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November 06, 2017 | Bruno Pedro Chumpitazi, MD, MPH

Food affects our bodies. For the vast majority of us this is positive, giving us energy and fuel throughout our day. But it can also be negative, for example if we have an intolerance (non-allergic response) to certain foods. A classic example of a food-related intolerance would be lactose intolerance – where one may develop abdominal pain, bloating and gas after drinking/eating dairy products. 

Does diet matter in children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Dietary changes can potentially be part of the solution for children with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS, the most common type of chronic abdominal pain, affects up...

November 03, 2017 | Daren Molina, MD

Your son or daughter wants to start a weight training program. Where do you start? How do you help them to be successful and safe? Is it OK for them to be lifting weights at all? Are they too young? What if they’re still growing? All of these are common questions asked by parents of children we see in our Sports Medicine Program here at Texas Children’s Hospital.  

There are several things to consider when helping your young athlete start a weight training program.

  • Make sure they are old enough to follow instruction well.
  • Set a goal as far as what they want to achieve.  
  • Start with basic exercises before...
November 02, 2017 | Michelle M. Santiago, MD
This blog is available in Spanish below.

The ANA test is a laboratory study that can be ordered by your child’s physician as part of the evaluation for autoimmune or rheumatologic conditions. When this test result is positive (abnormal), it can create a great deal of anxiety both to the parent, patient and the ordering provider. To understand the significance of this test it is important to review some basic concepts.

The human body has a defense system against infections or foreign agents that may be harmful to us. That line of defense is known as the immune system. It acts as an army to defend our body, and as an armed force...

October 31, 2017 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for both children and adults! In order to prevent unanticipated illnesses and injuries, it’s important for parents and caregivers to be aware of some simple safety tips in order to keep their children safe during this Halloween holiday! 


Finding and selecting the “perfect” costume can take time and perseverance! Although children may focus more on their appearance or popularity, it’s important parents check to make sure costumes and their accessories fit well and are made of safe materials.      

  • Check hats, wigs and beards to make sure they don’t slip over your...
October 30, 2017 | Lucy Cardoza, mother of patient

Like so many little kids, my daughter, Xochitl Hope Salas, loves pretending to read Dr. Seuss’ books, watching her favorite movies - Finding Nemo and Ratatouille - and splashing in water. However, unlike those kids, my daughter is a 15 year-old high school student with a mind of a two-year old.

I am a single mother to three beautiful daughters and Hope is my youngest. Hope was born five weeks early and had several breathing issues including asthma as an infant. By her first birthday, it was obvious she was developmentally delayed compared to other children. For example, she didn’t learn to walk until she was three.

When she was...