Author: Texas Children's Hospital

Safe sleeping recommendations

Originally posted here by Dr. Stan Spinner, Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care Chief Medical Officer The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced new safe sleep recommendations to help protect against sleep-related infant deaths. Sudden death of an infant less that 1-year of age that cannot be explained, even after a thorough investigation, is referred to as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The cause of SIDS is still unknown. We do know that SIDS is not choking, apnea or suffocation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States...

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Transitioning to adult diabetes care: The time to start planning is now!

Originally posted here by Dr. Sarah Lyons, diabetes and endocrinology expert at Texas Children’s Hospital This blog is co-authored by: Sarah Lyons, MD; Marisa Hilliard, PhD; Massimo Pietropaolo, MD and Jake Kushner, MD. Young adulthood is an exciting, but sometimes challenging time, for youth with diabetes. As the move from pediatric to adult health care is so important, we pediatric and adult diabetes care providers at Texas Children’s and Baylor Clinic want the experience to be positive and smooth for every teen/young adult with diabetes. We recommend that the where, when, how and why to move to adult care be...

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How serious is an ankle sprain?

Originally posted here by Dr. Joseph Chorley, Sports Medicine Physician at Texas Children’s Hospital Oh, don’t worry it’s just an ankle sprain. This is a phrase many people hear when playing sports – whether competitively or just for fun. However, if this injury happens, I doubt the players, coaching or medical staff during March Madness will be saying this! Ankle sprains are the most common injury in basketball and are the cause for the most time lost to basketball players’ participation. Many players try to minimize the pain and problems associated with an ankle sprain so they can continue...

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Sugar ‘swap-ortunities’

Originally posted here by Lisa Barclay, clinical dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital Sugar – who doesn’t love this sweet carbohydrate frequently used in food? When discussing sugars, it is important to note a difference between natural and added sugars. Natural sugars include those found in fruits (fructose) and dairy products (lactose). Fruits and dairy provide additional vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious snack or beverage. Added sugars are those added to beverages, meals or snacks during processing or preparation, and most products with added sugar have limited nutritional value. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans states added sugars,...

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What the color of your baby’s stool can tell you

Originally posted here by Dr. Stan Spinner, Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care Chief Medical Officer Children do not come with how-to handbooks, but from day one, they depend on their parents to understand what they need. With each passing day, parents get better and better at knowing what cry means what, what food is best and even what diapers to use. But what about your baby’s poop? Is your baby’s stool trying to tell you something your baby needs you to know? A baby’s poop is actually a great tool for parents when it comes to...

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