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April 25, 2018 | Kimberly K. Lopez, DrPH, MPH, BA
Talking Tips | Texas Children's Hospital

Yes – I’m that parent. The one shuffling through the produce section of the grocery store, picking out her choices with the same level of excitement as an Astros fan watching Game 7 of the World Series and offering an intimate play-by-play narration to her baby boy nestled in the grocery cart.

“I think we need some Granny Smith apples. What color are these? Green! Let’s count out our apples, 1-2-3-4!” I do all of this because I know I can make my baby laugh when I count in a funny voice. I also do this because talking to him helps with his brain development, and allows us to connect with each other.  

I know it might...

April 24, 2018 | Shelly Nalbone, CPNP, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist
Spitting Up | Texas Children's Hospital

My baby is frequently spitting up – it seems like it’s all of my breast milk! I never thought breastfed babies spit up this much. This can’t be normal, can it? Is there something wrong with my baby?

Don’t worry – we get these questions often. Caring for a baby who spits up can be stressful for parents, creating worries about the baby’s health and proper growth. Spitting up is a very common occurrence in healthy babies, and usually won’t cause any issues in regards to the baby’s growth or development. This often happens because the baby’s digestive system is so immature, making it easier for their stomach contents to flow back up into...

April 23, 2018 | Daren Molina, MD
Shin Splints | Texas Children's Hospital

Spring means warmer weather, more rain and the start of track and soccer season. Young athletes who play sports with heavy amounts of running and jumping can commonly complain of lower leg pain. Shin splints are one of the main causes of this lower leg pain.

What are shin splints?

First, let’s go over the anatomy of the leg. The lower leg, below the knee, is composed of two bones – the main shinbone, or tibia, and the smaller bone on the side, the fibula. Each bone has a dense layer of covering, which can be likened to wrapping the bones with plastic wrap. The covering is called periosteum, and is where all...

April 20, 2018 | Spencer Greene, MD, MS, FACEP, FACMT
Snake Bites | Texas Children's Hospital

 

Spring is now in full swing, inviting more opportunities to go hiking or camping with family members and friends. However, warmer weather brings snakes out of hiding, so it’s important to know how to safely take action in the event someone is bitten. I'm offering the following tips on how to respond in these situations, along with unsafe practices to avoid in the immediate aftermath of a snake bite. 

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April 19, 2018 | Sharonda Janeya Alston Taylor, MD
High-Risk Behavior | Texas Children's Hospital

We all remember what it’s like to go through puberty and push further through adolescence. This is a time of intimate personal development and increasing independence. During the process of growing from child to adult, adolescents may make choices that could put their health and well-being at risk. The high-risk behaviors leading to these choices have the ability to shape adult behavior, and the consequences are costly to society and young people alike. Some of the most common adolescent high-risk behaviors include sexual activity, substance abuse, cigarette smoking, preventable injury and violence, including self-harm.

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