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  • Published August 30, 2016

    Facts about the Zika Virus

    Many Americans are woefully misinformed when it comes to understanding the risks of Zika virus, a Harvard poll has found, and a Driscoll Children’s Hospital physician wants South Texas to remain alert to the possible dangers of the virus. A lot of U.S. residents aren’t armed with accurate information … Read More
  • Published June 17, 2016

    Understanding craniofacial anomalies

    Perhaps you’ve met someone who had cleft lip surgery as a child. While cleft lip and cleft palate are the most common craniofacial anomalies seen at birth, there are many other types of deformities in the growth of the head and facial bones. These abnormalities are congenital, or present at … Read More
  • Published April 20, 2016

    Occupational therapy gives children tools to grow

    Brother and sister reading a book together. Children learn and grow by doing. The occupation of a child is made up of regular, daily activities such as playing, learning, sleeping, interacting with family and friends, getting dressed, feeding themselves, and so much more. Does my child need occupational therapy? A child … Read More
  • Published April 8, 2016

    Free course offers help with gestational diabetes

    Texas A&M Healthy South Texas and Driscoll Health System will offer a free, two-hour course called “Controlling Your Gestational Diabetes.” Led by Ryan Loftin, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and director of Driscoll Health System Maternal Fetal Medicine, the course will teach participants about what gestational diabetes is and … Read More
  • Published April 7, 2016

    Adolescents and diabetes mellitus

    What is diabetes mellitus? Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder, a problem with how the body uses food. It is characterized by a failure to secrete enough insulin, or the inability to use insulin. Because insulin is needed by the body to convert glucose into energy, these failures result in excessively high levels of … Read More
  • Published March 10, 2016

    Play is important for your child’s development

    Play is a very important part of development for your growing child. Not only is playtime entertaining for your child, but it also provides stimulation, increases skills and coordination, provides an outlet for your child’s energy, and helps to encourage exploration by your child. Play is also important for the … Read More
  • Published February 24, 2016

    Diagnosing kidney disorders in children

    The kidneys play a critical role in the body. As the body’s filtering system, they help control fluid levels and eliminate wastes through urine. They also help regulate blood pressure, red blood cell production and the levels of calcium and minerals. “Sometimes the kidneys don’t develop properly and, as a result, … Read More
  • Published February 5, 2016

    Outpatient imaging center expands Driscoll services

    Driscoll Children’s Imaging Center, offering diagnostic X-ray, ultrasound and MRI exams, opened its doors to patients on Feb. 2. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located in the same building as Driscoll Children’s Urgent Care at 5945 Saratoga Blvd. “Driscoll Children’s … Read More
  • Published February 2, 2016

    Prevention of heart disease starts in childhood

    Click the image to enlarge. You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not for your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health . . . or a lifetime of heart damage. Some … Read More
  • Published November 25, 2015

    A simple way to keep the flu away

    Seasonal influenza — the flu — is caused by one of several strains of influenza viruses (type A or B) that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The flu makes life miserable for a week or two for many people — and can be deadly for some. Flu season can … Read More
  • Published November 25, 2015

    Preventing household poisonings

    Almost all poisonings happen in the home, and more than half involve children younger than age six. The following steps can help you prevent a poisoning in your home: Never leave small children alone in a room with cleaning, cosmetic or medical products. A child can quickly and easily pull allergy pills … Read More
  • Published August 21, 2015

    Coping with grief and loss

    If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably discovered that many people can’t understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have questions about circumstances you haven’t experienced before. Driscoll Children’s Hospital offers a safe place to … Read More
  • Published August 21, 2015

    A primer for preschooler safety

    How important is safety for preschoolers? Safety for all children is crucial. Knowing basic safety rules as preschoolers is vital. Once your child is up on his/her own two feet, every day is a new adventure. This is an exciting and fun stage of life, yet it has its risks … Read More