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Microcephaly 101

Originally posted here by Dr. Gary Clark, Chief of Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. What is microcephaly? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly. What can cause microcephaly? In most babies, the cause of microcephaly is not known. It can be caused by a change in genes, certain infections during pregnancy, malnutrition, exposure to harmful substances or...

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Avoiding ‘Pokémon GO’ injuries in children

  Originally posted here by Dr. Katherine Leaming-Van Zandt, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Since its release on July 6, 2016, Pokémon GO has generated enthusiasm, excitement and entertainment for millions of children, adolescents and adults! This “location-based augmented, reality mobile game” has players running (and driving) around neighborhoods searching for and capturing virtual Pokémon and digital eggs. Unfortunately, as players keep their eyes glued to their smartphones – rather than their surroundings – unintentional injuries may force them to bypass the next PokéStop for the closest emergency center or urgent care! Motor...

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Recent data shows FluMist less effective than shot

Originally posted here by Dr. Carol Baker, infectious disease specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital   As we settle in to the swing of summer vacations and family trips, the last thing on many parents’ minds is the flu. This week, though, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that health care providers not use live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), otherwise known as nasal spray or FluMist, this upcoming flu season. When FluMist was initially released, infectious disease and vaccine experts alike touted LAIV because it appeared to provide better...

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Headaches and Migraines 101

Originally posted hereere by Dr. Holly Nichole Dudley-Harrel, pediatric neurologist at Texas Children’s Hospital   June is headache and migraine awareness month. Both headaches and migraines can be scary for children and their parents. Unfortunately, they’re a common problem in children which is why it’s important to know when to treat them at home and when it’s time to seek care from a pediatric neurologist. Below is a list of common questions we receive about headaches and migraines. What are headaches? A headache is pain or discomfort in the head or face area. Headaches can be single or recurrent...

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Zika 101

Originally posted here by Dr. Stan Spinner, Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care Chief Medical Officer With all of the coverage in the news about the Zika virus lately, it is understandable that parents have questions. Here are the facts you need to know about this virus. What is Zika? Zika is a virus that can cause the following symptoms: Rash Fever Pink eye (conjunctivitis) Joint pain Treatment for Zika virus infection is supportive only, consisting of rest and fluids for hydration. One can treat the symptoms of the virus with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and antihistamines, but aspirin is...

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