Many babies born prematurely have trouble eating because of swallowing difficulties, making new moms anxious during bottle feeding or breastfeeding. To better diagnose feeding issues, clinicians in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas developed an innovative new way to assess swallowing in the hospital’s tiniest patients, giving new … Continue reading New technology detects critical feeding problems in preemies
For Wade Whitney, 10, it was a rite of spring to be hospitalized because of allergy-induced asthma. However, 2016 marked the first time in three years that rite was annulled. What made the difference? Camp Wheeze Away at Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, 20 miles south of Killeen, an annual camp sponsored by Baylor Scott & … Continue reading Camp Wheeze Away eases asthma
Ever since he can remember, 15-year-old Camden Thrailkill has been passionate about baseball and football. The high school freshman from Denton, Texas spends his days outside of the classroom honing his athletic skills as a member of his school’s football and baseball teams. Year-round, the athlete dedicates endless hours to working out. It’s the never-ending … Continue reading Robotic heart surgery saves the life of teenage athlete
My identical twin sister, Anh, and I were born one minute apart from each other on June 18, 1999, at 29 weeks after my mom had an emergency cesarean section (C-section). We had to be delivered right away because of my “stuck twin” syndrome. Anh weighed 4 pounds and 2 ounces and had surgery to … Continue reading Pursuing a career in medicine after lives saved as premature twins
Every fall, communities, parents and students are filled with exhilaration when their high school football team takes the field. We all believe, hope and dream that our team will be the state champion. As an employee of Rockdale ISD in Rockdale, Texas, Jeff Miller is part of this excitement and plays the role of athletic … Continue reading Gold Out: How Texas high school football and pediatric cancer research became teammates
Here’s what all parents need to know about safe infant sleep environments… According to a study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics journal Pediatrics in August 2016, the majority of parents are not placing their infants in safe sleeping positions. While this study is shining light on safe infant sleep practices, it’s important to … Continue reading Are you putting your baby to sleep safely?
What started out as a routine doctor visit for one mother soon turned into a race against time. Alicia Barlow, who had only been in the Central Texas area for about four months, was excited about having her baby. That excitement, quickly turned to panic when doctors noticed during a sonogram that the baby’s heart rate had … Continue reading From routine to a race against time
They were expecting their first baby. She was busy painting and prepping the nursery, when something unusual happened at 24 weeks. Fara Goodwyn of College Station, Texas, started experiencing some lower back pain and noticed she was leaking fluid. Because this was before any prenatal classes, she was unaware that these were potentially the early signs … Continue reading From 26 weeks to 18 years, Ras Goodwyn celebrates life
You know what happens when you don’t get enough sleep: You’re less sharp and more irritable, and your reaction times slow. That’s because sleep is essential to our mental and physical health. Well, it’s vital for children, too. It’s very important that children get the right amount of sleep at night. The younger the child, … Continue reading Sleep recommendations by age: Is your child getting enough ZzZz’s?
If ever you’ve forgotten your cell phone, you may forget your child in the back seat. Our minds are powerful. We can prioritize things of importance, multitask remarkably well and process thousands of daily tasks. But for some, a simple act of forgetting can turn deadly. An otherwise normal day can turn tragic, and the … Continue reading Protecting kids from heatstroke and heat exhaustion