Checkup Daily - Cook Children's online newsroom (Children)
2017
May
26,
2017
Memorial Day weekend is here and for many of us, this is family time away from the office or school. Unfortunately, it can also be a time of tragedy when kids are rushed to Cook Children’s for help. We took a look at the traumatic injuries Cook...
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May
24,
2017
Do you or your kids get canker sores? We doctors call them "aphthous ulcers" because we cannot use names in medicine that are easily pronounceable. Come on. They're a real pain, aren't they? And we aren't sure what causes them. Lots of theories...
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May
23,
2017
“Still I Rise.” On those mornings when Erin Hale hurts more than any 17 year old should, she looks at her left wrist and those three words inspire her to get up out of bed. Yes, Erin is too young to have a tattoo in the state of Texas without h...
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May
22,
2017
I can still vividly remember sitting at my desk in my room, studying hard for high school exams. After diligently reaching the end of a section of review, I would often hop up, push the play button on my jambox, and dance. In front of my wide closet ...
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May
22,
2017
“I would love to know the opinions of some of the [Cook Children’s] physicians on the new trend of starting babies in swimming lessons as early as 6 months. It seems to be gaining popularity, but I have not heard any doctors weigh in on whether they ...
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May
22,
2017
I don’t recommend juice to families. And, despite some relaxation in the juice-drinking policy released from the AAP, it’s unlikely that I’ll start today. First, let’s start with what we all agree on – children under the age of 12months should ...
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May
17,
2017
Recently, we wrote about what you should consider before you buy your child a fidget spinner. But what we didn’t address were the safety issues of the fidget devices that it seems every child in America owns, whether they have ADHD or not. On M...
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May
12,
2017
When I cruised out of pediatric residency kid-free, I thought I knew it all when it came to raising a child. Little did I know how little I knew. I’d be Terrified the Day my First Child was Born. Guess what? Reading tons of books about the healt...
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May
11,
2017
OK mom and dad, be honest. Does your child wear a helmet while on a bike? If not, statistics say you may make a visit to an Emergency Department near you very soon. A report from Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program ...
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May
05,
2017
With the warmer weather, it’s time to go outside with your kids. In our area, MayFest is this weekend! But before you go out, be sure to pull out the sunscreen as you head out for the fun! Here are a few things to remember: 1. We recommend s...
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May
04,
2017
Let's learn something about ... DEET! DEET gets a pretty bad rap. In a day and age where people are pushing for the more "natural" approaches to prevention and medical care, DEET seems to be the least natural thing out there, right? You know wh...
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May
03,
2017
For eight days after her son was born, all Whitney Coben could do was look at her fragile little boy. Brayden was born premature at 27 weeks, weighed less than 3 pounds and couldn’t breathe on his own. Right after birth, he was immediately taken t...
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May
03,
2017
The multiple tornadoes that rampaged through East Texas over the weekend shows the devastation these storms can bring with them. An average of 132 tornadoes occur in Texas each year.   At some point, probably in the near future, one of those to...
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May
02,
2017
Nothing had gone as Jordan and Katie Guidry planned following the birth of their son, Waylon. Before Waylon could receive the heart surgery he so badly needed, his parents learned their surgeon was leaving the area. The Guidrys were suddenly faced...
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April
27,
2017
As a kid, I can remember asking my mom before every single doctor’s appointment, “Am I going to get a shot?” Now with three kids of my own, I often hear, “Am I going to have to get a shot?” My 6-year-old tells me weekly that she doesn’t have to ge...
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April
26,
2017
“Just sit down and be still” might be the worst piece of advice a person could give a child with ADHD. Studies have shown that activity and movement can be very beneficial to children with ADHD and can aid in their ability to pay attention and lea...
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April
25,
2017
Want a simple way to decrease your children’s risk of ADHD, injuries, high blood pressure, obesity and depression? Make sure they get enough sleep. A new study, published in the Journal of Obesity, found that routines for preschool-aged childre...
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April
24,
2017
Two children have already been treated for snake bites at Cook Children’s this year, including one child who was bitten this month. From 2012 to present, 91 children have been seen at the medical center for snake bites. The most was in 2014 with 2...
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April
20,
2017
Cook Children’s played a crucial role in the research of new drugs that could change the lives of teenagers with hepatitis C. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Harvoni and Sovaldi in the treatment of young people betwe...
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April
19,
2017
By Victoria Shelton Cook Children’s has brought in visiting dogs for decades as a way to help patients and their families cope with their situations, but it was one of the first hospitals nationwide to realize the value in having dogs as badge-yie...
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April
13,
2017
If your child had a weak immune system, would you want to know the vaccine rates at their school? House Bill 2249 would require the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide reports every other year on vaccine-preventable outbreaks and ...
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April
12,
2017
Parenting is hard at times…for everyone. Each child presents their own unique challenges. Highly gifted children are no different. While the problems may be different, it shouldn’t be considered “easy” by any means. A new film titled, “Gifted,”...
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April
10,
2017
The tables are set and a three-course meal is ready to be served. Six couples find their names on place cards and seat themselves in front of carefully arranged china and flatware. Soon, they’ll be watching Sleepless in Seattle while waiters serve pe...
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April
10,
2017
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cook Children’s Medical Center is the first NICU in North Texas to be recognized as a Level IV center, meaning it can provide the highest level of neonatal care to critically-ill infants. The designation was...
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April
07,
2017
We’re not breaking up…..are we? Have you ever gotten to a point in doing something so much that you feel like you just need to take a break? No … I’m not talking about marriage. I’m talking more like working out. You know what I mean. You get t...
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April
07,
2017
Child abuse is a difficult subject to think about, much less discuss with your family and friends. But it also can’t be ignored. Jamye Coffman, M.D., medical director of the Child Advocacy Resource and Evaluation (CARE) Team at Cook Children’s, sa...
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April
06,
2017
By Daron Aldridge When you think of a Cook Children’s patient, it’s just natural to think of a tiny baby girl who’s only lived in our NICU or a first grader in the Child Life Zone playing with Ralph just like his own dog at home. It’s especially t...
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April
05,
2017
Erin Froehner listened as doctors gave her 3-day-old daughter a death sentence. After being diagnosed with a rare disorder known as Trisomy 18 syndrome, doctors told Froehner her baby, Addy, might make it a few weeks or a month at the most. She fo...
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April
04,
2017
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study confirms how important flu vaccinations are in saving children’s lives. The study, also published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is the first of its kind to show how flu vaccinat...
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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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