Checkup Newsroom (news)
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
22,
2017
An ear infection isn’t likely to stop your child from wanting to get in the pool and swim. But as the parent you may be wondering, “Can my child go swimming with an ear infection?” That’s a question we hear quite a bit, so we thought we check with...
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June
21,
2017
By Ashley Parrott Miami Robertson was a 14-year-old high school athlete with debilitating asthma, or so she thought. It wasn’t until her friend noticed Miami’s breathing problems and a sunken chest that she was diagnosed with pectus excavatum. ...
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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
Let's learn something about ... DEET! DEET gets a pretty bad rap. In a day and age where people are pushing for the more "natural" approaches to prevention and medical care, DEET seems to be the least natural thing out there, right? You know wh...
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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
15,
2017
It can be difficult to imagine what you will find when you walk into the emergency room with your kiddo. Chances are you’ve debated coming, but it’s Friday night and you’ve hoped all day that your child would start to feel better. The weekend is fast...
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June
12,
2017
Do children who drink cow’s milk grow to be taller than those who drink other types of milk? Yes, according to a new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers say children who consumed milk from alternative sources, such a...
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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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June
09,
2017
Over the next couple of months, your child will get more tick bites and tickborne diseases than any other time of the year. But there are steps you can take to protect your little one from not only the annoyance of a bite, but the diseases caused by ...
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June
08,
2017
Dry drowning has been in the news quite a bit lately, but how much are your kids really at risk? Few of the emergency and pediatric intensive care unit physicians at Cook Children’s have seen a case of dry downing. Cook Children’s Trauma registry ...
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June
07,
2017
Have you noticed all the wild mushrooms that popped up in your yard after heavy rains? Chances are, even if you haven’t, your kids probably have and that could mean trouble for them. ...
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June
06,
2017
On the top floor of the brand new South Tower building at Cook Children’s Medical Center sits a facility most people will never see. The doors are locked from inside and out. The only access granted comes with the swipe of a badge. This is the Rees-J...
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June
05,
2017
A new study has found that babies sleep longer if they don’t sleep in the same bedroom as their parents. The research, published in the July 2017 of Pediatrics, found “that room-sharing with infants at ages 4 months and 9 months was associated with l...
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June
02,
2017
Your child has a routine cold and all the symptoms that come with it: fever, sore throat and sneezing. But does your kiddo need an antibiotic? It may surprise you to find out the answer is no. ...
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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
23,
2017
“Still I Rise.” On those mornings when Erin Hale hurts more than any 17 year old should, she looks at her left wrist and those three words inspire her to get up out of bed. ...
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May
22,
2017
A new study shows the harm products such as Q-tips can do to a child’s ear. The article published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that almost three dozen children go to a hospital emergency department in the U.S. as a result of using cotton-tip...
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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
19,
2017
I want to tell you why you should never go down a slide with a child in your lap. I'm gonna get my sweet little buddy Carson here to help me. ...
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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
16,
2017
Already this month, eight kids have been brought to Cook Children’s after getting hit by a car, including one child who died. From May 1 to 15, six children were admitted to Cook Children’s and two were treated and released from the Emergency Depa...
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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
07,
2017
Today’s students have greater demands than ever before, with homework and a greater emphasis on scoring high on standardized tests like the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Parents can help by making sure that children pla...
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