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Parent's Survival Guide

Children's Memorial Hermann partnered with Houstonia Magazine to put together a parent's survival guide filled with patient stories, parenting tips and advice from our affiliated physicians. Click on the links below to learn more.

The Parent's Dilemma: When to Take Your Child to the Emergency Room

Emergency_Room_thumbIt happens to all parents eventually, a child suddenly becomes ill, or has an accident, and you call the pediatrician looking for guidance. But the pediatrician is unreachable, or maybe it’s midnight and the doctor’s office is closed. When should you wait till morning and when should you visit the ER?

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Little Patients:
More Than Just Small Adults


It was 6 A.M. on a Summer Morning When it Happened: 3-year-old Max Mullervy, asleep next to his mother, Laura, rolled off the bed.

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Scrub-a-Dub: What's the Best Choice for Clean Hands?

It seems like everywhere you look these days you see hand sanitizer—hanging from kids’ lunchboxes, outside grocery stores, sitting on teachers' desks. It can be very convenient as soap and water isn’t always handy when you’re trying to keep children clean on the go.
But is it the best choice?

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Safe and Sound:
Sleep Apnea in Children

When you think of the typical sufferer of sleep apnea, you might imagine an older gentleman. But the condition strikes all ages.

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Breathe Easier: Monitoring Children's Asthma

According to a recent report from the Houston/Harris County State of Health Committee, 96,000 Harris County children have been diagnosed with asthma. Nationwide, the disease is responsible for a third of hospital admissions among children.

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Two Key Nutrition Tips for Kids of All Sizes

No parents are immune to worrying about whether their children are eating well. A mom and dad might wonder if their overweight child should be on a diet. Parents whose child is of less-than-average weight wonder if they should be concerned.

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ATVs and Your Children: Dangerous Terrain

With all-terrain vehicles increasing in popularity, accidents are also on the rise. In the fiscal year ending in June 2013, the emergency room at Children’s Memorial Hermann treated 112 patients for ATV-related incidents.

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On the Spot:
Melanoma and Children

Most of us associate skin cancer with adults, people who have spent years exposed to the sun. But over the years, Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, director of Pediatric Surgical Oncology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, has witnessed many cases of melanoma in kids.

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The Real Story

When it comes to protecting your children from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, a sure-fire option is, of course, simply staying in the shade. But as any parent knows, that’s easier said than done.

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Moving Back to Houston
for the Twins

Already parents of two, the Agees knew this pregnancy was going to be a little more complicated than the others—but they didn’t yet realize it would mean a move back to Texas.

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How Many to Implant?

Dr. Alfredo Gei, an obstetrician-gynecologist specializing in high-risk pregnancy and affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, knows all too well the complications that come with multiple births.

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Tips for Parents
of Twins

One in four children in the Greater Houston area is born at Memorial Hermann hospital, which offers a full range of services and treats women with all kinds of pregnancies. For those mothers carrying twins, Dr. Kenneth Moise offers the following advice.

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When Glue Fixes a Brain and Saves a Life

Sandy and Mark Lackey hate to think what would have happened to their daughter if the ambulance had not made the long drive to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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