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July 13, 2018 | Tristen Brown, patient
Tristen's story: Finally breathing with ease | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Tristen Brown and Sharon Varley

I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder, when I was born in 2001. I was like most kids growing up – active and filled with energy. I was pretty healthy throughout most of my adolescence, too. When time passed, I was hospitalized frequently from repeated cystic fibrosis exacerbations. In early 2016, my health started to decline when I was a freshman in high school. I had to stop attending public school and start online school once I realized I was falling behind in my schoolwork due to the hospitalizations. This allowed me to do schoolwork...

July 10, 2018 | Dinah Godwin, LCSW
Why the long wait for behavioral and developmental evaluation? | Texas Children's Hospital

Imagine taking your 4-year-old daughter to the pediatrician for her well child visit, where you expect to hear the usual “she’s doing great – see you next year!” This time, though, your doctor is throwing out words such as “speech delay,” “unusual behavior” and “lack of eye contact.” Your doctor puts in a referral to developmental pediatrics, telling you to call if you don’t hear anything in the next two weeks.

Most parents are in panic mode at this point, seeking input from family and friends and frantically...

July 09, 2018 | Daniel J. Ashton, MD

My name is and I’m one of nine pediatric interventional radiologists practicing at Texas Children’s Hospital. We often get questions on what exactly interventional radiology entails and how we treat our patients, alongside inquiries about our backgrounds and qualifications.

We go through four years of medical school, just like all other physicians, and then specialize in interpreting medical images (...

July 06, 2018 | Anonymous, mother of patient
Peter’s story: Fighting for relief from a painful pediatric varicocele | Texas Children's Hospital

My 14-year-old son, Peter, asked me to bring him some ice when I stopped by his room to say goodnight one evening this past February. When I asked if he wanted it with water, he replied: “No, I need to put it on a pain I’m having. Can you bring it in a bag?”

This marked the start of a five-week lesson in pediatric varicoceles, which involved constant pain for Peter, embarrassment over the part of his body involved and ultimately (and unexpectedly) a great outcome right in our backyard from a skilled pediatric...

July 05, 2018 | Deborah Alford, PPCNP-BC
Teething tips: New information for parents | Texas Children's Hospital

Imagine yourself as the parent of an adorable 4-month-old baby. You’ve successfully survived the first few months of this delightful new chapter of parenthood. Then, just as your bundle of joy is sleeping long hours, expressing himself with cooing and laughing and reaching out to your smiling face, he suddenly starts to drool and chew on everything within reach, resulting in interrupted sleep patterns from bouts of unexplained fussiness. These changes might be signs of teething in your baby. In these cases, knowledge is...