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June 19, 2018 | Tiffany M. McKee-Garrett, MD
Jaundice | Texas Children's Hospital

It can be difficult for parents to watch their newborn’s tender heel get poked with a needle for a blood draw. However, the necessity of this screening, alongside the information gleaned from just a few drops of blood, is critical to your baby’s health. Some of this blood is blotted onto a filter paper card and then sent off to the Texas Newborn Screening (NBS) Laboratory in Austin.

Some of the blood collected from the heel stick is also tested for bilirubin. This is done in hospital laboratories, and results are...

June 18, 2018 | Tiffany X. Nguyen, DO, FAAP
Healthy Habits in College | Texas Children's Hospital

According to a 2016 study conducted by the University of Vermont, the “freshman 15” is actually a myth. In reality, most students gain around 10 pounds throughout all four years of college, with one-third of that weight gained in the first year. 

But weight gain is just one example of how young adults find their health compromised in college. When you mix being away from home for the first time with academic pressure from course loads and welcomed distractions that come with freedom, healthy habits supporting...

June 14, 2018 | Shelly Nalbone, MS, RN, CPNP, IBCLC
Teens & Sex

Most parents and caregivers nervously anticipate having the “sex talk” with their teenagers. It can easily become an awkward, uncomfortable discussion for both parties, but it’s a necessary one. If you’re approaching your teen on sex-related topics, consider the tips below.

Choose your timing wisely. Don’t start talking about this topic if either of you are hungry, irritated, busy, tired, etc. It can be a set-up for rejection or frustration.

Break the ice. It’s important...

June 13, 2018 | Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP, Marisa B. Nowitz, LCSW
Traumatic Stress | Texas Children's Hospital

When young children and adolescents are faced with distressing experiences, recognizing the impact of these difficult circumstances can be complicated. If a child’s emotional and/or physical well-being are harmed or threatened by an incident, we consider this a trauma. In these cases, traumatic stress is the psychological response resulting from a trauma. There are certain traumatic stress reactions considered normal and adaptive in the immediate aftermath of the trauma, such as hyper-vigilance or...

June 11, 2018 | Diane Kaulen, MS, CCLS
Child Life Department | Texas Children's Hospital

What's your guiding philosophy when it comes to offering children more than just medical support, but also outside stimulation? 

Play is the universal language of children and an important aspect in their healing process. By providing therapeutic and normalization play, the Child Life Department at Texas Children’s Hospital can provide children an opportunity to understand their medical treatment, give voice to their thoughts, build control and mastery, and help the entire family feel normal. The medical...

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