Caring for Central Texas Children
Considering the challenges of health care, the Department of Pediatrics knows that it must not only develop new strategies for treating difficult problems such as extreme prematurity, asthma and epilepsy, but also focus on making children healthier by supporting good nutrition, exercise at home and in schools, and on-time, complete vaccination.
By creating a department that serves all children — not just the very ill — Dell Medical School is changing the way future generations get and stay healthy.
Combating Childhood Obesity
The Department of Pediatrics aims to develop programs to help children who face what can be severe health consequences related to childhood obesity. The team is planning evidence-based programs to prevent obesity and excess weight gain beginning in early childhood. In recognition of the fact that good nutrition is the cornerstone of strong school performance and long-term health, the department invests in efforts to make healthy food choices accessible for kids and improve the physical environment in which they live, learn and play. This includes research on how Latin American families feed infants in Austin.
Shaping New Nutritional Guidelines for Children & Adolescents
Faculty and staff members provide expertise on national nutritional / dietary guidelines created by organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They also publish research that sheds light on health challenges for children and adolescents as well as identifying solutions.
Using Data to Predict & Prevent Health Complications for Premature Babies
A multidisciplinary team of Dell Med researchers from neurology, pediatrics and population health is collecting data from babies in two Ascension Seton neonatal intensive care units to help predict life-threatening complications common among premature infants. Additionally, the data will be used to learn more about how early complications affect outcomes later in life.