Many parents have fond memories of going to summer camp when they were young – fun activities, exciting adventures, and making new friends. To help their own children have the same pleasant recollections when they grow up, parents can take steps to ensure a safe and healthy camp experience.

But before suitcases are even packed, children need to have all vaccinations up-to-date. Parents should ask a doctor or nurse if they are not sure which vaccines are recommended for summer camp and check ahead of time about the type of physical their child may be required to have to attend camp. Any special needs or allergies should be clearly marked on the camp application or physical form. 

Parents can talk with their children about staying safe at camp. This may include warning children not to swim alone or if they have diarrhea, which can cause many water-borne illnesses. Children also should watch wild animals from a distance and not try to pet them since many animals carry diseases that are dangerous to people, such as rabies. A helmet, life vest or other protective gear can be packed if the camp does not provide them.

Parents should encourage children to stay hydrated while at camp. Children shouldn’t wait until they feel thirsty, but instead drink plenty of water or non-carbonated, sugar-free fluids throughout the day. Children also need to wear plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent to protect against sunburn and bug bites. Kids also should stay hydrated, rest in the shade, and wear layers of light-weight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing to prevent getting over-heated.

For a few more tips on preparing your child for sleep-away camp, visit the free, online health library on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
214 324-6100


How much sleep is enough? According to the National Sleep Foundation, newborns typically need between 12 to 16 hours a day. School-age children require between 10 and 11, teenagers need a little over nine, and adults should average seven to nine hours. Not getting enough sleep can have negative effects on your health in both the short and long term.

To help raise awareness of the importance of good sleep habits, The Sleep Center at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake will recognize March 5 to 11 as National Sleep Awareness Week. An on-line screening quiz is available on the hospital’s website at to learn more about how to get a good night’s rest, snoring, and sleep quality. For an informative overview on why sleep is important, facts about sleep disorders, and help for sleep problems visit

Inadequate sleep can harm your health, contribute to poor school or work performance, and increase the risk of injury. So if you want to get a better night’s rest and improve your sleep, here are a few tips to help you catch some more Zzzzzzs.

  • Go to bed only if you are sleepy.
  • Have a pre-sleep ritual that can help you relax.
  • Go to bed and get up at approximately the same time every day.
  • Exercise on a regular basis (but not right before going to bed).
  • Make your sleeping area quiet, dark and a little cool.
  • Avoid daytime naps if possible.
  • Have a small snack before bed so you do not go to bed hungry.

The Sleep Center at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake provides treatment designed to alleviate or prevent sleep disorders and help sufferers enjoy a good night’s rest. For more information about The Sleep Center, visit

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
214 324-6100


Mother’s Day is right around the corner. You could give her flowers and candy. Or, another way to express your love and appreciation would be to encourage her to have a mammogram.

Mammograms are a very powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women, except for skin cancer. Approximately one woman in eight has a chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time during her life.

At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, women over the age of 40 can schedule their own screening mammogram without a referral from their primary care physician. The hospital is a Certified Softer Mammogram Provider that uses the MammoPad®, a soft foam cushion that decreases overall discomfort and is designed to provide a softer, more comfortable mammogram. Convenient evening and weekend hours are available for appointments by calling 214-324-6220.

To learn more about screening mammograms and other recommended health exams, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is offering a free Women’s Health Tests & Screenings slideguide. This handy pocket guide also describes symptoms and treatments for a variety of conditions, and lists the latest American Cancer Society guidelines. Call 866-764-3627 for your free copy today.

MammoPad is a registered trademark of Hologic, Inc.

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
214 324-6100