Checkup Newsroom (news)
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
16,
2017
A new year means a very busy time for students and parents to start buying school supplies and school clothes for the new school year. One piece of equipment, which is often overlooked, is the essential backpack.  Does your child look like one of ...
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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
11,
2017
Following the tragic death of a 9-month-old  baby, Child Protective Services says the home he was staying at was not a licensed daycare. CBS DFW, Channel 11 says CPS is investigating the woman who left the child unattended in a car seat to see if she...
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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
09,
2017
Anyone who has ever heard of Munchausen syndrome by proxy has probably asked themselves the same questions: Why in the world would a mother want to hurt her own child? And how does a child end up receiving unnecessary medical procedures? Don’t ...
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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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August
04,
2017
Startling statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the suicide rate among teenage girls has hit a 40-year high. According to data released Thursday, suicide rates doubled among girls and increased more than 30 perc...
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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
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
27,
2017
On June 20, 2016, 15 minutes into her warm-up for swim practice, teammates found Elise Cerami unresponsive at the bottom of a pool. A little over a year since her death, one of Elise’s swim coaches, Tracey Anne Boyd, 49, has been indicted on a cha...
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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
21,
2017
Your kids have been cooped up all summer playing video games and now they want to go outside and play finally.  But are they ready for the hottest part of the year? Locally, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that remains i...
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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
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
17,
2017
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) reported today the first West Nile Virus-associated death of the 2017 season. The death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions. Additional details are not being released due to privacy laws. ...
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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
13,
2017
The father of two little girls taken to Cook Children’s after a non-fatal drowning incident says even when you think you are doing everything right, something terrible can go wrong. The family, which has requested to remain anonymous, shared their...
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July
12,
2017
Keeping up with social media is not easy if you’re a parent. As quickly as you get a handle on whatever device or outlet your child’s looking at, something new comes along. Usually your kids know about what’s new in social media long before you ev...
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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
Special Note: 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 usua...
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July
03,
2017
Since 2011, 24 kids have been treated at Cook Children's following a near drowning during the Fourth of July Weekend. The safety experts at Cook Children’s say kids can’t afford anything less than 100 percent adult supervision at the pool at all t...
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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
29,
2017
A friend tagged you on Facebook to read an article. Your child has been sick and the story seems to match her illness. But is it accurate? New research from Ogilvy, an advertising, marketing and public relations agency  found that reporters and ed...
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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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