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April 20, 2021 | Robert F. Dempsey, MD, FACS, FAAP

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As a board-certified pediatric plastic surgeon at Texas Children’s, it is a privilege to serve my patients and their families in the same hospital where I received my fellowship training in pediatric craniofacial surgery. While there are many subspecialties in plastic surgery, my focus is the treatment and surgical correction of cleft lip and palate anomalies, and craniofacial abnormalities in children and adolescents.

At a very young age, I always knew I wanted to become a surgeon, but it wasn’t until my undergraduate years as a biomedical engineering college...

April 16, 2021 | Rachel H. Fein, PhD, BCBA, Leandra N. Berry, PhD, Robin P. Kochel, PhD, Elizabeth Klinepeter, PhD, BCBA

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication and interaction, as well as restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 54 children in the U.S. has ASD. Over the years, many organizations have advocated for the month of April to be designated as Autism Awareness Month.

With this advocacy effort, ASD has received quite a bit of media...

April 14, 2021 | Shelly Nalbone, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC, Jinae Spear, MMS, PA-C

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It’s 4 a.m. and you’ve been up with your baby every two hours – all night long! In the morning, you are exhausted! You may ask, “Is my baby ever going to sleep through the night?” Parents all around the world have struggled to get their babies to fall asleep peacefully and to stay asleep at night. Many will turn to co-sleeping, sleep coaches or sleep training to help their little ones get to sleep.

What is sleep training?

Sleep training is a term used to describe different ways we help babies learn to fall asleep by themselves. Fading, pick up/put down, cry it out...

April 07, 2021 | Barbra Novak, PhD, Ronald Jason Vilela, MD

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Nearly two out of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. each year have some form of hearing loss. Hearing loss can impact a baby’s ability to develop speech, language and social skills. That’s why early detection and treatment for hearing loss are important for your baby’s overall health and development.

Every baby born at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women® receives a newborn hearing screening prior to hospital discharge so hearing loss can be identified and treated as soon as possible. This test is required by the state of Texas as part of its universal newborn hearing screening program...

April 05, 2021 | Diana Harter, MSN, RN, Assistant Clinical Director, Transplant Services

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Every 10 minutes, another patient is added to the national registry to wait for a life-saving transplant. Current statistics paint a vivid picture revealing the demand for donor organs far exceeding the supply. In 2020 alone, more than 39,000 transplants were performed in the United States. While 2020 proved to be a record year in terms of volume, there continue to be more than 100,000 people waiting for the priceless gift of organ donation.    

I was introduced to the world of transplant in Texas Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) as a bedside nurse. It was there that I...