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December 10, 2020 | Taryn Schuelke, CCLS, CPMT

When a child is diagnosed with a serious, life-limiting illness or has a complex medical condition requiring long-term care and treatment, facing this reality can be tough for patients and their families.

Whether it’s helping families understand their child’s illness and treatment options, coordinating their child’s inpatient, outpatient or in-home care, or assisting patients with pain management and other challenging symptoms that often accompany serious illnesses – emotional, psychological and spiritual distress – Texas Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) is ready to support them 24/7.

Our interdisciplinary team...

December 07, 2020 | Cathleen Morita

For Cathleen Morita, Mother’s Day weekend in 2003 sparked the first day of an amazing journey. It was the day her son, Chase, quietly came into this world. Soon after his birth, Cathleen waited patiently for a cry or even just a little sound from Chase. When large amounts of fluid were being aspirated from his lungs, Cathleen knew something was wrong – some call it a mother’s intuition.

“When I held Chase for the first time, he felt really floppy,” Cathleen said. “As a newborn, he slept a lot and didn’t cry when he was hungry. After he was fed, he couldn’t hold fluids down – it would come out of his nose and had to be aspirated at the...

December 04, 2020 | Beverly P. Lee, MD, MPH

If you close your eyes and pause for a moment, can you recall what you dreamed of becoming when you were a young child? As children, many people imagine growing up to have careers as firefighters, painters, doctors, dancers, astronauts – the sky is the limit, as the saying goes. How many people, however, actually go on to pursue those early aspirations?

From an early age, Dr. Beverly Lee knew she wanted to study medicine. “I knew pretty quickly pediatrics was for me. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” she said.

After attending Michael...

December 02, 2020 | Shelly Nalbone, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC
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2020 has been a challenging year and many of us are looking forward to the cheer the holidays bring. Now that the fall semester of school is winding down, kids may be inclined to hang out in their rooms, watch TV or play on electronic devices. As parents, we know kids had plenty of that with the extended Spring Break and summer this year! Below are some ways to keep children’s minds and bodies engaged in learning while having fun and bonding as a family this holiday season.

Holiday decorating

It is important to...

November 30, 2020 | Beth H. Garland, PhD, Ashley Michelle Butler, PhD

In the wake of heightened racial tension and focus on the differences among us, we are left wondering how we can help our children adjust well and make sense of how race and other differences operate in our world. The Collaborative on Racial Equity and Inclusion for Black Youth (REI-BY) was established at Texas Children’s Hospital in June 2020 to support youth and their families in light of these circumstances. In collaboration with the hospital’s Child Life department, we created a virtual book reading and Q&A session with the author of “I’m Gonna Push...

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