Newborn Screenings 101

September 12, 2016

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening 101: History and Key Facts In the hours immediately following birth, new parents face what may seem like an endless stream of doctors, nurses, consultants, and other medical professionals who are there to ensure the child’s health and well-being. Amidst the chaos, wonder, and magic of the post-delivery days, new parents will meet a few medical professionals who will perform life-saving newborn screenings. To understand why these simple screenings matter so much, it’s important to look at the history of newborn screenings, what babies are being tested for, and what the procedures are. With a fuller understanding, it’s…Read More

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Back to School – Feeding Tube Planning

September 1, 2016

Tube Feeding

It’s September, and kids are back in school! For children with a feeding tube, there are some important and necessary steps to take to ensure that their feedings are accomplished at school.  Here are some of the steps to plan for: Obtain the needed documentation All school districts require a signed doctor’s order and dietitian’s note specifying the child’s tube feeding plan and needs.  If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), you would want to make sure any accommodations that need to be made around their feeding or tube care are specified in it. Train the teacher, school…Read More

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Cri du Chat Syndrome – “Cry of the Cat”

May 26, 2016

cri du chat syndrome

The 5P Minus syndrome, also called Cri du Chat syndrome (or CdCS), is a genetic disorder caused due to a lack of a portion of chromosome  number 5. Those born with this missing or shortened chromosome have a distinctive “cat cry” or kitten-like cry (soft cry), due to an undeveloped larynx, which can deepen as a child grows older. Lower birth weight, smaller head circumference, and developmental delays are common in children with Cri du Chat syndrome. During May, the 5P Minus Society and Cri du Chat.org are working to educate others about this extremely rare condition that affects approximately…Read More

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Your Difficulty Swallowing Might be a Sign of Dysphagia

March 31, 2016

dysphagia

The difficulty some may experience when swallowing is called dysphagia. Dysphagia is caused by a compression commonly associated with obstructive disorders or a motor disorder of the esophagus. Difficulty swallowing is most common in older adults, babies, and people who have problems of the brain. There are a variety of problems that may cause the throat and the esophagus from functioning properly; some of these are minor, and others are more serious. If you or someone you know is having trouble swallowing on a regular basis, it might be a more serious problem that might require treatment. Dysphagia symptoms can…Read More

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Tube Feeding with Epic

January 21, 2016

Tube Feeding

Maintaining a healthy weight is not always as easy as managing your diet and exercise routine. At Epic Health Services, we have numerous patients requiring complex nutritional therapy to help them surpass simply surviving, and move onto thriving! We specialize in pediatric enteral nutrition, also known as tube feeding. Many of you may be familiar with the term “g-button,” which is the feeding tube that is placed in the stomach in order to feed the patient. A patient may need a feeding tube for the following reasons: Failure to thrive Dysphagia Aspiration Oral aversion/feeding difficulties Short bowel syndrome Food allergies…Read More

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How Epic Can Help Your Child with Enteral Feeding

October 5, 2015

caregiver

If your child is having trouble swallowing foods or liquids safely, they may require enteral feeding, also known as tube feeding. Enteral feeding is the use of a small, flexible tube that’s placed into the stomach or small intestines which allows your child to receive formula or liquid food for adequate nutrition. Tube feeding formulas contain protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamin and minerals and can meet 100% of your child’s nutritional needs. There are several reasons why children may require feeding tubes such as prematurity, swallowing issues, cancer or chronic medical conditions that prevent adequate oral intake. Whether it’s because they…Read More

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The Fight Continues for Pediatric Therapy in Texas

September 10, 2015

down syndrome awareness

This is a reminder that the Texas HHSC rate analysis department released a new proposed therapy rate reduction schedule this past Friday. The new rates are scheduled to be implemented on 10/1/15. The proposed rates would reduce reimbursement for Speech therapy services by 26-28% and PT & OT services by 3.5%. Just like last time, a new rate hearing has been scheduled and is quickly approaching. Hearing Details The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing on September 18, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., to receive comment on proposed Medicaid payment rates for Physical, Occupational, and…Read More

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Making the Epic Difference: A Slideshow of our Patients

August 5, 2015

Please take a moment to appreciate the amazing and resilient children that we are privileged to serve every day in this patient slideshow. These kids are fighting for their lives, dreams, and futures. We stand with them as partners, and their fight is our fight, too. We’re all in this together. Music Credit: Slideshow features Rachel Platten’s incredible “Fight Song” For more information about how Epic can help your children in their individual fights by providing pediatric skilled nursing, pediatric therapy, or pediatric behavioral and autism services, have us call you or complete our request for care form today!

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Selecting Heart Healthy Foods

February 4, 2015

Selecting Heart Healthy Foods Did you know February is American Heart Month? There are many simple things you can do to decrease your risk for heart disease and stroke, including eating a healthy diet low in sodium and monitoring your blood pressure. To help you determine which foods promote heart health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shares the following shopping list: Fruits and Vegetables Any fresh fruits, like apples, oranges or bananas Any fresh vegetables, like spinach, carrots or broccoli Frozen vegetables without added sauce Canned vegetables that are low in sodium or have no salt added…Read More

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7 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

December 19, 2014

It’s that time of year again! As you get ready to attend your holiday parties this weekend, remember that you can still apply a healthy approach to eating and maintain your weight. To help, we’re sharing the following healthy holiday eating tips from our friends at The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Do not skip meals. If you’re thinking about skipping meals in preparation for a big holiday party or feast, don’t. It may result in overeating. It is especially important to eat breakfast. Eat plenty of fiber. Include lots of fiber in your diet by eating fruits, vegetables…Read More

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