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October 24, 2017 | Adele Reeder, MD, FAAP

Earlier this year, a teenager in South Carolina died after consuming a café latte, Mountain Dew and an energy drink within the span of a few hours. The consumption of such a large amount of caffeine in such a short time was thought to have induced a deadly abnormal heart rhythm. Tragic events like these are rare, but they highlight a changing trend in caffeine consumption among children. According to a 2014 study in Pediatrics, 73 percent of children consume caffeine on a daily basis. This percentage remained about the same from 2000 to 2010, but what did change were the sources of caffeine. In 2000, soda and tea made up the majority of...

October 23, 2017 | Nick Purcell, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, Megan Graham, PT, DPT, SCS, COSMT, CSCS

October is National Physical Therapy month and we invite you to read a little bit about who we are and what our profession strives to accomplish! During October we hope to bring additional awareness to the American Physical Therapy Association’s mission to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. 

At Texas Children’s Hospital, we strive to live out this mission every day. Our board-certified sports physical therapists work hard to provide personalized one-on-one evaluations and treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each athlete. As sports physical therapists we realize no two athletes are alike...

October 20, 2017 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month! As many of us celebrate, advocate and support those with Down syndrome, my family and I thought we’d share our own personal journey of raising and loving a sweet, little boy named Joseph Dash. With enthusiasm and excitement, Dash’s older sisters, Maya and Emily, have also contributed to this blog … and, provide a wonderful perspective and reflective outlook on their little brother!   

When we first discovered our son had Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, my husband and I were quite devastated. We were on, what seemed to be, an unending roller coaster powered by “what ifs.” Questions, such as, what...

October 19, 2017 | Javier Chinen, MD, PhD

Your child has started school or daycare and now he or she comes home with a runny nose, sneezing, and watery and itchy eyes. They say everyone in class is sneezing. 

During school time, children are exposed to others who might have viral infections; and during the Fall season, ragweed pollen, a potent allergen, is abundant in the air. The level of mold spores also increases, particularly in places recently flooded.

Is it a pollen/mold allergy or a cold? 

Both respiratory allergy reactions and colds can present with similar symptoms, and both can lead to more serious conditions, such as sinusitis or ear infections.

October 17, 2017 | Jessie Marcet-Gonzalez, CPNP

As parents, we want our children to grow, learn and be healthy individuals to lead happy and successful lives. We want to provide our kids with the best nutrition, education and foundation in order to accomplish this. It’s important for our children to have good sleep architecture and a restful night in order to function adequately in school. Snoring and frequent arousals could be the result of enlarged tonsils and adenoids, leading to what is called sleep disordered breathing. Texas Children’s otolaryngologists take care of children with this complaint, as well as recurrent throat infections. A tonsillectomy, with or without adenoidectomy,...