Checkup Newsroom (Our Experts)
2017
August
17,
2017
While an eclipse is a scientific wonder, it may also be scary for some kids. Here are some tips from Joy Crabtree to help your children enjoy the event: "When talking to your kids about the eclipse, I think it’s important to prepare them and let t...
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August
15,
2017
Co-sleeping The AAP recommends babies sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing). Watch the video below to learn more about the dangers of co-sleeping with real stories from our experts: ...
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August
15,
2017
The Texas Department of State Health (DSHS) recommends that people drink and eat only pasteurized diary products (including soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt). The DSHS has issued a health alert stating that a person contracted Brucellosis from cons...
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August
14,
2017
As a new school year begins, so do the arguments about vaccinations. Texas Department of State Health Services, which receives the information from schools of students who have declined vaccination  says, “Maintaining adequate immunization rates i...
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August
10,
2017
Car seats may mean the difference in life or death if your child is riding in one during a wreck. Safe Kids Worldwide states that car seats used correctly reduce the potential of death by as much as 71 percent. But the tragic death of 9-month-old ...
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August
07,
2017
My kids are currently out of town for their annual summertime week with my mother, and that leaves us parents with some time to relax, eat out, watch Game of Thrones, and – drumroll – strategize about our parenting strategies. Yes, I know, that la...
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July
31,
2017
“Babies eat, sleep, poop and cry. And they usually cry because they need to eat, sleep or poop.” – Will Shudde, M.D. Most of you won’t know Dr. Shudde, but he’s the first doctor I ever shadowed during the summer between my second and third year...
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July
31,
2017
According to noheatstroke.org, 29 child vehicular heastroke deaths have occurred in the United States. Seven of those deaths occurred in Texas. A child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being unattended in a hot vehicle. Heastroke...
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July
28,
2017
Summer's almost over and it's time for one last trip. Families are traveling all over the world by cars, trains, boats and planes. These different methods of travel can be a wonderful experience for children, but they may also come along with negativ...
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July
28,
2017
Growing up, I loved playing sports. I loved the competition and the comradery of being on a team. My dad loved watching me play and my mom did as well. What she didn’t enjoy as much was throwing all of my sweaty, dirty clothes in the wash or sitti...
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July
28,
2017
You see it sometimes with children wearing tank tops or swim suits – darkened patches of skin in certain body areas like the neck or armpit. Parents and children may think that it is simply dirt that needs to be washed off. Children might even get te...
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July
26,
2017
"Should my child play football?" "Should my child play football?" You may be asking yourself this question with all the recent news about the dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. A study in the most recent Journal of the Amer...
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July
24,
2017
If you were trying to watch your waistline in the early 2000s, you probably remember the Atkins fad. While the low-carb diet has since fizzled out, another low-carb, but high fat plan is the latest craze helping people lose weight. It’s called the ke...
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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
19,
2017
Ok I'll go first, I'm a bad mom because I let my baby roll off the couch ... well, both babies. I have moms in my office tell me all kinds of variations of the "I'm a bad mom statement" and it is always for minor things - still using a pacifier, l...
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July
19,
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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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
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
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
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 usually problemati...
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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
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
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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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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