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2017
March
27,
2017
Constipation in children is common. It affects 30 percent of kids at some point in their life, is usually short lived and not severe. Most people call this functional constipation (despite how functional or dysfunctional you feel in the midst of it)....
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March
24,
2017
If you ask about how best to introduce solids to your baby you will get many opinions and theories – and that is because there is more than one way to do it. In cultures around the world the norms of infant feeding vary. In France the baby may sta...
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March
22,
2017
Drinking raw, unpasteurized milk has been touted by some as a solution to just about every various health conditions. There are claims that raw milk can help with allergies, skin health, boost immunity, weight loss, neurological “support” and to aid ...
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March
20,
2017
“Your baby needs surgery in order to breastfeed correctly.” Those probably won’t be the words that are said, but it might be the message that you hear. Breastfeeding can be a tricky thing and many different problems can lead to a poor latch or ...
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March
14,
2017
Tips to keep your infants and toddlers safe: Babies should be placed flat on their back for every sleep and relaxation time. Babies should have their own sleep surface with a firm mattress and tight fitting sheet. Offer a pacifier at every sle...
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March
14,
2017
Our previous story on MiraLax received quite a bit of attention from our readers. If you missed the first story, please check it out here. Now for some constipation and Miralax AMA responses: 1.Is short term use of MiraLax for a colonoscopy OK?...
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March
10,
2017
For most of you reading this, your kids already are home or will soon be out of school for Spring Break. Even if you have a big vacation planned, I know this time out of the classroom means more opportunity for screen time. In today’s technologica...
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March
09,
2017
It can be tempting to turn on the tablet and let it entertain the kids while you travel. But just like at home, screen time needs to be approached with balance. “While it’s all right to let children watch some kid-safe programming while you travel...
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February
17,
2017
So I'm standing next to one of my boys playing Foosball on the same side of the table - cause mom needs all the help she can get on this--and I notice the smell. It drifts in and out of range but is definitely a smell and it is bad. I don't want to e...
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February
13,
2017
Trying to decide if a cough is dangerous or not? Requires a doctor’s visit or not? Requires treatment or not? It can be really hard to determine the cause of a cough just because of the sound. But here are some different types of coughs and the cl...
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February
08,
2017
“Does my baby have reflux?” “Is it GERD?” Or, as I frequently see it spelled, “Is it gurd?” Every baby spits up ... there is definitely a spectrum from the babies that spit up once in their whole life all the way to the babies that spit up e...
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January
27,
2017
What would you do if your child started having bloody tears? Often I write about things that most of you will deal with at some time or another. But, every now and then, something really interesting grabs my attention as something that you might f...
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January
23,
2017
I knew the day would come. My son Jack marched up to me this morning and announced, "Mama, there's a raisin in my nose!" And that sucker was pushed in real deep.  I didn't have any of my fancy extraction tools at home to get it out, so I'm g...
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January
20,
2017
When our 18-month-old son, supposedly napping in his crib, came strolling into the kitchen, we realized it was probably time to make the transition to a “big-boy” bed (even though it was a little earlier than we had planned). Most children transit...
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January
19,
2017
Did you know that about 30 million children in the U.S. participate in an organized sport program? Sporting activities are a great form of exercise that help with team building skills and promote confidence in youth, but they also pose a great risk t...
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January
05,
2017
Did you child receive a phone, tablet or TV this year for Christmas?  Have you seen or talked to them since? Whether it’s a phone, a tablet or the TV, there’s no denying that the use of screens and media have changed childhood and parenting. Do...
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2016
December
13,
2016
Have you ever seen a child get upset, hold his breath until turning blue or even passing out? It happens. It’s terrifying. But it’s usually nothing to be worried about. These events when children hold their breath for a spell are cleverly...
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December
06,
2016
Ok let's learn something about "ear infections and tubes!" I should call this: "The Eustachian Tube - Dictator of Ear Happiness." More later on that. Few things I want to put out there first: 1) There are two kinds of ear infections: middle ...
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December
02,
2016
If you are staying at the grandparents during the holidays, warn your kids to be ready for the winter checklist from them before they go outside and play. Make sure your hair is dry. Wear shoes outside. Put on your hat. But does any of th...
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November
29,
2016
It probably won't surprise you to know that I get asked, "Do you think it’s RSV?" a lot this time of year. My answer might surprise you though: “It's not that important to know.” Let me explain why. RSV is a virus. It’s short for respiratory...
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November
29,
2016
Cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) infections in North Texas commonly increase in the winter. But this year, it's arrived earlier than usual. During the week of Nov. 20, 2016, 47 Cook Children’s patients tested positive for RSV. During this s...
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November
22,
2016
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be around any unvaccinated children. Well, the parents of her other...
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November
16,
2016
Thanksgiving should be a time for families to come together and be thankful. After all, it’s the reason for the holiday, right? But too many Thanksgivings end up with huge fights or arguments in front of the kids. The past few months have been esp...
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November
10,
2016
1. All ear pain is an ear infection. Ear pain can be caused by many different factors. Often kids just play with or point to their ears. If the child is otherwise cranky, sick or not sleeping well, parents will assume there is an ear infection. Ho...
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November
09,
2016
Children can run, jump and play for hours and may not share complaints – particularly when their tummies, heads or knees hurt – until after the fun is over. One of the first things I like to know when ascertaining the seriousness of a child’s cond...
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November
08,
2016
Carter Guidry has seen more than his fair share of doctor’s office and been through multiple procedures and treatments because of his history of low antibody levels, resulting in frequent infections. But nothing prepared his family for what happened ...
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November
07,
2016
Suicide in children and adolescents is a difficult topic to discuss. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among all children and adolescents in the U.S. As a mental health professional, my worst fear is a child prematurely ending his or her ow...
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November
03,
2016
“We try to put her on her tummy to play, but she just cries! It breaks my heart!” I hear this almost daily as a pediatric physical therapist. However, tummy time is more important than ever these days. Our babies today tend to have more time on...
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November
02,
2016
Stay at home moms report feeling guilty because they are not contributing to the family’s income, while working moms feel guilty because they are not at home with their children. Both can be a self-destructive losing battle. Guilt is a negative...
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October
19,
2016
Cook Children’s consists of six programs within the system that treat different populations within pediatric physical therapy. Home Health Inpatient Hospital Neurodevelopmental Physical Therapy NICU Skilled Inpatient Rehab (TCU/RCU) SPORTS ...
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