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May 29, 2018 | Karen Litel, mother of patient
Conrad Litel | Texas Children's Hospital
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To this day, my family will never forget April 4, 2014. It was a typical day, as far as most days go. I fixed lunches in the morning, and my kids were out the door and off to school. 

I was reminded of the previous night – my youngest, Conrad, was complaining of fluid in his ears, which was bothering him. This wasn’t abnormal, as Conrad had brought up these complaints on and off for some time, but our allergist and otolaryngologist (ENT) both thought his eardrums might’ve been retracted from his allergies. 

I started wondering if maybe Conrad had a strange,...

May 25, 2018 | Natalie Strole, mother of patient
Hailey Strole | Texas Children's Hospital
Image courtesy of Natalie Strole

In April 2010, my 11-year-old daughter, Hailey, was diagnosed with a 10-centimeter-long, low-grade juvenile polycystic astrocytoma, which is a rare childhood brain tumor. Leading up to this diagnosis, Hailey was training as a Level 8 competitive gymnast for up to 30 hours a week. She had been complaining of recurring headaches, so we had her eyes checked, alongside her blood sugar and other counts. We eventually brushed these headaches off as a result of exhaustion from training. Things changed when Hailey suffered a small seizure while practice on the balance beam one day....

May 24, 2018 | Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, MD
ADHD | Texas Children's Hospital

Most have heard of ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Do they know how it’s properly identified? ADHD, which was initially acknowledged in 18th century medical literature, is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by hyperactivity, impulsiveness and poor attention control.

This chronic condition, which often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood, typically involves interactions between genetics and environmental risk factors, such as premature birth, prenatal exposure to illicit...

May 23, 2018 | Allison Arthur MD, FAAP
Heat Safety | Texas Children's Hospital

In Houston, we’ve been spoiled with a beautiful, mild spring season, but temperatures are surely rising and humidity is already creeping around the corner! It’s going to be summer before we know it, so I wanted to share some heat-related safety facts and tips for National Heat Awareness Day to keep your family safe under the sweltering sun over the next few months.

It’s important to remember children are at high risk for heat-related illnesses, as their bodies heat up 3-5 times faster...

May 22, 2018 | Mary K. Kelinske, OD
Special Needs Eye Clinic | Texas Children's Hospital

At Texas Children’s Hospital, we recently opened our first Special Needs Eye Clinic. For parents of children with a range of physical, developmental and behavioral differences, such as ADHD and autism, getting to our hospital clinic in the Texas Medical Center can be very frustrating. By the time you’ve parked and trekked through a hospital filled with all kinds of lights, smells, sounds and people, your child can be worn out and potentially melting down.

I wanted a clinic to be a place of understanding and...