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September 25, 2018 | Carolina D. Placencia, MD, FAAP
Drowning prevention goes far beyond summer | Texas Children's Hospital

We’re officially out of summer and into autumn! Labor Day marked the closing of most neighborhood pools and water parks until next year, but swim season in Houston is far from over. In fact, the summer heat will linger for many more weeks. Thankfully, home pools never close. Even though home pools and spas are a wonderful way to beat the Houston heat, they’re not free of danger.

Drowning is the most common cause of injury-related death in children ages 1 to 4, and the majority of these submersion fatalities...

September 24, 2018 | Diana S. Martinez, health education specialist
Is your child passenger riding safely? | Texas Children's Hospital

Do you know any of the leading causes of death among children? In the United States, unintentional injury from motor vehicle (car) crashes makes the top of the list. In 2015, approximately 1,346 children under the age of 15 were killed in motor vehicle crashes. That’s more than three children per day.

To make matters more heartbreaking – many of these deaths are completely preventable. In fact, securing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and using seat belts cuts their chances of serious...

September 21, 2018 | Kennedy Cooper, patient
Kennedy's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Maya Cooper

I’m Kennedy Cooper and I have sickle cell disease, or SCD. It hasn’t always been easy, and it hasn’t always been fun, but my job is to tell you everything.

Do you know what SCD is? Let me explain before we get started. To put it simply, SCD is a group of inherited disorders where the red blood cells are sickle-shaped and broken down. SCD can’t be developed, and it’s not contagious. These cells are inflexible and can easily cause . This can bring pain and complications...

September 19, 2018 | Kevin A. Kaplan, MD
Why I give my kids the flu shot | Texas Children's Hospital

We’re truly living in remarkable times. Our world has changed dramatically in the past 100 years, and advancements in medicine and technology have not only exceeded our expectations, but also shifted our culture. In 1900, it was commonplace for children to die unexpectedly. In fact, 1 in 3 children died before their first birthday. The leading causes contributing to overall death at the time were pneumonia, influenza, tuberculosis and diarrhea-related illnesses, and 40 percent of these deaths occurred in the most...

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...

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