Checkup Daily - Cook Children's online newsroom (news)
2017
March
24,
2017
Just want to stress the importance of referral to high risk perinatologists and pediatric surgeons early in the pregnancy for counseling and management to minimize complications and improve survival. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a cong...
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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
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
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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March
14,
2017
Dyann Daley, M.D., executive director of Cook Children’s new Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, takes a closer look at this study. Click here to find a detailed report on which nursery products pose the greatest risk of injury or death ...
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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
13,
2017
You may be surprised to see a child life specialist in one of the rooms at Cook Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After all, this is an area devoted to babies. But spend some time in one of those rooms and you will see a big part of t...
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March
07,
2017
In an effort to get more patients vaccinated against the Human papillomavirus (HPV), Cook Children’s is launching a new initiative led by one of the more vocal physicians in the country on this topic. Jason Terk, M.D., a pediatrician at Cook Child...
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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
06,
2017
By Jeff Carlton UNT Health Science Center Kiasha Jones has managed her son’s asthma for the last 14 years, ever since he was diagnosed at age 6 months following a bout with a respiratory virus called RSV. Armed at home with an inhaler, a hum...
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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
From a best-selling book to a movie starring Harrison Ford to President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, Megan Crowley’s life has made for a compelling story. Megan and her brother Patrick battle Pompe disease, a rare n...
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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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February
20,
2017
“The last thing I remember was my coach counting me down after my ride. Five … four … three … two … one … and I collapsed.” Marc Keralla knew he didn’t have much time left to prepare before taking a shot at his goal. An avid cyclist for 25 years, ...
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February
15,
2017
“Why do baby teeth matter? They fall out anyways, right?” I hear this question on a daily basis at the dental clinic. The truth is that baby teeth DO matter! Primary teeth, or baby teeth, are very important to a child’s physical, emotional, and so...
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February
09,
2017
For parents faced with the tough decision of when to let their teen start dating, transforming this highly emotional time into a teachable moment can make all the difference. When it comes to navigating new romantic relationships, many teens feel ...
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February
08,
2017
“Does my baby have reflux?” “Is it GERD?” Or, as I frequently see it spelled, “Is it gurd?” Every baby spits up ... there is definitely a spectrum from the babies that spit up once in their whole life all the way to the babies that spit up e...
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February
07,
2017
When you get past the tabloid headlines and celebrity name, Maddie Spears is yet another young child critically injured operating an ATV. The 8-year-old daughter of Jamie Lynn, and the niece of Brittany Spears, swerved to dodge a drainage ditch on...
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February
06,
2017
Every parent has experienced a similar moment: You’re at the grocery store with your toddler and run into an old college roommate, a high school friend’s mom or a former neighbor. As you’re filling your acquaintance in on the past few years, you real...
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February
03,
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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February
01,
2017
Vomiting. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Vomiting. Diarrhea ... When these are the main complaints on my patient schedule, I know it’s probably norovirus time.  A quick look at the stats confirms my suspicions. At Cook Children’s, we've seen 393 children ...
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January
31,
2017
Three years ago this month, I was on the farm at Canine Assistants being paired with Ralph Lauren, a goofy golden retriever with a fluffy tail and a giant smile. Each year since then I remember and reflect on Ralph's "gotcha day," and what it was lik...
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January
30,
2017
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is once again recommending that parents stop the use of homeopathic teething tabs and gels over concerns of adverse events, including seizures, in babies following their use. The FDA's lab found inconsist amm...
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January
26,
2017
Time and time again, studies have shown that sugary beverages have been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. So why are parents still letting their kids consume these drinks that can be so dangerous to their children's health? The Center...
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January
25,
2017
Should you buy a newborn baby respiratory monitor? Will it give you peace of mind? Will it prevent a bad outcome in your child?The answer is probably…no and no.Newborn technology innovation is driven largely by cashing in on the fears of parents. ...
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January
24,
2017
Finally, the flu season has arrived at Cook Children’s. From Jan. 15  to Jan. 21, 427 patients were tested for the flu, with 100 testing positive for Influenza A and five for Influenza B. The CDC says influenza activity is slowly and steadily i...
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January
19,
2017
Did you know that about 30 million children in the U.S. participate in an organized sport program? Sporting activities are a great form of exercise that help with team building skills and promote confidence in youth, but they also pose a great risk t...
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