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August 22, 2018 | Harold J. Farber, MD
Busting 3 myths on e-cigarettes | Texas Children's Hospital

In a , I addressed the rapidly increasing popularity of e-cigarette devices (and other electronic nicotine delivery systems) and criticized the companies behind them for boasting modern designs, tempting flavors and a false perception of safety to addict a new generation of smokers.

This false perception of safety often thrives through the many myths and unsubstantiated claims...

August 20, 2018 | Kristina Lakenmacher, RD, LD
Every child should start the day with breakfast | Texas Children's Hospital

We always hear about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, but knowing this doesn’t exactly solve the challenge of feeding a resistant breakfast-eater. Now that it’s time to return to school and shift schedules, this might feel like even more of a morning battle.  

Kids and teenagers who eat breakfast tend to maintain sharper focus, increased energy, regulated appetite and a stronger immune system during the day. Without breakfast, the body doesn’t get the start it needs to function at its fullest...

August 15, 2018 | Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, MD
Managing sleep, screens and schedules after summer break | Texas Children's Hospital

It’s already time for our kids to return to school! Where did summer go? Jumping back into old routines can be difficult, and the most common issues revolve around the “three S’s of summer” – sleep, screens and schedules. These habits are often poorly regulated over the summer, so they require serious attention if you want to start another school year on the right foot.

Sleep

It’s typical for children and adolescents to fall back into unregulated sleep...

August 13, 2018 | Samira Armin, MD, FAAP
Your child might have functional constipation | Texas Children's Hospital

It takes a newborn less than 24 hours to make a dirty diaper. New parents often find themselves changing multiple diapers a day, quickly become experts in their child’s voiding habits and patterns. Therefore, it should be no surprise that abnormal stooling can bring reasonable concern in the world of pediatrics.

Constipation is prevalent among children. In fact, it’s estimated to occur in approximately 30 percent of children. It can be identified through a variety of signs, ranging from infrequent bowel movements...

August 10, 2018 | Sarah Howard, patient
Sarah's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Ashley Howard

My name is Sarah, and I’m a 10-year-old gymnast from Spring, Texas. I love everything about gymnastics – the practices, conditioning, team culture, competitions and medals … just about everything! Well, aside from the injuries. Turns out, one minor injury would send me to multiple physicians and physical therapists and cut my gymnastics activities short for an entire year.

Mid-way through my first season of competitive gymnastics, I injured my knee during a competition. After the vault rotation, my knee just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t an intense, sharp pain, but it...

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