During, and soon after, the recent hurricane, patients arrived at our pediatric emergency center with a variety of concerns and symptoms. As children, families and communities continue to recover, and as access to some pediatricians’ offices and urgent care clinics remain limited (by their location/hours), I thought I’d review the causes, signs, symptoms and treatment options of some of the more common childhood illnesses and injuries we have recently seen and treated at Texas Children’s emergency centers.
While riding out the storm at Texas Children’s West Campus emergency center, I evaluated and treated quite a few children with...
Grace Abraham is a 19-year-old survivor of osteosarcoma, a malignant bone cancer. All cancer journeys are unique, but her story is unlikely to be duplicated. Two years ago, Grace had the opportunity to visit the University of Nebraska on an exchange program from her home in Botswana. What started as the adventure of a lifetime took a dire turn.
In her own words:
What had been a nice day immediately turned sour upon hearing these words, ''The Chief Radiologist in the area has viewed the images we took this morning; he...
Food allergies have been a growing concern for many years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food allergies amongst children has increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. About 1 in 13 children have a food allergy. That is roughly two kids in each classroom.
Many food-allergic kids and individuals can tell you how having an allergy has negatively impacted their lives and resulted in their exclusion from everyday activities that most take for granted (going to restaurants, sleepovers, eating with friends, etc.). You would never think having food allergies could be empowering.
As we recover from the damage caused by the recent hurricane, safety needs to be top of mind. We want to avoid the heartbreak of more injury and death from failing to pay attention to basic safety issues as we repair and rebuild. Injury and death can occur from electrocution, carbon monoxide and other poisoning, infections and accidents.
Experts from the American Thoracic Society have provided the following advice for when you reenter a flooded home:
1. Turn off your electricity and gas to avoid shock,...
We know this is a stressful time for many families, especially for those with health conditions. Below we have provided resources for families during this difficult time.
Donated insulins were shipped to Direct Relief International (DRI) as part of their hurricane preparedness program. Insulin will be distributed through DRI.
- Contact the Lilly Answers Center at 1-800-545-5979
- Many insurance plans have disaster overrides that allow you to replace your destroyed medicine for the cost of a co-pay. If you don’t have a disaster override, Lilly will provide you with a new 30-day supply at...