Category: Children’s Health

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 >

Comic image of man seared by barbecure flames

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 >

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 >

Signs along the new fitness trail at the San Antonio Zoo, sponsored by University Health System

Trick your kids into moving (off the sofa)

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

“Mom! I’m bored!” Summer is here, school is out and the kids are probably staring at an electronic device of some sort instead of being active. To remedy that, University Health System and San Antonio Zoo have teamed up to provide guests of all ages with a way to combine fitness and fun. The Zoo’s new Fitness Trail is a one-mile loop that connects guests with some major animal exhibits, and includes signs that help  track their progress at each quarter-mile mark. Signs also include encouraging fitness facts that offer motivation and inspiration. “Too often during the summer break, kids are parked …Read More >

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Summer Safety Tips: Preventing Hot Car Deaths

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Summer is here and for many of us it’s a time to kick back, relax and enjoy the hot summer days.  However, it’s important to remember that those hot summer days can be dangerous, especially to children, who are more susceptible to the heat. And one of the places kids are most vulnerable are in hot cars. According to Dr. Mark Muir, the trauma medical director at University Hospital, “Kids are smaller and they just have less surface area so they can’t get rid of heat as quickly. Adults, we sweat, we get rid of heat a lot faster. In …Read More >

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New report shows rise in gunshot wounds in children and motorcycle crashes

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

University Health System released its fifth Community Trauma Report last week, identifying serious injury trends in Bexar County and South Texas based on the thousands of adults and children treated in University Hospital’s level I trauma center and level I pediatric trauma center each year. University Hospital treated 1,932 children and 5,361 adults with serious injuries in 2017. Those numbers have risen steadily over several years, in large part because it serves one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Among all patients, both children and adults, falls were the leading injury cause, followed by car crashes, burns, people …Read More >

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Yes, it’s hot. Don’t roast

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

The official start to summer is June 21. Tell that to the sun. South Texas temperatures have already pushed past the 90-degree mark and show no sign of stopping. With that much energy from the sun bombarding us all, it’s important to take some precautions to keep from getting burned, dehydrated — or worse. With that in mind, we’re recycling a helpful interview on sun safety we did last year with Dr. Bruce Adams, chair of emergency medicine at University Hospital and UT Health San Antonio. Stay safe out there! When too much sun makes summer less fun

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Amber Zepeda, born at 24 weeks weighing only a pound

A medical miracle

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  NICU  /  Pregnancy  /  Research  /  Surgery

Halfway through what would have been a normal pregnancy, Adriana Zepeda went into premature labor with her second child. She delivered little Amber at 24 weeks gestation and a birth weight of just over one pound.To put it into context, a normal pregnancy is 40 weeks. Prematurity is considered a birth before 37 weeks. Any baby born at 25 weeks or earlier is considered extremely premature. It wasn’t that long ago that babies such as Amber would not have survived, said Dr. Cynthia Blanco, medical director of the Neonatal Nutrition & Bone Institute at University Health System and professor of …Read More >

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