Healthy Texas Children
- Immunizations (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader): Look up recommended immunizations for HIV-infected children.
- Child Safety: In 1998, 362,000 children age 14 or under were treated in hospital emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries. Head injuries account for more than 60 percent of bicycle related deaths. Helmets can prevent these injuries.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury related death among children under the age of 14.
The Texas Safe Riders program sponsored by the Texas Department of Health sponsors programs to address these issues. Through local organizations bicycle helmets are made available free to children. Also, all over the state free car seat inspections are offered. To find out more, contact Susan Warren, Safe Riders, at .
The national Safe Kids Campaign can be found at www.safekids.org
- Nutrition: Maintaining adequate nutritional status is a very important component in the care of the child that is HIV-infected. HIV infection can increase a person's metabolic needs and nutrient losses. Malnutrition associated with HIV can increase the risk for opportunistic infections and, in the pediatric population, can increase the risk for growth failure. For this reason, it is very important to encourage a well-balanced, nutrient rich diet.
A well balanced diet should include a wide variety of foods to meet the body's basic nutrient needs. Fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates (including breads, rice, potatoes and pasta), dairy products, meats and/or meat substitutes and fats (butter, oils, etc.) are the foods that should be included in a daily diet. There is also a place in the diet for the snacks and desserts that children often want.
TACO SOUP1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cans (16 ounce each) tomatoes, undrained
2 cans (16 ounces each) pinto beans, undrained
1 can (14-16 oz) whole kernel corn (not creamed), undrained
1 package taco seasoning
Grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (if desired)
Brown meat with onion in a stockpot. Drain off fat. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. After serving, sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired. Serve with flour or corn tortillas and a fruit salad. Makes 10 one cup servings. Can be frozen.
FRUIT FREEZER POPS1-16 ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup water
Place orange juice, mashed bananas and water in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into twelve 3-1/2 ounce paper cups. Freeze 1 hour then insert sticks and continue to freeze until solid. Makes 12. Other fruits can be substituted, such as strawberries (1 cup frozen or fresh), or a combination of fruits.
A registered dietitian/nutritionist can work with the HIV-infected child and family if the child is at risk for malnutrition and growth failure. A dietitian can individualize meal plans to suit the child's needs and lifestyle and can provide follow-up to determine if any changes to the nutrition intervention are necessary. Adequate nutritional status can lead to a healthier, more energetic life.
- Fun links for kids:
Six Flag's Astroworld
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio Spurs
The Kids Corner: The TDH Website for Children and Teachers
Afterschool.gov Web Sites for Teens