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July 18, 2019 | Charlotte Peeters, MPAS, PA-C, Pediatric Surgery Physician Assistant Fellow
Undescended Testicles


What is an undescended testicle (UDT)?

 An undescended testicle, also known as cryptorchidism, is when a child’s testicle has not made its way down into the scrotum but stopped somewhere along the way. UDT is the most common congenital abnormality of the genitourinary tract.

Most baby boys will have both testicles in the scrotum at birth. Occasionally, one or both testicles will not have descended within the scrotum at birth. The newborn incidence of UDT is 3-5% (15% of which are bilateral). Newborns who were born premature and have a low birth weight are at a higher risk. Within this population of premature...

July 16, 2019 | Amy K. Taylor, PA-C, Ronald Jason Vilela, MD
Pediatric choking prevention
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Over 12,000 children go to the ER for choking emergencies in the U.S. yearly. Parents should be aware, children ages 6 months to 3 years old are at the highest risk for choking. Small, round and cylindrical objects are the most common choking hazards.

Any household item that can be passed through an empty toilet paper roll is considered a choking hazard. So, for your child’s safety, it’s important to educate yourself about choking. 

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July 11, 2019 | Renata Souza Maricevich, MD
Social media | Texas Children's Hospital
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As a craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon, my routine is to come up with different ways of making children and adolescents look and feel better, to facilitate their social insertion. I am a big advocate of beauty and elegance but, first and foremost, health.

There are well-known diagnoses, such as body dysmorphic disorder, in which a person’s slight flaw is perceived as a significant and prominent problem, often causing severe emotional distress.

But now, more than ever, I have been very worried about the increasing number of...

July 09, 2019 | Shraddha S. Mukerji, MD, FACS
Checking breath | Texas Children's Hospital
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You’re probably quick to detect a whiff of bad breath, especially when it’s coming from your own mouth. The smell might also be difficult to ignore if it’s coming from someone you’re in close contact with, such as a partner or child.

It’s undoubtedly a common occurrence; bad breath is estimated to affect 1 in 4 people across the globe. It can also be a source of worry and embarrassment. However, if your child is persistently experiencing bad breath – or halitosis – it’s important to investigate what’s causing it.

July 05, 2019 | Kevin A. Kaplan, MD
Bed wetting | Texas Children's Hospital
What you need to know about nocturnal enuresis
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Nocturnal enuresis, or bed wetting at night, is a common problem for children. Most of...