August 15, 2018 | Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, MD
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.
It’s typical for children and adolescents to fall back into unregulated sleep...
August 13, 2018 | Samira Armin, MD, FAAP
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
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...
August 08, 2018 | Samantha J. Lemelle, AuD, CCC-A
If your baby was born sometime in the last 13 years, he/she most likely received a hearing screening prior to hospital discharge. Every state has established a universal newborn hearing screening program as of 2005, and Texas established its program in 1999.
What’s a newborn hearing screening?
Your baby’s first hearing screening is usually completed before leaving the hospital after delivery. If your baby was born at home or at a birthing center, ask your pediatrician about obtaining a...
August 06, 2018 | Juan L. Benavides, LMSW, Elizabeth Adkins, LMSW
Much of today’s youth are subject to topics around mental health. It’s unavoidable – these discussions fill our news feeds, our schools, our communities and sometimes our own families. This is often a touchy subject, and many caregivers express discomfort and timidity in finding ways to talk about such heavy feelings and emotions with younger children. However, research shows there is no specific age or timeline for these discussions. Some even say the sooner we talk about mental health, the more informed our children...