For teen with hidden heart condition, annual physical a lifesaver

For 14-year-old Cain Porter, few things in life were more important than being active. From football and soccer to karate, track and cross country, he did it all — until an abnormal heartbeat during his annual physical before Boy Scout camp raised a red flag. During further stress tests, his heart began beating 50 percent … Continue reading For teen with hidden heart condition, annual physical a lifesaver

Meet Lorenzo, the new facility dog at McLane Children’s

A new four-legged friend now walks the halls and the campus of Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center — Lorenzo, the hospital’s new facility dog. Lorenzo, a two-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, is the first Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) highly trained assistance dog to serve in a Texas-based children’s hospital. After extensive training and … Continue reading Meet Lorenzo, the new facility dog at McLane Children’s

How to help your child keep a healthy sleep schedule over school breaks

Any break from school is time reserved for rest and recuperation from daily school routines. However, abrupt changes in sleep habits can leave both you and your child stressed instead of refreshed, and sleep deprivation can affect your child’s school performance. For extended breaks, parents should pay careful attention to their children’s sleep patterns and … Continue reading How to help your child keep a healthy sleep schedule over school breaks

Is your child specializing in a sport too soon?

In recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in early sports specialization for young athletes — kids seem to be settling on a single sport at younger and younger ages. With the increased availability of competitive travel leagues and tournaments, and frequent sports exposure in the media, young athletes are often encouraged to undergo … Continue reading Is your child specializing in a sport too soon?

For a baby in the NICU, parent’s voice is the best medicine

The day your child is born should be the happiest day of your life. But for some new parents, it quickly becomes a nightmare when they find themselves in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With its tight security, beeping monitors and lines of incubators, the NICU can be an intimidating place, and it’s one … Continue reading For a baby in the NICU, parent’s voice is the best medicine

The alarming health crisis on the rise in today’s teens

There’s a growing health problem among adolescents, one I’ve decided to call “Busy Kid Syndrome.” It’s exactly what it sounds like — when kids’ schedules get so busy with schoolwork and extracurricular activities that they neglect their health. It looks something like this: A 16-year-old boy stays up late doing homework for his advanced classes … Continue reading The alarming health crisis on the rise in today’s teens

How one teen is beating cancer odds and achieving her dream

What should have been a normal PSAT for 16-year-old Kenzie Kelley turned out to be much more — a persistent nosebleed during the test would be her first sign of leukemia. “They brought me to the nurse’s office and my nose was still bleeding,” Kenzie said. Nothing would stop the bleeding. That’s when she began … Continue reading How one teen is beating cancer odds and achieving her dream

Mom and baby skin-to-skin care reduces NICU admissions for hypoglycemia

Parents and researchers alike often talk about the benefits of mother’s skin-to-skin contact with infants. It’s a practice performed soon after birth that carries sensations of security and comfort to which infants naturally respond. New research from experts at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney is now taking what’s known about skin-to-skin contact … Continue reading Mom and baby skin-to-skin care reduces NICU admissions for hypoglycemia