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E.g., 09/2018
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...

June 04, 2018 | Radha Desarazu, CPNP
Summer Skin Care | Texas Children's Hospital

It’s heating up outside – warmer weather is here, and with it comes a lot of sunshine and a host of unwanted insects. Your children can still enjoy being outdoors this summer, though, and you can keep their skin safe from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) light and insect bites.

Sun protection

When the sun is out, the strongest UV radiation occurs between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you have children with light-colored hair and/or fair skin, they’ll have the least amount of natural protection...

June 01, 2018 | Jacqueline Benavides, former patient
Jacqueline Benavides | Texas Children's Hospital
Image courtesy of Jacqueline Benavides

If you’re a teenage patient approaching transition from a pediatric to adult health care provider, the process itself can definitely seem intimidating. It’s not as scary as it might look, though. There are no rules when it comes to transitioning. If you’re nervous about going to your first appointment with an adult provider, then don’t go alone. Take your caregiver, a family member or a trusted friend. This process is about gaining more independence and taking control of your health, but doesn’t mean you can’t have a support system with you through it all. So,...