Checkup Daily - Cook Children's online newsroom (Children)
2017
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
21,
2017
Last week, five kids, ages ranging from 3 to 11 years old, were treated at Cook Children’s for accidental gunshot wounds. The shootings included a shotgun, two from a handgun, a BB gun and a pellet gun. Fortunately, none of the children died from ...
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March
20,
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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March
14,
2017
Life is made up of lots of small moments (like when a kangaroo comes to visit). Working at Cook Children's as a child life specialist I get a front row seat to some of the biggest moments in the lives of many children. As a child life specialist m...
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March
13,
2017
You may be surprised to see a child life specialist in one of the rooms at Cook Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After all, this is an area devoted to babies. But spend some time in one of those rooms and you will see a big part of t...
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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
07,
2017
In an effort to get more patients vaccinated against the Human papillomavirus (HPV), Cook Children’s is launching a new initiative led by one of the more vocal physicians in the country on this topic. Jason Terk, M.D., a pediatrician at Cook Child...
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March
07,
2017
A little more than a year ago, Ambrea Jones knew as much about Pompe disease as most of us who watched President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. During his speech, President Trump introduced Megan Crowley and, in the proc...
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March
06,
2017
By Jeff Carlton UNT Health Science Center Kiasha Jones has managed her son’s asthma for the last 14 years, ever since he was diagnosed at age 6 months following a bout with a respiratory virus called RSV. Armed at home with an inhaler, a hum...
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March
03,
2017
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 bacterial species that pose the greatest threat to human health. WHO says the list is an effort to “guide and promote research a...
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March
02,
2017
Cook Children's 3D aPPROaCH Lab The new three-dimensional lab for the planning and printing of congenital heart disease (3D aPPROaCH Lab) uses advanced technology to support pre-surgical planning and family education for patients with complex hear...
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March
02,
2017
From a best-selling book to a movie starring Harrison Ford to President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, Megan Crowley’s life has made for a compelling story. Megan and her brother Patrick battle Pompe disease, a rare n...
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February
27,
2017
The first days after having a baby are full of wonder, awe and excitement, but those days can also bring anxiety. Breastfeeding can be one of the largest sources of this. If you are feeling this way, know that you are not alone! Many doctor moms say ...
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February
20,
2017
“The last thing I remember was my coach counting me down after my ride. Five … four … three … two … one … and I collapsed.” Marc Keralla knew he didn’t have much time left to prepare before taking a shot at his goal. An avid cyclist for 25 years, ...
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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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February
06,
2017
Every parent has experienced a similar moment: You’re at the grocery store with your toddler and run into an old college roommate, a high school friend’s mom or a former neighbor. As you’re filling your acquaintance in on the past few years, you real...
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February
03,
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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February
01,
2017
Vomiting. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Vomiting. Diarrhea ... When these are the main complaints on my patient schedule, I know it’s probably norovirus time.  A quick look at the stats confirms my suspicions. At Cook Children’s, we've seen 393 children ...
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January
31,
2017
Three years ago this month, I was on the farm at Canine Assistants being paired with Ralph Lauren, a goofy golden retriever with a fluffy tail and a giant smile. Each year since then I remember and reflect on Ralph's "gotcha day," and what it was lik...
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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
26,
2017
Time and time again, studies have shown that sugary beverages have been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. So why are parents still letting their kids consume these drinks that can be so dangerous to their children's health? The Center...
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January
25,
2017
Should you buy a newborn baby respiratory monitor? Will it give you peace of mind? Will it prevent a bad outcome in your child?The answer is probably…no and no.Newborn technology innovation is driven largely by cashing in on the fears of parents. ...
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January
24,
2017
Finally, the flu season has arrived at Cook Children’s. From Jan. 15  to Jan. 21, 427 patients were tested for the flu, with 100 testing positive for Influenza A and five for Influenza B. The CDC says influenza activity is slowly and steadily i...
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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
18,
2017
Don’t panic! If you see your child (or any child) convulsing, take a deep breath. It’s more important that you remain calm. First, protect the child from harm. Position the child in their side. They should not lie on their stomachs. Children have ...
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January
17,
2017
It’s that time of the year when coughing, sneezing and sniffling noses are seemingly everywhere. If you’re like most parents, you have a stockpile of meds in a cabinet ready to deploy on the household. But there’s one you should skip – cough medicine...
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January
16,
2017
Cook Children’s neurosurgeon, Richard Roberts, M.D., made an appearance on national television recently, recounting one of the most incredible cases of his career. On “The Dr. Oz Show,” which aired Friday, Dr. Roberts described the day back in Septem...
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January
12,
2017
Josh and Ashley were just hours away from boarding an airplane for what should have been one of the most memorable trips of their lives. Spending Thanksgiving week in Illinois, surrounded by Ashley’s family, Josh knew this would be his chance to a...
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