Jessa McClure

Keep Your Teens Safe From Summer Temptations

Thumbnail image for Keep Your Teens Safe From Summer Temptations July 18, 2014 Safety

As the summer gets in to full gear, Texas teens are finding ways to entertain themselves that could be dangerous to their well-being. The best strategy to keeping your child safe is to be aware of the alarming trends facing this “invincible” generation, and to help your teen see the dangers before it’s too late. […]

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5 Ways to Practice Gun Safety with Your Children

Thumbnail image for 5 Ways to Practice Gun Safety with Your Children July 15, 2014 Safety

Every seven-and-a-half hours a child or a teen is killed by a gun, either by accident or suicide. But these frightening statistics don’t have to continue. Parents and caregivers can do a lot to keep their children safe from injury or death. McLane Children’s Scott & White Trauma Outreach and Injury Prevention Supervisor, Susan Burchfield, […]

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Committed Father Keeps Vigil at Daughter’s Bedside

Thumbnail image for Committed Father Keeps Vigil at Daughter’s Bedside June 15, 2014 Patient and Staff Stories

While fathers all over Central Texas will be eating their favorite meals, being showered with handmade gifts and holding their children close this Father’s Day, Brandon Matchett of Coffey, TX will be sitting in his daughter’s hospital room, waiting for her condition to improve. The energy lease operator’s three-week-old baby girl, Zaylie, was admitted to […]

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New ADHD Test Offers Insight Into How Brain Works, Helps Solve Diagnosis Conflict

Thumbnail image for New ADHD Test Offers Insight Into How Brain Works, Helps Solve Diagnosis Conflict May 6, 2014 Medical Information

Child safety program specialist, and mother of four, Erika Van Mastrigt knew the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder all too well when she began noticing impulsive and inattentive behavior in her third child. “I had him tested with a neurologist at the children’s hospital years ago, and the results came back with some strong […]

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How to Talk to Kids about War, Terrorism and Other Tough Topics

Thumbnail image for How to Talk to Kids about War, Terrorism and Other Tough Topics April 9, 2014 Parenting

With school shootings, terrorism and war dominating the news, it can seem like no one is safe. While adults have the ability to put these scary scenarios out of their minds, children aren’t so lucky. These uncontrollable situations can make a child feel unsafe and insecure. And it may be difficult to know how to […]

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Dining Out Doesn’t Have to Mean High-Calorie Meals for the Kids In Your Family

Thumbnail image for Dining Out Doesn’t Have to Mean High-Calorie Meals for the Kids In Your Family March 28, 2014 Healthy Living

You’ve finally managed to get your kids to sit down at a restaurant that doesn’t have a playground, and now you’re just hoping there will be something on the menu they will eat. The more “kid friendly” foods seem to be higher in fat and calories. Are there any healthy options for kids when it […]

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Clean Your Plate?

Thumbnail image for Clean Your Plate? December 31, 2013 Healthy Living

Find out why the old adage may not be as healthy for children as previously thought Everyone is finally gathered around the table and is digging into the balanced meal you lovingly prepared. You notice that your youngest child is pushing his green beans around in a circle and feeding his carrots to the dog. […]

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Meet Steven: Dealing with a Leukemia Diagnosis With Positivity

Thumbnail image for Meet Steven: Dealing with a Leukemia Diagnosis With Positivity August 27, 2013 Patient and Staff Stories

For the better part of a year, three-year-old Steven Barcenas was confined to his house, unable to play with friends, play outside or travel to the local mall. His fragile immune system had to be guarded like a fortress. But on a hot summer’s day in July, the little boy was finally able to feel […]

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