Does Thickened Formula Help Reflux?

It’s a timeless recommendation for the spitting baby: put cereal in the bottle and hope to God that things improve. And as a tummy doc in America’s largest children’s hospital, I can attest to the fact that most parents have tried this by the time they reach my clinic. Few, however, report glowing results.

But that’s just me and my simple observation.

But is there any evidence of the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of cereal to the baby with reflux? A group of Polish pediatricians performed what we in the business call a ‘meta-analysis’. Essentially what they did was to take all of the research on thickened formula done in recent years and put it together into something of a survey of surveys.

And here’s what they found:

  • Cereal added to formula slightly reduces the daily number of Full Entry »
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Challenges Of Culture — Approval From Elders

culture-approval-from-eldersCulture provides an anchor for people, but it also can present challenges to the care of children.

In Botswana, elders are respected and parents often need their approval for a large variety of things, including, sometimes, allowing doctors to treat their own children.

All of us who work here have multiple stories of a child’s treatment being delayed or abandoned because it was the will of the grandparent or another elder.

Obviously, American culture is drastically different from this, and there are a lot of advantages to keeping grandparents involved. However, while they certainly have the Full Entry »

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NASA Astronauts Visit Cancer Patients

Young-Girl-With-AstronautWith Tuesday’s launch of the second-to-last space shuttle, I found myself thinking about my friends at NASA and what the future holds for them. NASA has a great group of people; I know this from the regular visits they make to the Cancer and Hematology Center as parts of the Arts in Medicine program.

Visits from NASA Johnson Space Center are some of my favorites of the year. They bring so many fun and interesting things for our patients and their siblings to see and do; they appeal to our young patients and spark the interest of our teens and parents as well.

As part of the Arts in Medicine visiting artist series, NASA brings crafts and creates lasting memories in our patient clinic waiting area.

Each child can create a “Flat Stanley” astronaut that they can tether to themselves Full Entry »

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How To Keep Children Safe In Cars

Mother-putting-daughter-in-car-seatWhen I first earned my driver’s license almost 2 decades ago, I was anxious to get behind the wheel, as most teenagers are. I begged my parents to let me drive, no matter where we were going. I reminded them that I was a responsible honors student who never got in trouble, and then my mom said the most annoying thing to me… “It’s not you that we don’t trust, it’s everyone else.”

If I only knew then what I know now! My mom was actually trying to protect me! Let’s face it… we’ve all seen distracted drivers, unrestrained passengers, and near-misses that make us cringe. Despite this, we still get behind the wheel on a daily basis and hope for the best.

Most motor vehicle crashes are preventable, as are the injuries and deaths that result from them. While we can’t control other drivers, we can control the Full Entry »

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Texas Children’s Ranked Among Best Children’s Hospitals In U.S.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases its list of Best Children’s Hospitals, which names the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals based on a combination of surveys, research and data gathering.

I’m thrilled to share that the rankings were released this morning, and Texas Children’s Hospital has again been named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals.

We’re #1 in Houston. We’re #1 in Texas.

One of only 11 hospitals in the nation to achieve the Honor Roll designation, Texas Children’s is the only hospital in Texas — and the entire southern region of the U.S. — awarded this distinction.

Here’s a closer look at how we ranked in each category:

For Texas Children’s Hospital and our academic partner Baylor College of Medicine, it’s a tremendous honor to receive such high accolades. These rankings reflect Full Entry »

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