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September 18, 2018 | Ashley Shaw, MPAS, PA-C
The dangers of battery button consumption | Texas Children's Hospital

If you’re making a home safe for infants or children, you should always sweat the small things – sharp corners, chemicals under the sink, electrical outlets and even laundry detergent pods are potential hazards for little ones. Forgetting anything? I didn’t mention a common household item that might not be top-of-mind for most: the small button batteries inside many of our electronic devices.

Every three hours, a child will visit an emergency department after consuming a battery. In fact, button battery...

September 14, 2018 | The Carters, patient family
Caitlin's story: Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Denise Carter

Caitlin Carter, bone marrow recipient

When my pediatrician recommended a complete blood count (CBC) during one of my annual appointments, I was angry because it wasn’t a requirement. I wasn’t any happier when we had to keep returning for additional testing because my counts were low. When this journey started, I remember feeling frustrated after visiting so many different doctors and still not identifying what was wrong. I don’t blame them, though. The condition I was eventually diagnosed with was so rare, and they couldn’t have known.

September 12, 2018 | Dinah Godwin, LCSW, Jennifer Cervantes, LMSW
To the anxious parent in each of us | Texas Children's Hospital

I’m sitting at my desk, and I can feel my blood pressure start to rise as my legs begin shaking. I swipe back and forth vigorously on my phone, hoping a text message will appear with every stroke of my finger.

It’s 9:03 p.m. “He was supposed to call me three minutes ago,” I think to myself. The rational side of me tries to become the voice of reason. “It’s fine – he probably stopped to take a break because it’s so hot outside, or maybe he just forgot to text me when he got home.”

On the other hand, my...

September 10, 2018 | Laurel Lyn Williams, DO
Talking with teenagers about suicide in the media | Texas Children's Hospital

I get a lot of questions regarding heightened exposure to incidents involving suicide, primarily from caregivers of teenagers and young adolescents. In today’s world, our young ones have more access to constant news coverage and limitless amounts of digital media content (films, series, video games, etc.) than ever before.

How do we help teenagers process what they’re seeing and hearing about suicide without frightening them or sensationalizing the subject?

It would be difficult to...

September 07, 2018 | Jennifer Rainey, mother of patient
Lilly's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Jennifer Rainey

We were given Lilly’s diagnosis over the phone, as we were on our way home from the CT scan of her brain. We were finally told she had Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) – after over a year of chasing the cause behind numerous ear infections, incurable rashes and an unquenchable thirst. This mouthful of words meant nothing to me. Nonetheless, it was an answer. Lilly was only 2 years old, and we were scared to death.

Lilly checked into