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E.g., 11/2018
September 12, 2018 | Dinah Godwin, LCSW, Jennifer Cervantes, LMSW
To the anxious parent in each of us | Texas Children's Hospital
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I’m sitting at my desk, and I can feel my blood pressure start to rise as my legs begin shaking. I swipe back and forth vigorously on my phone, hoping a text message will appear with every stroke of my finger.

It’s 9:03 p.m. “He was supposed to call me three minutes ago,” I think to myself. The rational side of me tries to become the voice of reason. “It’s fine – he probably stopped to take a break because it’s so hot outside, or maybe he just forgot to text me when he got home.”

On the other hand, my...

September 10, 2018 | Laurel Lyn Williams, DO
Talking with teenagers about suicide in the media | Texas Children's Hospital
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I get a lot of questions regarding heightened exposure to incidents involving suicide, primarily from caregivers of teenagers and young adolescents. In today’s world, our young ones have more access to constant news coverage and limitless amounts of digital media content (films, series, video games, etc.) than ever before.

How do we help teenagers process what they’re seeing and hearing about suicide without frightening them or sensationalizing the subject?

It would be difficult to...

September 07, 2018 | Jennifer Rainey, mother of patient
Lilly's story | Texas Children's Hospital
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We were given Lilly’s diagnosis over the phone, as we were on our way home from the CT scan of her brain. We were finally told she had Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) – after over a year of chasing the cause behind numerous ear infections, incurable rashes and an unquenchable thirst. This mouthful of words meant nothing to me. Nonetheless, it was an answer. Lilly was only 2 years old, and we were scared to death.

Lilly checked into Texas Children’s Cancer and...

September 05, 2018 | Radha Desarazu, CPNP
Why daily routines and good sleep habits matter | Texas Children's Hospital
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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I’m reminded of a back-to-school commercial in which the father is ecstatically shopping for school supplies while this song is playing in the background. As we enter a new school year, now is a good time to establish or reestablish daily routines and healthy sleep habits. A new school year can be a stressful time for both parents and children.

Children adjust to changes more effectively when their daily routines are predictable and steady. Parents can discuss routines...

September 04, 2018 | Courtney Lee, RDN, CSO, LD, CNSC
Probiotics - What are the benefits? | Texas Children's Hospital
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If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard of probiotics by now and wondered if they might be a good fit for you and/or your child. What are probiotics? Can they really improve your digestive system? These are just a few of the common questions I get from parents when it comes to these bacteria.

That’s right – probiotics are bacteria. Before you panic, let’s break this down and figure out what the hype is all about.

Probiotics are foods or supplements containing live microorganisms (the “good” bacteria)...

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