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May 12, 2021 | Julie A. Boom, MD

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As we move closer to the end of the school year, many parents are wondering what summer might look like for their children who haven’t been old enough to receive the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

Today, steps were taken to ease some of those concerns and protect a larger group of adolescents as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds. On May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization the vaccine to include this age group. Previously, the vaccine...

May 11, 2021 | Abby C. Johnson, MD, FAAP

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Whether you’re returning to work after maternity leave, building up your freezer supply or you’re an “exclusive pumper,” it’s hard to escape pumping for the breastfeeding mom. You’ve probably struggled to figure out which pump to use. And recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its recommendations on breast pump cleaning and how to store your breast milk safely for your newborn.

First off, let’s address the “why” behind this. It’s NOT because doctors like to make life harder for moms and get everyone to wash their hands and equipment a thousand times a day....

May 06, 2021 | Jennifer Franklin, Ambulatory Services Representative, Texas Children’s Cancer Center

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I’ve worked at Texas Children’s Cancer Center for 22 years. My current role is an ambulatory services representative. Whether it’s greeting our patient families when they first come in or helping them schedule their next appointment, I enjoy seeing our patients’ smiling faces and the resilience and positive spirit that accompanies them.

Many of our patients are immunocompromised, making it difficult for their weakened immune systems to fight off infections and viruses. As we continue to face the COVID-19 global pandemic, I recently took a proactive step to protect myself, my family...

May 03, 2021 | Thomas P. Fogarty III, MD, FAAP

Photo of Levi courtesy of Gregg and Isabel Schreier

As part of the pediatric critical care medicine team at Texas Children’s, I understand how stressful and difficult it can be for parents to see their critically ill child in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Every day, we treat many patients who have life-threatening conditions, either due to medical illness or injury.

As one of the largest, busiest and highest acuity critical care services in the country, more than 6,000 children are admitted to Texas Children’s Intensive Care Units (ICUs) each year. When treating these critically ill patients, it’s my...

April 28, 2021 | Kaitlyn Weightman

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For 17-year-old Kaitlyn Weightman, after-school sports have always been a huge part of her life since she was a young child. But no sport – not even softball – compares to her love for swimming.

“When I was 5, I was a softball player,” Kaitlyn said. “I did that for a few years, and then one summer, I got really bored with softball. My mom was like, “Let’s try swimming.” At first, I wasn’t sure about it, and then I realized how much I enjoyed the sport. From ages 6 to 13, I participated in a summer league swim team. When I turned 12, I joined a year-round aquatic club where I continue...

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