Checkup Newsroom (Children)
2017
July
21,
2017
Your kids have been cooped up all summer playing video games and now they want to go outside and play finally.  But are they ready for the hottest part of the year? Locally, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that remains i...
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July
19,
2017
By Ashley Parrott Miami Robertson was a 14-year-old high school athlete with debilitating asthma, or so she thought. It wasn’t until her friend noticed Miami’s breathing problems and a sunken chest that she was diagnosed with pectus excavatum. ...
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July
19,
2017
At a time when she needed inspiration the most, Brec Bassinger looked to Nick Jonas. Now at 18 years old, she hopes to be an example for children with Type 1 diabetes. Brec was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 8 years old. Shortly after her diagn...
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July
13,
2017
The father of two little girls taken to Cook Children’s after a non-fatal drowning incident says even when you think you are doing everything right, something terrible can go wrong. The family, which has requested to remain anonymous, shared their...
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July
11,
2017
Tears were dripping down my face after I read this.  This sweet baby died at age 7 months by getting tangled in a blanket in his crib.  Please don't put blankets (or anything other than a paci) in your baby's crib.  With a heavy heart, Dr. D...
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July
03,
2017
Since 2011, 24 kids have been treated at Cook Children's following a near drowning during the Fourth of July Weekend. The safety experts at Cook Children’s say kids can’t afford anything less than 100 percent adult supervision at the pool at all t...
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July
03,
2017
School’s out for summer! It’s time for playing at the park, swimming and catching lightning bugs. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when I see many office visits related to insect bites and their complications. It seems like no matter how hard I try ...
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June
29,
2017
We want you to have a safe Fourth of July weekend, so we thought it might help for you to know where your child is most at risk during the holiday. Through our Trauma department registry, here are the top four causes of injuries we’ve seen from 20...
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June
29,
2017
A friend tagged you on Facebook to read an article. Your child has been sick and the story seems to match her illness. But is it accurate? New research from Ogilvy, an advertising, marketing and public relations agency  found that reporters and ed...
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June
26,
2017
A 3-year-old from Fort Worth died over the weekend after he climbed into a non-working vehicle. The Star-Telegram reported police believe the boy was in the car for 45 minutes before he was found. Temperatures reached 100 degrees in Tarrant County...
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June
22,
2017
Today is Dravet Awareness Day. To learn more about Dravet, we sat down with Scott Perry, M.D., medical director of Neurology and co-director of the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center. Dr. Perry has done multiple research studies on Dravet Synd...
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June
19,
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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June
16,
2017
Frank McGehee, M.D., may surprise you when it comes to his parenting tips as a father of four biological children and two step kids – he puts all of the children second. Dr. McGehee, seen here with his daughter Brigid, became a stepfather of two y...
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June
15,
2017
The school bell has rung for the last time of the 2016-2017 school year! Are you finding yourself wondering what to do to make sure your child will have the same quality of handwriting when he/she returns to school? Or better yet, have you thought ab...
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June
09,
2017
School is out for summer! This means playing outside, swimming and enjoying the warm, sunny weather. Of course, you know what’s coming next - don’t forget to wear sunscreen!  ...
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June
06,
2017
On the top floor of the brand new South Tower building at Cook Children’s Medical Center sits a facility most people will never see. The doors are locked from inside and out. The only access granted comes with the swipe of a badge. This is the Rees-J...
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June
05,
2017
A new study has found that babies sleep longer if they don’t sleep in the same bedroom as their parents. The research, published in the July 2017 of Pediatrics, found “that room-sharing with infants at ages 4 months and 9 months was associated with l...
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May
31,
2017
Some kids have a hard time going to sleep. No matter what time you set bed time, even with the perfect routine, they toss and turn and get out of bed for hours. What is a family to do? ...
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May
30,
2017
Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged 1 to 4 years old, according to Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 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
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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