Our world changed on June 2, 2015, at 9:28 p.m. when Charlotte Grace Keilty was born six weeks early in Weiden, Germany. Within a couple hours of Charlotte’s arrival, the doctors informed us that they believed Charlotte had Down Syndrome. Although the official test took a week, she exhibited all of the physical traits, including a space between her big and … Continue reading My daughter’s journey with Down Syndrome and Type 1 diabetes
October 8th started as a day like any other. Elizabeth Cardone walked into her son’s room to start getting him up and ready for the day. Corbin and his one-year-old sister had been recovering from a respiratory infection but seemed to be doing better. But to her alarm, when she tried to stand him up … Continue reading Toddler makes miraculous recovery from rare paralyzing disease
Current data indicates that mental health conditions affect at least one in every five children and adolescents, and possibly more than half of people under age 21. If you’re a parent, that might cause you to worry — How do you know if your child has a mental health problem? How can you help them … Continue reading How to talk to your kids about mental health
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
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?
There’s no such thing as a perfect parent. As a parent of young children, I know this all too well. Undoubtedly, we all make mistakes, but the consequences of installing a car seat incorrectly could lead to serious injury and in worst cases, even death. Children don’t come with a handbook — though most wish … Continue reading 6 common car seat safety mistakes you’re probably making
Many parents struggle with what to tell their children about mass tragedies like the recent horrific attacks on Paris. These events can be difficult for adults to process, let alone children and teens with less life experience to draw on. Today is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, an opportunity to recognize the impact that death and … Continue reading How should you talk to your kids about the Paris attacks?
With New Year’s celebrations approaching this week, many young children will be taking part in yet another round of parties centered around food. Even if you’re playing it low key this year, there are likely still platters of Christmas leftovers that your children are continuing to chow down on. In the above “Ask The Expert” video, … Continue reading For New Year’s parties, healthy tips for kids
As a child, I looked forward to going trick or treating. But when I was out there with my dad and sister, the scary costumes others wore and the limits placed on my own sensory abilities sometimes caused stress and anxiety. Many of our costumes had a plastic mask and clothing to wear over regular clothes. The masks had poor … Continue reading 4 Halloween tips for children with sensory disorders
Cuddly little bears make sweet gifts, but they also serve as lifesavers, reminding caregivers to always take a baby or toddler out of the car’s back seat. It can happen to any parent. A hectic morning, an unexpected event or a lapse in judgment can result in a nightmare situation: a child left inside a hot car. In … Continue reading ‘Backseat Buddy’ helps remind parents not to leave young children in the car