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2017
May
26,
2017
Who is watching your children in the pool? More importantly, who is not watching them drown? Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, one child died at Cook Children's from a fatal drowning and 15 more kids have been treated for non-fatal drownin...
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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. We took a look at the traumatic injuries Cook...
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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
A new study shows the harm products such as Q-tips can do to a child’s ear. The article published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that almost three dozen children go to a hospital emergency department in the U.S. as a result of using cotton-tip...
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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
19,
2017
I want to tell you why you should never go down a slide with a child in your lap. I'm gonna get my sweet little buddy Carson here to help me. Carson's mother is one of the best mothers I know. She is attentive, kind, and loves to encourage Cars...
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May
18,
2017
As children go outdoors to enjoy the warm weather of spring, you could end up taking your young adventurers to the pediatrician for allergic reactions to poison ivy and/or poison oak. Green, glossy leaves that grow in clusters of three characteriz...
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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
16,
2017
Already this month, eight kids have been brought to Cook Children’s after getting hit by a car, including one child who died. From May 1 to 15, six children were admitted to Cook Children’s and two were treated and released from the Emergency Depa...
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May
15,
2017
A 16-year South Carolina boy collapsed in a classroom and died from drinking too much caffeine, according to the Richland County, SC coroner. The official cause of death for Davis Allen Cripe was a "caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a problem...
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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
09,
2017
Netflix has announced a second season for “13 Reasons Why.” But many experts are concerned the portrayal of the lead character Hannah’s death may not only be difficult to watch for young people, but it may also glorify suicide. Alaina Everitt, ...
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May
07,
2017
Today’s students have greater demands than ever before, with homework and a greater emphasis on scoring high on standardized tests like the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Parents can help by making sure that children pla...
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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
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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May
01,
2017
Recent clinical trial results from the Phase 2 SUSTAIN clinical of a drug known as crizanlizumab have provided new optimism for Sickle Cell Disease patients. The trial may present another option for treating people with severe Sickle Cell Disease who...
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April
27,
2017
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced restrictions on the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children. The FDA states “these medicines carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a g...
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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
21,
2017
News of children being hit by cars in North Texas has been seemingly everywhere lately. Unfortunately, it’s a trend reflected by the number of patients being admitted to Cook Children’s Medical Center. Last month alone, eight children were taken t...
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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
17,
2017
A 1-year-old Burleson boy became the first child in Texas this year to die after being left alone inside a car. He is the fifth in the nation to die from hyperthermia related to being left in a car. NBC5 reported that the boy’s mother came home to...
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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
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
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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