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August 24, 2018 | Sachin Menon, father of patient
Serina’s story | Texas Children's Hospital
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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...

August 22, 2018 | Harold J. Farber, MD
Busting 3 myths on e-cigarettes | Texas Children's Hospital

In a , I addressed the rapidly increasing popularity of e-cigarette devices (and other electronic nicotine delivery systems) and criticized the companies behind them for boasting modern designs, tempting flavors and a false perception of safety to addict a new generation of smokers.

This false perception of safety often thrives through the many myths and unsubstantiated claims...

August 20, 2018 | Kristina Lakenmacher, RD, LD
Every child should start the day with breakfast | Texas Children's Hospital

We always hear about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, but knowing this doesn’t exactly solve the challenge of feeding a resistant breakfast-eater. Now that it’s time to return to school and shift schedules, this might feel like even more of a morning battle.  

Kids and teenagers who eat breakfast tend to maintain sharper focus, increased energy, regulated appetite and a stronger immune system during the day. Without breakfast, the body doesn’t get the start it needs to function at its fullest...

August 15, 2018 | Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, MD
Managing sleep, screens and schedules after summer break | Texas Children's Hospital

It’s already time for our kids to return to school! Where did summer go? Jumping back into old routines can be difficult, and the most common issues revolve around the “three S’s of summer” – sleep, screens and schedules. These habits are often poorly regulated over the summer, so they require serious attention if you want to start another school year on the right foot.

Sleep

It’s typical for children and adolescents to fall back into unregulated sleep...

August 13, 2018 | Samira Armin, MD, FAAP
Your child might have functional constipation | Texas Children's Hospital

It takes a newborn less than 24 hours to make a dirty diaper. New parents often find themselves changing multiple diapers a day, quickly become experts in their child’s voiding habits and patterns. Therefore, it should be no surprise that abnormal stooling can bring reasonable concern in the world of pediatrics.

Constipation is prevalent among children. In fact, it’s estimated to occur in approximately 30 percent of children. It can be identified through a variety of signs, ranging from infrequent bowel movements...

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