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August 29, 2017 | Julie Kaplow, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Director of the Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children’s Hospital

This blog is available in Spanish and Portuguese below. 


Hurricanes are generally predictable, which allows more time to prepare. This period of time can be stressful for kids as they watch their caregivers (often frantically) stock up on food, water, batteries, etc. The anxiety caregivers often experience during this time can be contagious, so it is helpful for them to monitor their own coping strategies when attempting to help their children. Children will frequently turn to the adults in their lives for information, and younger children in particular may have questions about what is happening around them....

(Spanish) Consejos para ayudar a los niños a hacer frente a los huracanes, tormentas y sus consecuencias


Huracanes son generalmente previsibles, lo que permite más tiempo para las preparaciones. Este período de tiempo puede ser estresante para niños a medida que observan as sus proveedores de cuidados (muchas veces desesperadamente) abastecerse de comida, agua, baterías y las demás provisiones necesarias. La ansiedad que a menudo experimentan los proveedores de cuidados puede ser contagiosa, por eso es útil que ellos estén atentos a sus propias estrategias de afrontamiento para ayudar a sus niños...


(Portuguese) Dicas para ajudar as crianças lidar com furacões, tempestades e suas consequências  


Os furacões são geralmente previsíveis, o que proporciona mais tempo para as pessoas fazerem preparativos. Esse período pode ser estressante para as crianças, ao observarem os seus cuidadores (muitas vezes desesperadamente) adquirindo reservas de comida, água, baterias, etc. A ansiedade que os cuidadores muitas vezes sentem pode ser contagiosa, por isso é importante que eles estejam atentos às suas próprias estratégias de enfrentamento ao estresse para ajudar às suas crianças. As crianças...

August 24, 2017 | Texas Children's Hospital

Hurricanes are defined as a storm with violent wind. For a storm to be classified as a hurricane, it has to have sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or more.

We want you and your family to stay safe, so we’re sharing some important tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Preparing for a hurricane

  • Have a week’s supple of food and water at your home.
  • Check all windows, glass doors and garage doors. Install protection if needed.
  • If you live in an area prone to flooding, make sure to follow flood preparedness precautions.

What to do during a...

August 24, 2017 | James J. Riviello, MD

Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder in the U.S. and approximately 750,000 children have seizures or epilepsy. 

The Texas Children's Epilepsy Center has been recognized as a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy, which means it provides the highest level of evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. The Epilepsy Center houses a 12-bed monitoring unit designed to monitor patients experiencing seizures over a 2-7 day period of time. Comprehensive treatment options including current and investigational medications, diet recommendations and surgical procedures are all provided...

August 22, 2017 | Kristin M. Ernest, MD

Football season is almost here and many young athletes have already started training! For some, especially in Texas, this is one of the most exciting times of the year. But is football really safe? 

Football recently attracted concern from parents after the results of recent studies pointed to high intensity contact sports as a direct link to a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is caused by repetitive trauma to the head. Due to the nature of contact sports, like football, players experience blows to the head on a regular basis. As a result, many parents question whether or not their...

August 21, 2017 | Kian Shah, patient

I was born with a rare liver disease and at 9 months old had a liver transplant. You can read more about my journey here.

A few weeks ago, I took part in my second World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain. It was great to see so many of my old transplant friends and I was able to make new ones too. I feel at home when I am surrounded by people who have gone through a similar path as me. They just get the daily struggles I have and it’s fun to compare scars. 

The games are about celebrating my second chance and a way to...