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September 05, 2018 | Radha Desarazu, CPNP
Why daily routines and good sleep habits matter | Texas Children's Hospital

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I’m reminded of a back-to-school commercial in which the father is ecstatically shopping for school supplies while this song is playing in the background. As we enter a new school year, now is a good time to establish or reestablish daily routines and healthy sleep habits. A new school year can be a stressful time for both parents and children.

Children adjust to changes more effectively when their daily routines are predictable and steady. Parents can discuss routines...

September 04, 2018 | Courtney Lee, RDN, CSO, LD, CNSC
Probiotics - What are the benefits? | Texas Children's Hospital

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard of probiotics by now and wondered if they might be a good fit for you and/or your child. What are probiotics? Can they really improve your digestive system? These are just a few of the common questions I get from parents when it comes to these bacteria.

That’s right – probiotics are bacteria. Before you panic, let’s break this down and figure out what the hype is all about.

Probiotics are foods or supplements containing live microorganisms (the “good” bacteria)...

August 31, 2018 | Rosimar Suddeth, patient and mother of patients
Eva and Layla's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Paul Kuntz and Rosimar Suddeth

The day we had longed for had finally arrived. We were pregnant – with twins! Our first-time parent excitement kicked into high gear. As the weeks went by, I delighted in taking weekly pregnancy photos and made it through my first trimester smoothly with all of the expected symptoms.

During my second trimester, however, all was going well until it was not. Our world was flipped upside down at 23 weeks gestation. I remember this day so vividly, too. I was at work when I experienced some leakage – not a significant amount, but also not minimal. In tears...

August 28, 2018 | Rayne H. Rouce, MD
Dr. Rouce's story | Texas Children's Hospital

Hurricane Harvey, which brought catastrophic flooding to Houston last year, was a disaster that didn’t discriminate. It would be impossible to identify someone in Houston who wasn’t affected by the storm in some way. In fact, the mere mention of these two words is enough to evoke nausea and anxiety in most people I know.

Unlike many of my patients, colleagues and friends from Texas Children’s Hospital, I’m a Houston native and “hurricane historian” of sorts. When initial warnings on Harvey became concerning, many...

August 24, 2018 | Sachin Menon, father of patient
Serina’s story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Theresa Aldape

As a father, I often cherish the simple moments and shared experiences I’m granted with my children, including my 13-year-old daughter, Serina.

Serina is an eighth grader at The Village School, and she loves to dance, travel, read and hang out with her friends. She also enjoys basketball and plays percussion for her school’s band. Sounds like a typical teenager, right? Serina does pretty much everything you’d expect of a kid her age, but with one exception.

She has multiple food allergies – potentially life-threatening food allergies. These obviously...

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