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December 19, 2017 | Annie Trostel, Health education specialist

During November and December, families gather together to decorate their homes for the holiday season. Although trees, lights and candles are beautiful and festive, they often pose dangers. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year, emergency departments treated 14,700 injuries related to holiday decorating (that’s about 240 injuries per day). By following the simple tips below, you can help keep your family safe this holiday season.

If you’re buying a live tree, make sure it’s fresh. Fresh trees are green with needles that don’t break when you bend them. Keep your tree watered in a tree stand as dry trees ignite...

December 18, 2017 | Javier Chinen, MD, PhD

Do you or your child have asthma or other lung disease? If so, you and/or your child are at high risk for developing a severe asthma flare up, pneumonia and other complications if you get the flu, as the infection with the Influenza virus is called. Fortunately, there is a way to protect your entire family from the flu, by receiving the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine has shown to reduce the chance of getting sick if you are exposed to this virus. More than that, for those at high risk, including children with asthma, this one vaccine could help prevent a hospitalization.

Below are some Flu and asthma facts from the CDC (Centers for...

December 15, 2017 | Nancy Correa, MPHChristopher Spencer Greeley, MD, MS

Children need reliable access to healthy food to thrive. Food provides the foundation for healthy growth and development, yet almost 1 out of 4 children in Harris County do not have consistent access to affordable and nutritious food. Food insecurity, or the limited or unreliable availability of nutritionally-adequate and safe foods, impacts more than 700,000 people in Harris County each year. 

Food insecurity negatively impacts health. Research across the lifespan indicates the lack of access to reliable healthy food has a variety of significant effects on the health of individuals as they age. Children living with food insecurity...

December 14, 2017 | Kevin A. Kaplan, MD

One of the only things more painful than stepping on a Lego barefoot is hearing your child ask for just “one more thing’” after they should be asleep in bed. This phenomenon of children making repeated requests after bedtime can be a symptom of limit setting behavioral insomnia. Limit setting insomnia occurs when a child makes repeated demands with the ultimate goal of delaying bedtime. Examples can range from requests for a drink of water, to one more story or I need just one more kiss goodnight.   These delay tactics can reduce total sleep time which can in turn result in insufficient sleep. Insufficient sleep can then manifest itself in...

December 12, 2017 | Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP

The holidays can be a difficult time for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one, but can be especially hard for children. Children typically look forward to to the holiday season all year, but after experiencing the death of a loved one, holiday gatherings and celebrations can be especially difficult. Being around people and places that are reminders of the deceased can be emotionally painful for bereaved families.

This tip sheet provides suggestions for how parents and caregivers can help their bereaved children cope with the holiday season. Although some suggestions might seem overwhelming, trying each suggestion out, one by one,...