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April 05, 2018 | Samira Armin, MD, FAAP

Every child will experience coughing at some point in his or her life.  As a parent, watching your child cough can make you feel helpless knowing the cough be from many different ailments, ranging from innocent to dangerous, including upper respiratory infections, asthma, pneumonia, gastroesophageal reflux, choking and many others. If a cough is present in your child, it may be hard to know whether you should call your child’s pediatrician for advice, schedule an appointment or head straight to an emergency center for immediate care. It’s important to remember that coughs are a natural part of life, signaling the body’s way of protecting...

April 04, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Unlike typical wait lines, where a “first-come, first-serve” process is standard, the order with which emergency center (EC) patients are seen and treated is determined by a triage system designed to rapidly identify and prioritize patients based on the severity of their illness or injury and their need for emergent therapy. By using key information, such as a patient’s age, signs and symptoms, past medical and surgical history, physical examination and vital signs (which may include heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, oxygen level and pain score), the triage system helps to determine the order and priority of...

April 03, 2018 | Carissa Helms, mother of patient

In my second year of college, I joined a campus organization that placed me and other volunteers in various local hospitals to participate in fun activities with pediatric cancer patients. I would have never imagined being on the receiving end of this paradigm 20 years down the road. 

We brought my 6-year-old son, Ethan, to the emergency center at Texas Children’s West Campus on Feb. 11, 2017, due to extremely low hemoglobin levels. Ethan had been experiencing brief, low-grade fevers with no other symptoms, and we were initially told this was likely the result of a virus. When the lymph nodes on Ethan’s neck started to gradually swell...

April 02, 2018 | Jennifer E. Dietrich, MSc, MD

Do you know what “contraception” actually entails? From a scientific standpoint, contraception, also known as birth control, is defined as a method or device used to prevent pregnancy as a result of unprotected sexual intercourse. This defining concept behind contraception has existed since ancient times, but safe and effective contraceptives became available for women only in the past 60 years.

Contraception is achieved through multiple method categories, including hormonal. This is highly effective and refers to birth control methods, most comprised of steroid hormones, which act on the endocrine system. We offer...

April 02, 2018 | Jessie Marcet-Gonzalez, CPNP

If your child needs a tracheostomy and is hospitalized at Texas Children’s Hospital, you’re bound to meet a member of our tracheostomy rounds team.

Texas Children’s performs an average of 90 tracheostomies each year. This procedure consists of a surgical incision in the trachea to bypass the upper airway and provide an alternative access for breathing. The need for tracheostomy placement can vary from child to child. Some common reasons behind a tracheostomy include airway obstruction, genetic syndromes, trauma, infection or the need for prolonged ventilator support. In the past, tracheostomies were usually performed to treat...

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