Category: Children’s Health

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Back to school!?!

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

The summer break zipped right by — although it seems to have left the near-100 degree heat behind as a reminder. Area school districts have either started classes or will soon. University Health System teamed up with KSAT and other local partners to provide last-minute vaccinations at the Alamodome earlier today. If you still need back-to-school vaccinations, here’s a handy list of locations and times from San Antonio Metropolitan Health District — including the schedule of University Health System’s healthyUexpress mobile clinic. In honor of families rounding up the kids and scooting them out the door to school, we’re resurrecting …Read More >


Not just a bump on the head

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  rehabilitation

Whether it’s from football, soccer or even cheerleading, the number of concussions in student athletes is on the rise. So, what can you do to protect your kids from getting brain injuries while playing sports? How dangerous are concussions? Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries that are caused by a blow or bump to the head or body resulting in the brain moving back and forth rapidly in the skull. Concussions can have long-term negative health effects including: Memory problems Sleep disturbances Emotional or mood changes Difficulty concentrating or completing tasks And in some cases, especially when multiple concussions occur, …Read More >

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Your kids and meningitis: What you need to know

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

Their backpacks are packed and their pencils are sharpened, but without the meningitis vaccination, your teenager may not be ready for school this fall. What do parents need to know about meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective tissues surrounding the brain and part of the spinal cord. It’s usually caused by a very contagious bacteria or virus. Meningitis can be very serious with long-term negative health effects including: Memory loss Coordination problems or clumsiness Epilepsy/seizures Loss of vision Speech problems Paralysis And in some cases, meningitis can even be deadly. Because meningitis is so contagious, it’s important that …Read More >

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The risk of opting out

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

It’s a growing trend that worries doctors, educators and public health officials — parents declining to vaccinate their children. Vaccine refusal rates have been on the rise in Texas. The number of unvaccinated children has reached an alarming 45,000-plus, putting them — and others around them — at risk for several serious diseases, including diphtheria and measles, experts warn. And the trend line is getting steeper. “We have seen a nearly 20-fold increase in the past 10 to 15 years,” said Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst, a UT Health San Antonio pediatrician. “It’s one of the public health concerns that I …Read More >

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When baby won’t wait

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  Pregnancy

A restaurant bathroom is not the ideal place to deliver a high-risk pregnancy, but Gracelyn Mae wasn’t going to wait. Her parents, Falon and Robert Griffin, were heading to University Hospital so their baby could be delivered by Dr. Patrick Ramsey, an obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist. They stopped at the Chick-Fil-A at U.S. 281 and Evens Road — after closing time — to meet friends who would pick up their two older children, but Falon urgently needed to use the restroom. Employees opened the door and let them in. Then she started to give birth. “At that moment I realized, ‘Oh my …Read More >

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Summer fun for kids on dialysis

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Transplants

You might think that having to go to dialysis multiple times a week might prevent a kid from attending camp. You would think wrong. This year, six patients from University Health System — two from dialysis and four from transplant — went to Camp Reynal and had a blast. “It is quite fun. I get to meet a lot of other kids; they have the same issues as me. It creates a family,” said Gabrielle Sanchez, who has attended for four years. “It is super-exciting to go every year. There’s a new addition to the camp each year; this year …Read More >

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Don’t get burned!

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

It’s another sweltering South Texas summer. Step outside and the risk of burns are everywhere — in addition to the everyday burn hazards that lurk inside our homes. University Hospital’s level I pediatric trauma center and burn program works to get the word out about burn risks. But how much do you know about burns? Take this burn quiz, courtesy of University Health System’s Health Library, and test your burn IQ. You might pick up a few tips on how to keep yourself and your family from getting burned.

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Spot the Tot

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  trauma

So your old pickup or SUV has some miles on it, and it doesn’t have one of those backup cameras that come standard on new vehicles these days. Or maybe your vehicle does have a backup camera. It still has blind spots. You should know about Spot the Tot — an effort to prevent the all-too-common tragedy of drivers inadvertently striking young children with their cars. Often the child is their own. “We see far too many grieving family members who have backed over a child they didn’t see in their rearview mirror,” said Jennifer Northway, director of the adult and child …Read More >

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Surviving The 4th – With Fingers and Toes Intact

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care

The 4th of July is a time for food, family — and of course fireworks. However, before you light up that sparkler this holiday week, make sure to consider the hazards of fireworks and how to keep yourself and your children safe. Are fireworks safe for my family to use? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 280 people a day visited emergency rooms across the country with fireworks- related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday last year. Here in San Antonio, University Hospital saw a number of injuries with our level I pediatric trauma center …Read More >

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are learning how to swim at the public pool. One little girl is holding onto a kick board and is swimming through the water.

Summer safety tips: Keeping your kids safe in the water this summer

There’s nothing like spending a hot Texas summer day lounging in a pool, lake or river. However, as families head to the water this summer to cool off, it’s important that they remember the importance of practicing good water safety. Who is Most at Risk from Drowning? According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide with an estimated 360,000 deaths from drowning each year. Each day in the United States, 10 people drown. Of these, two are 14 years old or younger. Often, young children are the most at risk of …Read More >

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