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April 10, 2018 | Sabrina Tremayne, patient and mother of patient
Charlie Tremayne | Texas Children's Hospital

An orange astronaut helmet is soaring through space modules as a little boy glides with his arms outstretched; he’s oblivious to the large crowds at NASA as he navigates outer space and galactic objects. Today marks a year since his last heart surgery. His lips are pink, his oxygen level is at 97 percent, and I’m over the moon with joy and gratitude. His name is Charlie Tremayne, and you would never know he’s living with a congenital heart defect (CHD). He’s my son, and he’s the bravest boy I know. Like astronauts and teams of scientists before us, we have courageously charted new territories and taken giant leaps of faith while navigating...

April 09, 2018 | Taylor Gilliland, M.D. Candidate 2018, Deepak Mehta, MD
Laryngeal Cleft | Texas Children's Hospital

What is laryngeal cleft?

Laryngeal cleft is an incomplete fusion of the tissue between the upper airway or larynx, and the esophagus or feeding tube. This is a congenital disorder, meaning it is present at birth, and the degree of absent tissue or cleft varies. Laryngeal cleft can contribute to poor weight gain and frequent respiratory infections.

Which signs indicate your child might have a laryngeal cleft?

The most common signs of a laryngeal cleft are difficulty feeding, such as coughing with feeds, and a chronic cough lasting longer than four weeks. You may notice your child had...

April 09, 2018 | Ruth Ann Luna, PhD
Gut Microbiome | Texas Children's Hospital

Diagnoses for individuals with autism spectrum disorder have risen over the past decade, and researchers still have far too many questions about the disorder. While multiple genes possessing the potential to cause some types of autism have been identified, putting together the pieces of the puzzle has proven complicated. The range within the autism spectrum is quite vast, from the milder end where some might’ve received a diagnosis for Asperger’s syndrome in the past, to the more severe end, where individuals struggle with both physical and cognitive disabilities. These extremes within this spectrum have further complicated the world of...

April 06, 2018 | Jeff and Paula Ramsey, parents of patient
Madison Ramsey | Texas Children's Hospital

When we hear “palliative care,” most of our first thoughts are associated with end-of-life care. It is end-of-life-care, but it’s also so much more. We experienced this firsthand at Texas Children’s Hospital in the fall of 2016.

Our daughter, Madison was in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) following multiple lung collapses due to an obstructive mass in her airway. She received a double lung transplant in 2015, but was then diagnosed with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, similar to lymphoma cancer, in June 2016 and began chemotherapy at her local medical center. Madison’s airway collapsed later in October, and we...

April 05, 2018 | Samira Armin, MD, FAAP

Every child will experience coughing at some point in his or her life.  As a parent, watching your child cough can make you feel helpless knowing the cough be from many different ailments, ranging from innocent to dangerous, including upper respiratory infections, asthma, pneumonia, gastroesophageal reflux, choking and many others. If a cough is present in your child, it may be hard to know whether you should call your child’s pediatrician for advice, schedule an appointment or head straight to an emergency center for immediate care. It’s important to remember that coughs are a natural part of life, signaling the body’s way of protecting...