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June 13, 2018 | Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP, Marisa B. Nowitz, LCSW
Traumatic Stress | Texas Children's Hospital

When young children and adolescents are faced with distressing experiences, recognizing the impact of these difficult circumstances can be complicated. If a child’s emotional and/or physical well-being are harmed or threatened by an incident, we consider this a trauma. In these cases, traumatic stress is the psychological response resulting from a trauma. There are certain traumatic stress reactions considered normal and adaptive in the immediate aftermath of the trauma, such as hyper-vigilance or...

June 11, 2018 | Diane Kaulen, MS, CCLS
Child Life Department | Texas Children's Hospital

What's your guiding philosophy when it comes to offering children more than just medical support, but also outside stimulation? 

Play is the universal language of children and an important aspect in their healing process. By providing therapeutic and normalization play, the Child Life Department at Texas Children’s Hospital can provide children an opportunity to understand their medical treatment, give voice to their thoughts, build control and mastery, and help the entire family feel normal. The medical...

June 07, 2018 | Samira Armin, MD, FAAP
Picky Eating in Toddlers | Texas Children's Hospital

Let’s be honest – raising toddlers is challenging. These stages aren’t nicknamed “terrible 2s” or “three-nager” for nothing. In reality, most toddlers know what they want and how they want it, and they wanted it two minutes ago. Their favorite word is “no,” and they can be nearly impossible to reason with. The frequent tantrums, potty training challenges, head banging, screaming, hitting and biting make the newborn period seem like a fond memory when compared to living with a toddler. Therefore, it’s...

June 06, 2018 | Kevin A. Kaplan, MD
Behavioral Insomnia | Texas Children's

One of the scariest, most heart-stopping moments I have endured as a father occurred when I thought I had left my youngest son’s blanket at a restaurant. To my son, this blanket is his entire world. It goes to the grocery store, to the movies and out to dinner with us. It’s the first thing he’s holding each morning, and the last thing in his possession each night. When I realized his blanket was gone (possibly forever) I was instantly thrown into full-on panic mode. In this moment, I thought my son would never be able...

June 05, 2018 | Nidhy P. Varghese, MD
Pulmonary Complications of CHD | Texas Children's Hospital

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect in the world, affecting the hearts of thousands of children each year. However, CHD affects more than just the heart. Abnormal cardiac development can have significant effects on other organ systems, such as the lungs. The lungs are directly connected to the heart and they share a unique relationship of development and physiology. Effects of CHD can be seen in lung growth, in anatomy and in lung function. Although these can be considered as prenatal and...

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