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October 10, 2019 | Maryann Tholany, MD, FAAPTexas Children's Pediatrics



It is time to pick a pediatrician and some of your friends have mentioned interviewing their pediatricians or attending prenatal visits. So I guess you might as well meet a few yourself and see how it goes, but then you wonder, "What kind of things do I even look for or ask about?" I have been doing prenatal visits and interviews for almost 10 years now and these are some of the questions I have been asked: 

October 07, 2019 | Jose Martinez, patient's dad

From the outside looking in, Joanna appeared like any other little girl – energetic and full of life! Sure, she and her twin were born prematurely at 27 weeks, but she was just fine otherwise.

"She weighed 1/2 pound when she was born," Jose recalled about his daughter. "She could fit in the palm of my hand."

Joanna was a healthy kid who hit all of her milestones, that is until she turned 2. Everything changed for Jose's family when Joanna began to show flu-like symptoms. She'd contracted the H1N1 virus and was being treated at a hospital in the family's hometown of Mission, Texas.

At first the doctors could not figure...

October 02, 2019 | Aubrey Meissnest, MS, PA-C
Pet safety at Texas Children's Hospital

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Our canine friends are a great source of joy and companionship the majority of the time. In fact, dogs are one of the most common domesticated animals with more than 58 million families reporting they own a dog. Our species have bonded since the early ages and we developed a loving relationship with our furry friends. 

Even if your family doesn’t own a dog, your child will likely have some type of interaction with dogs. The assimilation of canines into more than half of U.S. households also creates opportunities for dog bite...

September 26, 2019 | Jill Schulten, M.Ed., MCMSc, ATC, PA-C
Macromastia at Texas Children's Hospital

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What is adolescent macromastia?

Adolescent macromastia is the continuous overgrowth of breast tissue that begins and continues throughout puberty. Although there are several theories as to what causes this condition, there is insufficient data to identify a singular cause.

What are the signs and symptoms of macromastia?

Physical signs and symptoms of macromastia include:

  • Shoulder grooving from bra straps
  • Pain in the shoulders, neck and back
  • Skin...
September 23, 2019 | Tien Pham, APRN, CPNP-AC, Jessie Marcet-Gonzalez, CPNP, Yi-Chun Carol Liu, MD
Ear Molding Service at Texas Children’s Hospital

What is auricular (ear) deformation?

When infants are born with an irregular ear shape, they are said to have congenital auricular deformity. This can range from auricular malformation (no missing tissue, just an abnormally shaped ear) to microtia (external ears are not fully developed).

Auricular malformation can range from shape abnormalities where the top rim of the ear (helical rim) is either folded over, wrinkled or tight -- such as lop, cup or prominent ears.

The causes are not fully defined, but some possible factors include constriction of blood supply to the baby’s ear during fetal development,...