

Traditional Mexican maracas were built using dried gourds and filled with fried beans. To make a modern-day maraca, simply use leftover smoothie containers and fill them with beans, rice, pasta or even beads. To see the full directions, click here.

Break A Piñata

Piñatas are the epitome of a Mexican celebration. Most discount and party stores sell piñatas at a reasonable price. Have your child invite over a few friends and let them take turns hitting the piñata, blindfolded. They will love when the piñata is broken and they are able to grab the candy.

Make Homemade Tortillas

Tortillas are some of the most simple foods to make. Having your child make this basic food with you is a great way to teach him or her the benefit of homemade versus store bought foods.

Learn The Vocabulary

Many kids will learn some Spanish vocabulary in school, but it is nice to review these words with them on Cinco de Mayo. Try beginning with basic terms, like “hello” and “goodbye.” Slowly incorporate numbers, colors and days of the week.

For more up-to-date medical information and healthy tips, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog.

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.

Introducing Children To Pets

iStock-185069852.jpgGetting a new pet can be an exciting time for the whole family. Whether it’s a cat, dog or hamster, children love gaining a new family member. But introducing your child to the new pet can be a challenge. It’s important to educate yourself on the best way to bring a new animal into the family–for both your child and the pets.

Always Be Around

When first introducing a new pet into the family, you should be present any time your child is around the dog, cat, etc. While it’s OK to stay in the background, you should be able to observe what’s going on at all times.

Teach Personal Space

It’s important that your child is respectful of your pet’s personal space. Even the nicest animal can snap when it feels threatened. Your child should know to never bother your pet when he or she is eating, chewing a bone, etc. Also, let your child know what signs of aggression look like.

Lead By Example

One of the best ways your child can learn how to treat animals is by seeing what you do. Show compassion and patience with your new pet and your child will follow. This is also a great way for your child to learn how to properly care for an animal.

Adopt Don’t Shop

While that perfect cute puppy or kitten may be tempting, remember there are more animals in shelters than you could even imagine. Consider taking your child to the local animal shelter or rescue group facility so you can save a life together. Not only is this a great thing to do for your pet, but it’s a great lesson for your child as well.

Continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog for more kid-friendly activities, healthy living tips and medical information. We love to make your life as a parent as easy as possible!

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.

4 Activities for Spring Break

iStock-587950220.jpgWhen kids are home for spring break, it can be a challenge to keep them busy and entertained.  While it may be tempting to hand your child a video game controller or TV remote control and let him or her be a couch potato for the entire week, there are a number of activities you can have your child participate in to keep them healthy and happy.

Take a trip

One of the best ways to keep kids busy during spring break is to get them in a new environment. Perhaps you rent a lake house for the week so your child can spend his or her time fishing, hiking, etc. Or consider taking your family on a ski trip so your child can enjoy their week exercising on the slopes.

Put together a field trip day

If you’re staying put for the week, try to schedule a fun field trip day for your child and a friend. Perhaps it’s visiting a science museum or an arboretum, whatever you choose, try to find something that’s got an educational component to it so your child can keep his or her brain active during the break.

Cook together

One day, have your child help you cook dinner. Use this time to teach your child about healthy eating and how recipes work. Not only will you get a little help with dinner, but your child will learn valuable information about being healthy.

Organize a neighborhood game

If your child loves playing sports, organize a neighborhood game of kickball, dodge ball, chase, etc. Keep the game casual and not competitive, but give the neighborhood kids a chance to get their energy out and socialize at the same time.

Continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog for more kid-friendly activities, healthy living tips and medical information. We love to make your life as a parent as easy as possible!

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 Much Sleep Should Your Child Get?

iStock-576709304.jpgThere are few things more challenging to a parent than a fussy, tired child. Because children are constantly growing, they need much more than the standard 8 hours of sleep that adults require. There are obvious signs to tell if your child isn’t getting enough sleep, but many children will act like they’re not tired to avoid bedtime. By educating yourself on just how much sleep your child needs, you can avoid the consequences of sleep deprivation.

Newborn to 3 months

Newborn babies usually only sleep two or four hours at a time. With that said, they will typically sleep many times throughout the day, which should add up to 14 to 17 hours total. When a baby is this young, their sleep patterns (at least what little they have of a pattern) is linked to the daylight and nighttime cycles.

Infants to 11 months

As babies continue to grow, they still need around 12 to 15 hours of sleep a day. By the time babies have reached six years of age, they will start to establish more regular sleep patterns, which is great news for parents! At six months old, when babies start sleeping through the night more, they will drop from three naps to two.

Toddlers to 2 years

By this time, most children are down to one nap a day. It is ideal for kids this age to get a total of 11 to 14 hours of sleep, with a bedtime between 7pm and 9pm, depending on their morning wakeup time.

Preschoolers to 5 years

It is during this age range that children typically stop napping altogether. If children are still napping at age 5, their naps are usually shorter than they used to be. In total, children of this age should get 10 to 13 hours of sleep each day.

School-aged children to 13 years

By the time children are in school, their sleep schedules are usually much more rigid and reduced to 9 to 11 hours a day. Because their days are filled with many more activities, children may be going to sleep later, so it’s very important to focus on getting the recommend amount of sleep.

Continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog for more healthy living tips and medical information. We love to make your life as a parent as easy as possible!

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.

Helping Your Child Choose a Hobby

iStock-186566205.jpgSome children may show an interested in certain activities or hobbies at a very young age, while others may need a parent to help them figure out what they enjoy doing. Whether it’s sports, arts, dance, or something completely unique, there are a few ways to steer your child towards the activity that would be a great fit for him or her. When deciding what hobby your child would excel at, it’s important to determine if they’re most interested in a physical, mental or creative outlet.

Physical

Activities that are more physical give your child the ability to become stronger, fitter and generally healthier. Outside of the typical sports offered at your child’s school and in the community, consider activities such as skiing, horseback riding and sailing. If your child enjoys playing outdoors and has a competitive nature, a physical hobby might be the best fit. 

Mental

There are many benefits to your child participating in a hobby that provides mental stimulation. Games like chess, puzzles, and reading can provide your child with a lifelong hobby that can be enjoyed no matter what age he or she is. If your child loves to learn and always wants to know how things work, a mentally stimulating hobby might be a good idea.

 Creative

If your child displays a love for all things creative, a hobby such as singing, acting or playing a musical instrument is ideal. A creative hobby is a great creative outlet for your child as well as a great form of self-expression.

Encourage your child to embrace whatever he or she is interested in. They may try several hobbies before landing on the one they’re most passionate about. Continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog for more kid-friendly activities, healthy living tips and medical information. We love to make your life as a parent as easy as possible!

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.

4 Tips For A Safe Halloween

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Halloween can be one of the most enjoyable nights of the year for children. Dressing up, going house to house in search of candy, staying up late watching scary movies, kids often look forward to Halloween night for the entire year. However, if you don’t follow the proper safety precautions, the night can quickly turn bad. Below are a few safety tips to follow to ensure your child has a safe, fun Halloween night.

Be with an adult or group

If your child is under the age of 12, an adult should supervise him or her when trick or treating. Because children often venture into unfamiliar neighborhoods, it’s important to have adult supervision at all times. If your child is old enough to go without supervision, they should stay in neighborhoods they know and remain in a group throughout the night. Children should never venture off by themselves.

Practice walking safety

Before your kids go out for the night, remind them of best practices when walking around the neighborhood. Children should always cross the street at corners and look left, right and left again when crossing. All electronics should also be put down when crossing a street so there are no distractions.

Keep costumes safe

If possible, decorate your child’s costume with reflective tape, stickers and light colors. Incorporating glow sticks or having your child carry a flashlight is also a smart move. Finally, be sure your child’s costume fits properly so he or she is not at risk of tripping or falling throughout the evening.

Drive extra cautiously

If you are driving on Halloween night, slowing down is essential. Take an extra second or two to look around when at an intersection and always enter your driveway or alley slower than normal. Most kids like to trick or treat from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, so it’s important to be especially alert during those hours.

If your child suffers an injury of any kind on Halloween night, consider taking them to Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, our doctors are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. You can even check in online at medicalcityurgentcare.com!

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.