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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...

April 09, 2018 | Taylor Gilliland, M.D. Candidate 2018, Deepak Mehta, MD
Laryngeal Cleft | Texas Children's Hospital

What is laryngeal cleft?

Laryngeal cleft is an incomplete fusion of the tissue between the upper airway or larynx, and the esophagus or feeding tube. This is a congenital disorder, meaning it is present at birth, and the degree of absent tissue or cleft varies. Laryngeal cleft can contribute to poor weight gain and frequent respiratory infections.

Which signs indicate your child might have a laryngeal cleft?

The most common signs of a laryngeal cleft are difficulty feeding, such as coughing with feeds, and a chronic cough lasting longer than four weeks. You may notice your child had...

April 09, 2018 | Ruth Ann Luna, PhD
Gut Microbiome | Texas Children's Hospital

Diagnoses for individuals with autism spectrum disorder have risen over the past decade, and researchers still have far too many questions about the disorder. While multiple genes possessing the potential to cause some types of autism have been identified, putting together the pieces of the puzzle has proven complicated. The range within the autism spectrum is quite vast, from the milder end where some might’ve received a diagnosis for Asperger’s syndrome in the past, to the more severe end, where individuals struggle with both physical and cognitive disabilities. These extremes within this spectrum have further complicated the world of...