Author: Texas Children's Hospital

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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Influenza vaccination: Why it’s not just about you

Originally posted here by co-authors Rachel Cunningham, MPH, Immunization Project at Texas Children’s Hospital and Carlie Machir, patient at Texas Children’s Hospital As a mother of two, one of the lessons I’ve strived to teach my children is to think about others, not just themselves. How many of you have heard yourself say, “It’s not just about you!”? If you’re anything like me, you hear it quite a bit. Whether I’m taking my youngest daughter shopping for new shoes while her older sister complains, or trying to explain to them we can’t go to the playground today because we’re...

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Kids Eat Right Month: Healthy and fun school lunch ideas

Originally posted here by Kristina Thorne, clinical dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital School is back in session which means getting back into a routine. For some, packing a school lunch is part of that routine. When the first week of school rolls around we may have the motivation to pack creative lunches, pack lunch boxes the night before and have plenty of new meal ideas. However, as the year passes by, or on those nights where time disappears, goals of packing those creative first day lunches are long gone and we are in survival mode just trying to make...

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