Checkup Daily - Cook Children's online newsroom (Our Experts)
2017
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
27,
2017
Loaded with caffeine, sugar and stimulants, energy drinks have become a nearly $40 billion industry worldwide. And while much of the marketing may seem targeted for young people, health experts warn the caffeinated energy drinks on the market may ...
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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
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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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
05,
2017
Erin Froehner listened as doctors gave her 3-day-old daughter a death sentence. After being diagnosed with a rare disorder known as Trisomy 18 syndrome, doctors told Froehner her baby, Addy, might make it a few weeks or a month at the most. She fo...
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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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March
23,
2017
Every year Cook Children’s receives more than 600 children due to poisonings. Seventy-five percent are medication related. Children can be accidentally poisoned by finding medication belonging to a friend or family member at their house or in their p...
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March
22,
2017
Drinking raw, unpasteurized milk has been touted by some as a solution to just about every various health conditions. There are claims that raw milk can help with allergies, skin health, boost immunity, weight loss, neurological “support” and to aid ...
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March
21,
2017
Last week, five kids, ages ranging from 3 to 11 years old, were treated at Cook Children’s for accidental gunshot wounds. The shootings included a shotgun, two from a handgun, a BB gun and a pellet gun. Fortunately, none of the children died from ...
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March
20,
2017
“Your baby needs surgery in order to breastfeed correctly.” Those probably won’t be the words that are said, but it might be the message that you hear. Breastfeeding can be a tricky thing and many different problems can lead to a poor latch or ...
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March
14,
2017
Tips to keep your infants and toddlers safe: Babies should be placed flat on their back for every sleep and relaxation time. Babies should have their own sleep surface with a firm mattress and tight fitting sheet. Offer a pacifier at every sle...
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March
14,
2017
Our previous story on MiraLax received quite a bit of attention from our readers. If you missed the first story, please check it out here. Now for some constipation and Miralax AMA responses: 1.Is short term use of MiraLax for a colonoscopy OK?...
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March
13,
2017
This afternoon, I saw a couple of tweets from CBS 11 reporter Jack Fink that turned my stomach: The affidavit included in one of the tweet's details an adult here in North Texas engaged in inapproapriate behavior with a 15-year old child i...
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March
10,
2017
For most of you reading this, your kids already are home or will soon be out of school for Spring Break. Even if you have a big vacation planned, I know this time out of the classroom means more opportunity for screen time. In today’s technologica...
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March
09,
2017
It can be tempting to turn on the tablet and let it entertain the kids while you travel. But just like at home, screen time needs to be approached with balance. “While it’s all right to let children watch some kid-safe programming while you travel...
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March
07,
2017
A little more than a year ago, Ambrea Jones knew as much about Pompe disease as most of us who watched President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. During his speech, President Trump introduced Megan Crowley and, in the proc...
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March
03,
2017
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 bacterial species that pose the greatest threat to human health. WHO says the list is an effort to “guide and promote research a...
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March
02,
2017
Cook Children's 3D aPPROaCH Lab The new three-dimensional lab for the planning and printing of congenital heart disease (3D aPPROaCH Lab) uses advanced technology to support pre-surgical planning and family education for patients with complex hear...
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February
28,
2017
Constipation is an incredibly frustrating problem for children and their families. Having a child with stomach pain, pain with stooling and even bloody stools because of constipation is very frustrating. Several treatment options are available but...
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February
27,
2017
The first days after having a baby are full of wonder, awe and excitement, but those days can also bring anxiety. Breastfeeding can be one of the largest sources of this. If you are feeling this way, know that you are not alone! Many doctor moms say ...
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February
23,
2017
With a high of 90 degrees expected today, it's clear the risk of a child drowning isn’t a seasonal event. February isn’t over and already four children have been treated for near-drowning accidents at Cook Children’s Emergency Department. All of t...
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February
22,
2017
Alright let's talk Tamiflu. At Willow Park, we are getting tons of calls for it if a child has been exposed, a parent has been exposed, a neighbor has it, your dog sniffed someone's bum who had the flu two weeks ago, etc....  Ask most physician...
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