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April 03, 2018 | Carissa Helms, mother of patient

In my second year of college, I joined a campus organization that placed me and other volunteers in various local hospitals to participate in fun activities with pediatric cancer patients. I would have never imagined being on the receiving end of this paradigm 20 years down the road. 

We brought my 6-year-old son, Ethan, to the emergency center at Texas Children’s West Campus on Feb. 11, 2017, due to extremely low hemoglobin levels. Ethan had been experiencing brief, low-grade fevers with no other symptoms, and we were initially told this was likely the result of a virus. When the lymph nodes on Ethan’s neck started to gradually swell...

April 02, 2018 | Jennifer E. Dietrich, MSc, MD

Do you know what “contraception” actually entails? From a scientific standpoint, contraception, also known as birth control, is defined as a method or device used to prevent pregnancy as a result of unprotected sexual intercourse. This defining concept behind contraception has existed since ancient times, but safe and effective contraceptives became available for women only in the past 60 years.

Contraception is achieved through multiple method categories, including hormonal. This is highly effective and refers to birth control methods, most comprised of steroid hormones, which act on the endocrine system. We offer...

April 02, 2018 | Jessie Marcet-Gonzalez, CPNP

If your child needs a tracheostomy and is hospitalized at Texas Children’s Hospital, you’re bound to meet a member of our tracheostomy rounds team.

Texas Children’s performs an average of 90 tracheostomies each year. This procedure consists of a surgical incision in the trachea to bypass the upper airway and provide an alternative access for breathing. The need for tracheostomy placement can vary from child to child. Some common reasons behind a tracheostomy include airway obstruction, genetic syndromes, trauma, infection or the need for prolonged ventilator support. In the past, tracheostomies were usually performed to treat...

March 30, 2018 | Michelle Denee Holick, MD

Did you know that 20 percent of adults who develop recurring headaches in their lifetime would begin enduring them before 10 years of age? In most cases, infection, minor head trauma or high levels of stress and/or anxiety often cause chronic headaches in children. It's important to pay attention to your child's headache symptoms and know when it’s appropriate to treat them at home versus seek outside help from a pediatrician or pediatric neurologist. Through this blog, I’m answering some of the most common questions we receive regarding headaches.

What are headaches and how can they affect my child?

There are...

March 29, 2018 | Shelly Nalbone, CPNP, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist

Your child is running a fever and complaining of a sore throat, so you call your pediatrician’s office for an appointment. Your pediatrician doesn’t have any available appointments, but you’re told the nurse practitioner and/or physician assistant on duty can see your child. Is this OK? What is a nurse practitioner? What is a physician assistant? Are they qualified to take care of my child? What if my child needs a prescription? Many parents express these concerns, and have asked the same exact questions. 

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are also called advanced practice providers (APPs). They hold master’s...

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