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October 13, 2017 | Jorge Emilio Gomez, MD

The Sports Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Hospital treats young athletes with concussions according to the latest scientific guidelines. Before 1998, there were no official guidelines agreed upon by most sports medicine doctors about how to treat concussions. Since then, a group of the world’s leading experts on sports concussion have met approximately every four years to review all the scientific studies on sports concussion and write guidelines on how to treat athletes with concussions. The latest guidelines from the group’s meeting in Berlin, in November 2016, were published earlier this year. These latest guidelines include some...

October 12, 2017 | Elizabeth "Raine" Johnson

Babysitting is a huge and exciting responsibility. As a pediatrician I often get asked for advice when a teen is getting ready for his or her first babysitting job. Here is a list of my “babysitting do’s and don’ts.”

Babysitting do’s

  • Your first priority is keeping the kids safe. It’s important to know the home address and home phone number. Make sure you have a list of emergency numbers including: 
    • Parents name, phone number 
    • Back up adult in the event parents are unreachable 
    • 911 
    • Poison control...
October 10, 2017 | Charles G. Macias, MD, MPH

Last month was Sepsis Awareness Month and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched an educational campaign aimed at informing and protecting us from the devastating effects of sepsis. The Get Ahead of Sepsis initiative emphasizes the importance of early sepsis recognition and treatment, as well as encouraging infection prevention in order to eliminate the development of sepsis. 

What is Sepsis? 

Anyone can be susceptible to sepsis. It develops when an untreated or insufficiently treated infection lingers and triggers an extreme response throughout the body. Without timely treatment, sepsis can be...

October 09, 2017 | Texas Children's PAs

Happy Physician Assistant (PA) Week! There are more than 100 PAs who work at Texas Children’s Hospital. From Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Urgent Care, to the emergency centers, to our operating rooms, chances are you’ll run into one of us during your time here at Texas Children’s. Below are some frequently asked questions about PAs answered by myself and fellow colleagues.

What is a PA?

PAs are nationally-licensed medical professionals who are able to practice medicine under a supervising physician. Training includes both PA school, which last two to three years on average, and on-the-job training after...

October 06, 2017 | Sarah Herbek, animal assisted therapy coordinator

A year ago, if you had told me a dog’s presence could make a father cry because it brought a smile to his child’s face for the first time in two weeks, I would have thought you were exaggerating. 

A year ago, if you would have told me a dog could motivate a child in the pediatric intensive care (PICU) unit to stand up for the first time after surgery when nothing else worked, I would have been skeptical. 

A year ago, if you would have told me a mother would say she truly believed her child made it out of the PICU because each day they looked forward to a daily dose of unconditional love from a dog, I wouldn’t have been so sure...