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April 02, 2018 | Jessie Marcet-Gonzalez, CPNP

If your child needs a tracheostomy and is hospitalized at Texas Children’s Hospital, you’re bound to meet a member of our tracheostomy rounds team.

Texas Children’s performs an average of 90 tracheostomies each year. This procedure consists of a surgical incision in the trachea to bypass the upper airway and provide an alternative access for breathing. The need for tracheostomy placement can vary from child to child. Some common reasons behind a tracheostomy include airway obstruction, genetic syndromes, trauma, infection or the need for prolonged ventilator support. In the past, tracheostomies were usually performed to treat...

March 30, 2018 | Michelle Denee Holick, MD

Did you know that 20 percent of adults who develop recurring headaches in their lifetime would begin enduring them before 10 years of age? In most cases, infection, minor head trauma or high levels of stress and/or anxiety often cause chronic headaches in children. It's important to pay attention to your child's headache symptoms and know when it’s appropriate to treat them at home versus seek outside help from a pediatrician or pediatric neurologist. Through this blog, I’m answering some of the most common questions we receive regarding headaches.

What are headaches and how can they affect my child?

There are...

March 29, 2018 | Shelly Nalbone, CPNP, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist

Your child is running a fever and complaining of a sore throat, so you call your pediatrician’s office for an appointment. Your pediatrician doesn’t have any available appointments, but you’re told the nurse practitioner and/or physician assistant on duty can see your child. Is this OK? What is a nurse practitioner? What is a physician assistant? Are they qualified to take care of my child? What if my child needs a prescription? Many parents express these concerns, and have asked the same exact questions. 

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are also called advanced practice providers (APPs). They hold master’s...

March 27, 2018 | Blair Alger, LMSW

“Oh wow! Your job definitely sounds challenging, but I bet it’s rewarding, too.” I think social workers are often accustomed to these kinds of comments. In fact, one rewarding aspect for social workers at Texas Children’s Hospital, including myself, is our ability to provide support to other care team members throughout the hospital system. Whether it’s a nurse, dietitian, physician, child life specialist, chaplain or housekeeping staff member, our social workers strive to create a safe, inclusive working environment where care members feel comfortable seeking support and guidance, in both formal and non-formal settings. In our department of...

March 27, 2018 | Katina M. Lara, MS, RDN, LD

It’s not easy convincing children to eat healthy, natural foods – especially vegetables. Luckily, we’re now in spring, the season of new beginnings! Now is a great time to start getting your little ones interested in colorful, nutritious vegetables.

First, let’s start by rephrasing that last sentence for the kiddos. It’s a great time to find gold at the end of the vegetable rainbow, crossing a wide variety of vibrant foods – rosy radishes, red tomatoes, orange carrots, yellow squash, green kale, purple eggplants and white cauliflower, for example. Who doesn’t love rainbows?

  1. If you’re in need of some tips for...