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February 01, 2018 | Claire E. Bocchini, MD

The 2017-2018 flu season started early and, so far, appears to be more severe than the past two seasons. We saw influenza-related activity dramatically increase during the last week of December, and this activity is currently considered to be widespread across most of the United States. Check your state’s most recent surveillance report . We’re hoping to see this season peak sometime in January or February, but flu season typically lingers well into the spring, sometimes as late as April or May. So, it’s important to be prepared and ready to protect yourself from the flu until...

January 30, 2018 | Ellis M. Arjmand, MD, PhD, MMM

Texas Children's is home to the largest pediatric otolaryngology program in the nation. Pediatric otolaryngologists, also known as ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, are responsible for treating children who have medical conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and head and neck. Our 29 surgeons and 10 advanced practice providers offer a...

January 29, 2018 | Mered Parnes, MD

What’s a tic?

Tourette syndrome is a neurological condition in which affected persons demonstrate brief, repetitive movements and vocalizations called tics. Tics are often associated with a preceding uncomfortable sensation or urge that builds, then is resolved by the action for a period of time, and then builds again. 

When do tics begin? What are some common tics?

Tics typically begin during elementary school age. Movements are referred to as motor tics, and vocalizations are referred to as vocal or phonic tics. Common tics include excessive blinking, facial grimacing, shoulder-...

January 26, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

As a mother of pre-teen children, I have been exposed to, and forced to participate in, a variety of online challenges. Eating homemade pizzas topped with candy and chips, sampling a variety of horribly-flavored jelly beans, squeezing/feeling/comparing innumerable samples of slime, and standing still while being showered in freezing cold water probably round out my most memorable and “daring” experiences. Although many of these online challenges are somewhat silly and “fun,” quite a few unsafe and disturbing trends have gone viral.

Over the past couple of weeks, the laundry detergent pod challenge has rightfully created a huge media...

January 25, 2018 | Taylor Gilliland, M.D. Candidate 2018, Deepak Mehta, MD

When should I worry about noisy breathing?

Having children is a joyous endeavor that alters our daily routines; it has its stressful moments as well. As parents, our number one focus is to provide our children with the best care possible as they grow. Children can make sounds when they breathe that can be frightening, and it can be challenging to know when to be concerned. Sometimes this “noisy breathing” can be the result of a cold or other conditions, such as laryngomalacia. Below is information to help guide you so you have a better idea of when to be concerned about your child’s noisy breathing.

Why does noisy breathing...