So what exactly is eczema?


Your pediatrician has diagnosed an itchy rash on your child as eczema. This is usually a chronic issue, meaning it will last longer than a few days and may flare up then go away. Most children develop this before entering kindergarten, but some can develop eczema later in life. Aside from the skin, eczema usually does not affect or hurt any other part of the body. However, more severe cases can disrupt sleep, affect focus in school, lead to skin infections requiring antibiotic treatment, change the skin color and appearance, and generally make your child miserable. There are many ways to help with the redness and itching: Full Entry »

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Meet the Pediatrician: Dr. Bernadette Haggerty


At Texas Children’s Pediatrics, we understand the importance of feeling completely comfortable with your child’s primary care physician. To help you get to know our pediatrician better, we decided to sit down with them and do a short Q&A. Full Entry »

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Put your best fork forward and choose whole grains

Boy with Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich on Whole Wheat

Set a good example for your children by eating whole grains with meals or as snacks. Grains have three components and they make up the entire seed of a plant. Whole grains are the best choice for your family because they are rich in fiber – which aides in digestion, contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as small amounts of protein. In comparison, a refined grain is processed to remove two of the three components which eliminates most of the health benefits. Although many products now contain “enriched” flour, which may add vitamins back into the refined grain, much of the fiber is never replaced. Since so many of us, especially children, have difficulty reaching our daily fiber goals, eating whole grains can provide the assistance we need to have a diet rich in fiber.

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Becoming a teen volunteer

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During the summer of 2016, I decided I wanted to apply to become a teen volunteer at Texas Children’s Hospital. About five years ago, my sister volunteered as a teen during the summer program and loved it. We like most of the same things, so that was when I knew it was something I wanted to do. At the end of school last year, I remembered and put it in my calendar. I checked weekly for updates until the sign-up came out. Applying was almost a scary process. There were only 25 spots open just to get into the meeting and it did not guarantee you a spot. Luckily, I watched it closely all day and was one of the first ones signed up. The meeting was informational; it taught you the ins and outs of the hospital and what to do in emergency situations. We also selected a few placements that we thought would interest us. After that, we waited about a week to see if we were officially selected to be part of the program. Full Entry »

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Hopeful, not optimistic


On Jan 15, 2009 (which happened to be my 28th birthday), I had my very first ultrasound for my first pregnancy. While scanning me, the doctor turned the screen and asked if I was ready for an instant family. We were having TWINS! Sheer exhilaration and terror filled our veins. Full Entry »

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