Author: Texas Children's Hospital

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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Colds Versus Allergies

Originally posted here by Dr. Karen Tuano, allergy and immunology expert at Texas Children’s Hospital. Aches and pain. Sniffles. Sneezing. Sore throat. Are these the terms that describe a cold or allergies? Knowing the difference between the two is important to decide what to do and how to treat the symptoms. The similarities between these two often lead to confusion about which your child is suffering from. One can easily mistake an allergy for a cold, or vice versa. If untreated, they can lead to headaches or other secondary infections such as sinusitis or ear infections. Colds: A cold...

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Tips on affording EpiPen (or alternative epinephrine auto-injector)

Originally posted here by Dr. Javier Chinen, immunology, allergy and rheumatology expert at Texas Children’s Hospital Recent news has elevated awareness of the increased cost of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr.® The high cost has made it difficult for patients to access this life-saving medication. There are two equivalent alternatives to EpiPen on the market, Adrenaclick® and a generic epinephrine auto-injector. However, prices might still be significant for some families, they might not be readily available in retail pharmacies and insurance plans might not cover these options. If your doctor recommends you or your child carry an EpiPen (or an...

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