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Monday, July 10, 2000

West Park sponsors VBS

West Park Baptist Church has scheduled its annual Vacation Bible School for July 24-28, said Rey Carreon, pastor.

Children ages 4 through school grade nine are invited to attend the morning sessions from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Early birds video will be shown from 8 to 8:30 for those whose parents need to drop them off on their way to work. Children who stay until 12 noon will have adult supervision.

Theme of the school is Ocean Odyssey, and classes in Bible, missions, music, crafts and recreation will carry out the underwater theme. Snacks will be served at mid-morning.

Carreon said that children who attended VBS last year were pleased with their classes and have been asking when the school would be held this year.

"We hope everyone will mark these dates on their calendar now so nothing will interfere," Carreon said.

Sotelo celebrates first birthday

Mark Anthony Sotelo celebrated his first birthday with a party held in his honor at Maxey Park.

Theme for the event was Winnie the Pooh.

Guests enjoyed a water day with a slip `n slide, sprinklers and the jumping balloon.

His favorite gift was a monster truck given to him by his brother, Jerrick.

Parents are Daniel and Maria H. Sotelo.

Grandparents are Damaso and Emilia Holguin.

ADHD can impact development

One out of 20 children develops some form of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), according to Dr. Kevin Krull, a neuropsychologist with the Learning Support Center at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. It is the single most common disorder to affect children.

AD/HD is a brain-based disorder, which appears to have a heriditary predisposition. Symptoms can last into adulthood but can be managed by lifelong treatment or adjustment. Krull urges parents to visit a pediatrician if they suspect their child is having difficulties with self-control, distractibility or general attention problems.

"If AD/HD goes unrecognized or untreated it can seriously impact a child's development," said Krull. "It can put children at risk for impaired socialization skills, lower IQ, higher school dropout rates and an increased likelihood of drug or alcohol abuse," he said.

Nasal plastic surgery can wait

Most medical textbooks advise postponing nasal plastic surgery until at least the age of 16. But doctors are Texas Children's Hospital in Houston say extreme cases can, and should, be handled with surgery during the preteen and early teen-age years.

"It's our opinion and experience that nasal surgery should be done earlier if the child has chronic nasal obstruction, deformities secondary to injury or an excessively large or small nose," said Dr. Samuel Stal, chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

Children are extremely conscious of their physical differences, which influences their self-image. As they become teens, they experience rapid growth spurts and hormonal changes.

"The increased development of the face at this age also might increase the prominent position of features, including the nose," said Stal. "This can be a source of embarrassment for youngsters who consider their noses to be abnormal," he said.

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