Checkup Newsroom (News)
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
20,
2017
By Ashley Parrott Wheezing, coughing and the struggle to catch a single breath. Sounds like asthma, right? But there may be another cause for respiratory distress in your child: vocal cord dysfunction. Asthma and vocal cord dysfunction (V...
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July
18,
2017
People have different reactions to hearing that a pediatrician’s office performs ear piercing. It is usually either one of relief or that of surprise. There is no actual medical benefit to having your child’s ears pierced, but this is a very common, ...
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July
17,
2017
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) reported today the first West Nile Virus-associated death of the 2017 season. The death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions. Additional details are not being released due to privacy laws. ...
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July
14,
2017
Deaths caused by accidental injuries have decreased over 50 percent since the 1980s. However, since the 1990s, deaths caused by accidental poisonings have doubled. Following a few simple safety steps can help prevent accidental poisonings.Click here ...
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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
12,
2017
Keeping up with social media is not easy if you’re a parent. As quickly as you get a handle on whatever device or outlet your child’s looking at, something new comes along. Usually your kids know about what’s new in social media long before you ev...
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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
07,
2017
Special Note: Our Genetics team, Cook Children's Clinical and Metabolic Genetics Center, does not routinely schedule patients for genetic evaluation due to MTHFR concerns, as there are two polymorphisms that are common in this gene which are not usua...
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July
05,
2017
On July 3, police in Boynton Beach, Fla. made national news after they rescued a dog trapped inside a car that was described as “easily 110 degrees.” The officers broke out the car window and let the dog out. The owner of the dog was issued a ticket ...
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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
22,
2017
An ear infection isn’t likely to stop your child from wanting to get in the pool and swim. But as the parent you may be wondering, “Can my child go swimming with an ear infection?” That’s a question we hear quite a bit, so we thought we check with...
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June
20,
2017
Who is watching your children in the pool? More importantly, who is not watching them drown?  Last year, Cook Children’s staff saw eight drowning deaths and another 61 children treated for near-drownings. The numbers have to go down and this month Co...
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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
19,
2017
A 4-year-old girl was attacked by the family dog in Farmersville Texas, on Sunday, June 18. The little girl was wrestling with her siblings and when she got out of the pool the dog bit her. She was taken to a Dallas hospital with puncture wounds to t...
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June
15,
2017
It can be difficult to imagine what you will find when you walk into the emergency room with your kiddo. Chances are you’ve debated coming, but it’s Friday night and you’ve hoped all day that your child would start to feel better. The weekend is fast...
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June
12,
2017
Do children who drink cow’s milk grow to be taller than those who drink other types of milk? Yes, according to a new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers say children who consumed milk from alternative sources, such a...
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June
09,
2017
Over the next couple of months, your child will get more tick bites and tickborne diseases than any other time of the year. But there are steps you can take to protect your little one from not only the annoyance of a bite, but the diseases caused by ...
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June
08,
2017
Dry drowning has been in the news quite a bit lately, but how much are your kids really at risk? Few of the emergency and pediatric intensive care unit physicians at Cook Children’s have seen a case of dry downing. Cook Children’s Trauma registry ...
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June
07,
2017
Have you noticed all the wild mushrooms that popped up in your yard after heavy rains? Chances are, even if you haven’t, your kids probably have and that could mean trouble for them. ...
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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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June
02,
2017
Your child has a routine cold and all the symptoms that come with it: fever, sore throat and sneezing. But does your kiddo need an antibiotic? It may surprise you to find out the answer is no. ...
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May
31,
2017
School’s out, the summer’s here and it’s time for the kids to hit the pool … and then later a pediatrician’s office if you aren’t careful. ...
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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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