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May 11, 2018 | Taylor Gilliland, M.D. Candidate 2018, Deepak Mehta, MD
Tracheostomy | Texas Children's Hospital

What's a tracheostomy?

A tracheostomy is a hole surgically created in the neck into the trachea or windpipe, which is typically done in an operating room under general anesthesia. A tracheostomy tube is placed through the hole and into the airway, which may be placed to assist in breathing and to protect the airway. This new airway, bypassing the nose and mouth, can be temporary or permanent.

Why would my child need one?

There are many reasons why your child could need a tracheostomy. Your child...

May 10, 2018 | Corley Fichera, CPNP
Children's Mental Health | Texas Children's Hospital

If you’re a parent, caregiver or individual impacting the life of a child, your ultimate goal is their highest attainment of happiness and success. We strive to monitor their physical health, encourage high academic performance and serve as a guide for their behavior, which all rolls into their evolution into a well-rounded adult. If these are the goals for our children, data from the past decade indicates that we’re actually a piece of a much larger puzzle. Research leads us to understand how stable mental health is a critical...

May 09, 2018 | Matthew Webb, MD, Bindi J. Naik-Mathuria, MD, MPH
Storing Firearms | Texas Children's Hospital

There’s a 4-year-old who found a gun at home and accidentally shot himself in the head, leading to his death. There’s also a 2-year-old who while sitting in her car seat was shot through the pelvis by her 4-year-old brother who found a loaded gun in the backseat. These are just a few examples of the devastating and completely preventable cases of child trauma we see at Texas Children’s that are a direct consequence of poor gun storage.

Children are often the victims of unintentional injuries from loaded firearms within their...

May 08, 2018 | Lauren Bednarz, patient
Adult CHD Program | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Lauren Bednarz

Sometimes, when I’m looking at myself in the mirror, I glance down at my chest to admire the eight beautiful, faded scars on it. They have been a part of me since I was 6 months old, but I usually forget they’re even there. When I do stop to look at them, though, I’m reminded just how grateful I am to be alive. Each day I’m granted is truly a blessing!

I might seem like an average 30-year-old woman, as I live a pretty ordinary life. I’m a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a homemaker and an introvert, but I’m also a congenital heart defect (CHD) patient. I know my life...

May 07, 2018 | Mary Jo Andre, senior vice president, chief nursing officer
Nursing | Texas Children's Hospital

I’m so excited to kick off celebrations for National Nurses Week, which started on May 6 and will end on May 12 – the birthday of Florence Nightingale, commonly known as the founder of modern nursing. This is a week-long, international observance set to raise awareness on the value of nursing and emphasize the key role it plays in meeting our universal health care needs. To help provide our profession with guidance and ideas to celebrate this week, the American Nurses Association selects a theme every year. This...