Checkup Newsroom (Our Experts)
2017
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
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
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
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
09,
2017
“I absolutely hated my life. I wanted to die. I wanted God to take all the pain away. I prayed to God to let me die.” How had it come to this for Madisyn Metaxas? ...
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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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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
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
Joining together with family and friends for a meal can be an important part of our social lives. Chances are you know a child who is a picky eater or even a problem eater. You work hard to make sure your guests feel welcome in your home. But do t...
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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
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
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
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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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
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
18,
2017
"What is the best vitamin my kid can take?" That's one of the most common questions I get while doing my AMAs on our Willow Park Pediatrics Facebook page.  The answer I give, most of the time, is - nothing. Here's a few points about vitamins...
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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
07,
2017
Cook Children’s adamantly supports mothers and the breastfeeding initiative taking the country by storm. There are, of course, those women that have had a difficult time breastfeeding; trying to give baby the best but to no avail. I was one of those ...
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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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March
27,
2017
Constipation in children is common. It affects 30 percent of kids at some point in their life, is usually short lived and not severe. Most people call this functional constipation (despite how functional or dysfunctional you feel in the midst of it)....
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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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