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May 01, 2019 | Juan L. Benavides, LMSW, Elizabeth Adkins, LMSW
How do I start a conversation on mental health with my kids?
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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...

April 26, 2019 | Forrest Wolfe, Blog Editor
jason finney, jameson finney, sarah finney
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Jason Finney watched his family open gifts together through FaceTime with his wife, Sarah, on Christmas Day in 2017. Jason traveled out of state the day prior to support his father who required breathing assistance from a ventilator at the time.

“Um – Jameson just vomited in the sink,” Sarah mentioned. Their 12-year-old son was feeling under the weather.

Jason suggested sending him off to bed, assuming Jameson’s symptoms might subside with some rest.

Jameson’s condition worsened overnight, worrying his mother. Sarah swiftly took him to a local urgent care facility where the staff...

April 22, 2019 | Ruth Ann Luna, PhD
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Each day during National Autism Awareness Month we’re exposed to various facts and figures regarding autism, along with endless “feel good” success stories to spread. Sensory-friendly events are often abound, many of them targeting preschool-aged children who need the lights dimmed or sound lowered to enjoy various community activities. Lurking in the shadows of awareness is the reality behind severe autism. There is a tremendous range of symptoms within the autism spectrum, and with that in mind,...

April 19, 2019 | Daren Molina, MD
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Your son or daughter wants to start a weight training program. Where do you start? How do you help them to be successful and safe? Is it OK for them to be lifting weights at all? Are they too young? What if they’re still growing? All of these are common questions asked by parents of children we see in our Sports Medicine Program here at Texas Children’s Hospital.  

There are several things to consider when helping your young athlete start a weight training program.

  • Make sure they are old enough to follow instruction well.
  • Set a...
April 17, 2019 | Bruno Pedro Chumpitazi, MD, MPH
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Food affects our bodies. For the vast majority of us this is positive, giving us energy and fuel throughout our day. But it can also be negative, for example if we have an intolerance (non-allergic response) to certain foods. A classic example of a food-related intolerance would be lactose intolerance – where one may develop abdominal pain, bloating and gas after drinking/eating dairy products. 

Does diet matter in children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?