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July 27, 2018 | Blake Harris, patient
Blake's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Blake Harris

On March 22, 2017, I faced a life-changing event while simply doing what I enjoy the most. I was at a routine track meet held at Katy Taylor High School. As a freshman at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, I was blessed to place either first or second in the triple jump event at every track meet of the season. When it was my turn to go, my first phase was excellent. But after my second phase, something went wrong. I flew sideways – my landing was off. I wasn't initially aware of just how injured I was. I tried walking out of the pit, but my right leg completely collapsed...

July 25, 2018 | Jessica Schuh, PA-C, Jacqueline Guarino Broda, PA-C, Jinae Spear, PA-C, Alaina Dozar, FNP-C, Sarah Koelewyn, MPAS, PA-C
5 common questions after newborn circumcision | Texas Children's Hospital

In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks after a comprehensive review of scientific data. However, the potential health benefits (reduced risk of early urinary tract infections within first year of life, possible reduced risk of some sexually transmitted infections) aren’t great enough to recommend universal newborn circumcision when compared to possible risks including pain, bleeding, scarring and poor cosmetic outcome.

In their...

July 24, 2018 | Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, MD
Toilet training with a smile | Texas Chilldren's Hospital

Toilet or “potty” training is a huge milestone for both caregivers and their developing young ones. It represents a big step in independence for children and will also make life a whole lot easier for caregivers who are leaving behind diapers. This process can be a challenging experience overall if it’s done in a stressful or agitated manner. If you’re a caregiver, let’s get one thing straight – you can’t make a child eat, sleep or poop on command. Regardless of how big or bad we think we are as adults, our children are...

July 20, 2018 | Michelle Fritsch, LMSW-ACP
Returning to school after a cancer diagnosis | Texas Children's Hospital

When a child returns to school after a cancer diagnosis, adjustment can be challenging for both the family and school alike. Children with cancer may experience many disruptions in their school attendance due to frequent hospitalizations, side effects of treatment and overall fatigue. Figuring out a plan with the school will be an important part of the child’s recovery.

School is the defining structure in a child’s day-to-day life. Going back to school signals a return to normalcy for children with cancer and...

July 18, 2018 | Audrey McKim, child life activity coordinator

His father sat in a chair across the room; a few floating balloons bunched together in the nearby corner. I remember kneeling on the floor in front of him, holding his hand in mine. His mother was sitting on the couch next to us. She kept looking over at her son in the hospital bed, speaking to him in Spanish. “Mi amor” was the only part I understood. She said it to him multiple times, as if it were his name.

I knew the boy – a little friend of mine in a big hospital filled with lots of other little friends. He...

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