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May 18, 2018 | Lauren Doane, former patient
Lauren Doane | Texas Children's Hospital
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I’m Lauren, and I have cystic fibrosis. This is a genetic, chronic and life-threatening disease affecting primarily the lungs and digestive systems, alongside many other organs. Cystic fibrosis causes thick, sticky mucus to build up along the linings of the lungs and digestive tract, causing frequent lung infections and difficulty digesting food and absorbing nutrients.

I was a patient at Texas Children’s for 19 years in their Pulmonary Medicine outpatient clinic, where I visited quarterly for check-ups. In addition to my height/weight checks, these appointments...

May 17, 2018 | Ursula Maria Maldonado, MD, FAAP
Pool Safety | Texas Children's Hospital

Now that temperatures are rising, water activities are becoming a fun, refreshing way to keep your family active and entertained in the Houston heat. Whether you’re in your backyard oasis, at the neighborhood pool, thrilling water parks or the relaxing shores of Galveston, it’s important to refresh on some water safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Texas unfortunately leads the nation in drowning deaths for children under 5 years of age. For each child who drowns, four others will suffer brain...

May 16, 2018 | Jessica Zink, MSPAS, PA-C
Summer Safety | Texas Children's Hospital

Temperatures are gradually rising, which means summer is just around the corner! Soon, kids will be out of school and spending more time playing outdoors at home, with their friends or at summer camps. While it’s very important for children to have a good time during summer break, it’s even more important to ensure their safety while they play.

When outdoors, it’s imperative for your child to wear appropriate sunscreen. It should be reapplied often too! For babies younger than 6 months of age,...

May 15, 2018 | Laurel Lyn Williams, DO
Self-Harm | Texas Children's Hospital

For many people, the idea of self-harm is confusing. Most parents will feel upset, hurt and frightened when they learn their child is self-harming. They worry about their child’s safety, reflect on the signs they must have missed and might feel a sense of failure or shame that it’s happening to their family.

Self-harm has a very long history within human culture, but self-harm as a symptom of distress for young people in the United States has definitely been on the rise over the past 20 years. Generally, young...

May 14, 2018 | Aikaterini Anagnostou, MD, PhD
Food Allergy Introduction | Texas Children's Hospital

Introducing different foods into your baby’s diet can be a stressful process. We all aim to provide the best possible start in life for our children, and establishing a nutritious and wholesome diet is an important part of this effort. Over time, significant changes have been made to how we introduce allergenic foods to infants. These changes have also brought many misconceptions and myths surrounding allergenic food introduction. Some of the most common myths are detailed and debunked below.

Myth #1...

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