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April 13, 2018 | Judie Kochenower, mother of patient
Claire Kochenower | Texas Children's Hospital

My daughter, Claire, was regularly complaining of headaches. Claire’s neurologist ordered an MRI in early December 2016, which was performed just two days following her sixth birthday. Immediately following the MRI, our medical team wanted to speak with us even before we left. “Oh no,” I thought – in my experience, I never had to speak with the doctor right after an MRI test.

They found something – a tumor. The next day, Claire had surgery to remove the tumor, which ended up being medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. Those words were life-changing.

Claire spent eight days on the neurosurgery floor, and then another three...

April 12, 2018 | Jinae Spear, PA-C
Bedwetting | Texas Children's Hospital

If your child involuntarily urinates regularly while sleeping, don’t fret! Let’s consider a few things prior to  a visit to your pediatrician. Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is a common condition affecting 5-7 million children across the country, and is regularly recognized as the most typical childhood complaint. Bladder control is a gradual process, and nighttime control, specifically, develops differently in every child. Most children stay dry by the age of 6 or 7 and the rate of incidence goes down as they grow older. By the age of 15, only 1 percent of adolescents report bedwetting.

At Texas Children’s, we see many...

April 11, 2018 | Christopher Spencer Greeley, MD, MS
Child Abuse Pediatrics | Texas Children's Hospital

April marks National Child Abuse Awareness Month, an annual observance dedicated to raising public awareness on the critical impact that traumatic abuse and neglect have on the healthy development of youth in our nation. This month, blue ribbons and pinwheels are very sad reminders of a widespread reality we wish didn’t exist. 

Child abuse and neglect are all too common. In response to this ever-growing social issue, Child Abuse Pediatrics (CAP) at Texas Children’s Hospital employs one of the largest child protection teams in the country. CAP is a multidisciplinary service that strives to provide the highest quality...

April 11, 2018 | Sonia Monteiro, MD
Coping with a Diagnosis | Texas Children's Hospital

When a child is diagnosed with a health issue, the news is often unexpected and frightening for both parents and children. While the early stages of a diagnosis can seem overwhelming and confusing, there are many coping strategies and techniques available to help you, your child and your family during this challenging time.

Many families experience a state of denial and grief as they process a new diagnosis. Grieving the loss of “the way things were” is a normal and healthy emotion. Eventually though, families will need to work together to accept the diagnosis and establish a “new normal.”

While parents may initially feel...

April 10, 2018 | Sabrina Tremayne, patient and mother of patient
Charlie Tremayne | Texas Children's Hospital

An orange astronaut helmet is soaring through space modules as a little boy glides with his arms outstretched; he’s oblivious to the large crowds at NASA as he navigates outer space and galactic objects. Today marks a year since his last heart surgery. His lips are pink, his oxygen level is at 97 percent, and I’m over the moon with joy and gratitude. His name is Charlie Tremayne, and you would never know he’s living with a congenital heart defect (CHD). He’s my son, and he’s the bravest boy I know. Like astronauts and teams of scientists before us, we have courageously charted new territories and taken giant leaps of faith while navigating...

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