Author: Texas Children's Hospital

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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Pet allergies 101

Originally posted here by Dr. Kristy Murray, associate professor of pediatric tropical medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital. Co-authored by Dr. Richard Selkowitz, veterinarian & owner of East Rockaway Veterinary Hospital on Long Island in New York. This post was co-authored by Dr. Richard Selkowitz, veterinarian, and Dr. Kristy Murray, associate vice-chair for research. Today is National Puppy Day. Who doesn’t love adorable little pups and their sweet little kisses, puppy breath and soft, cuddly fur? That is until the itchy, watery eyes, itchy skin, runny nose and sneezing appear. Pet allergies can range from a mild inconvenience to downright...

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Dear parent, the Internet is as much your friend as your foe

Originally posted here by Dr. Samira Armin, Pediatrician at Texas Children’s Pediatrics – Humble Fall Creek “Doctor, my online mommy group recommends baby-led feeding for our 5-month-old. Do you agree with them?” In a word, no. Many times when I walk into a patient’s room, parents are talking on the phone, texting or surfing the Internet. Despite our clinic’s “no mobile phone” policy, I typically allow parents to finish what they are doing, knowing well that they may be catching up on errands, bills or other important tasks. In today’s society, it is nearly impossible to completely unplug from...

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Homework: The great debate

Originally posted here by Dr. Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, developmental-behavioral pediatrician expert at Texas Children’s Hospital. School days! School daze! Homework haze! Ugh. Homework…It can be a challenging or rewarding time for parents and their children. The academic benefits of homework have been debated since the late 1800s. In the late 19th and early 20th century, homework was primarily assigned to students in fifth to eighth grades and was seen as an activity to exercise the “brain muscle.” During the 1930s the Great Depression was central to the homework debate where teachers and parents were concerned that homework led to increased...

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Sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes

Originally posted here by Dr. Jeffrey Kim, director of the Arrhythmia and Pacing (Electrophysiology) Service at Texas Children’s Hospital. Sudden cardiac arrest, also known as SCA, is a non-traumatic, nonviolent and unexpected event resulting in the sudden death of a previously healthy child. Every year, an estimated 20 to 50 young athletes in the U.S. suffer from SCA. When recognized, most conditions are treatable, which is why it is important to know what to look for. Three warning signs of SCA, as recommended by the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation, are: Fainting (syncope) or seizures during exercise, excitement or...

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