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2020
October
26,
2020
| 08:33 AM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s Health Care System has been named to this year’s 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list curated by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This is the first year for Cook Children’s to make the list and comes after a recent enhan...
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October
26,
2020
| 08:30 AM America/Chicago
Megan Mansfield’s Adoption Story “Congratulations. You’ve been chosen to be the mother of a beautiful baby girl.” Excited. Shocked. Joyful. Overwhelmed. I imagine most people would have similar feelings upon hearing those words, especially when...
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October
21,
2020
| 10:32 AM America/Chicago
Like so many children and teenagers, 15-year-old Emma’s struggle with bullying is lifelong. She compares being picked on by classmates since kindergarten to losing part of her childhood. One day in 7th grade, Emma came home especially upset about ...
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October
20,
2020
| 13:37 PM America/Chicago
By Michelle Bailey, MD First of all, families need to discuss risks and benefits of traveling by car or plane. I understand the desire to see your grandparents at Thanksgiving and Christmas. My own Grandma is in an assisted living center and I hav...
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October
19,
2020
| 10:24 AM America/Chicago
Man…it’s going to be a doozy of a winter. And while I’m confident that we’ll get through it together, I need your help. Ruling out COVID-19 for kids with symptoms (some mild, some more severe) has become the biggest reason for kids visiting our...
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October
15,
2020
| 11:02 AM America/Chicago
Today is Global Handwashing Day, and thanks to the pandemic, this observation has never felt more imperative. “It’s important to wash your hands before and after you eat, it’s important to wash your hands after you go to the bathroom,” said Mary S...
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October
14,
2020
| 07:50 AM America/Chicago
October is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month, which aims to inform the public about the many ways in which people communicate using communication devices. ...
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October
13,
2020
| 10:54 AM America/Chicago
COVID-19 cases are increasing at Cook Children’s Medical Center and across North Texas. As of Oct. 12, the number of patients who have tested positive reached 1,657, with four of those patients currently in the hospital. Pediatric cases of COVI...
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October
06,
2020
| 10:45 AM America/Chicago
With COVID-19 still circulating in North Texas, now is the time to start planning alternative Halloween activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is discouraging trick-or-treating nationwide, calling it a high-risk activity ...
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October
01,
2020
| 15:01 PM America/Chicago
Throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, Cook Children’s has made every effort to keep you safe while following the latest guidelines provided to us from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and other governing bodies. The latest change be...
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September
25,
2020
| 12:32 PM America/Chicago
With kids going back to school, new questions are coming up on when kids should be tested for COVID-19 and when they can return to school. Keep in mind there are some conflicting and confusing pieces of advice out there and this is only promised t...
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September
22,
2020
| 15:40 PM America/Chicago
Ever since Aiden Yielding was first diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), his family has been his personal hype team. The 14 year old was diagnosed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, around the same time hospital visitation policie...
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September
22,
2020
| 14:42 PM America/Chicago
An alarming rate of children are purposefully harming themselves and ending up at Cook Children’s Medical Center. In August, 29 patients were admitted to the hospital after attempting suicide. This marks the third worst month since at least 2015. ...
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September
16,
2020
| 12:38 PM America/Chicago
By John M. Robertson, M.D. Moderate to severe asthma is a possible risk factor for severe COVID-19 disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But a COVID-19 infection can cause a flare up of even mild asthma. COVID-19 is ...
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September
16,
2020
| 11:46 AM America/Chicago
For more than six years, Cook Children’s online newsroom has provided the latest in pediatric health news to more than 16 million people in 230 different countries. But during all that time, the team behind the scenes felt they had more to accompl...
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September
15,
2020
| 12:32 PM America/Chicago
Being a new parent is hard. Being a new parent today is even harder. With the limitation of visitors, changes to doctor’s offices, and lack of ability to get out of the house (among many other challenges), being a parent in COVID-times is causi...
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September
14,
2020
| 14:50 PM America/Chicago
After battling fevers for three months, Isabel and Ignacio Rodriguez took their son Matt to his local pediatrician. His physician took blood work and consulted with Cook Children’s oncologist Kenneth Heym, M.D. “His pediatrician said he didn’t loo...
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September
12,
2020
| 12:35 PM America/Chicago
Generally, I’m not too concerned about the exact number of your child’s temperature. “Felt warm” is usually more than enough for me to know my kid has a fever. But, like many things in medicine, that has changed in the world of COVID-19. Ma...
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September
11,
2020
| 12:11 PM America/Chicago
Our School-Based Virtual Health program is bringing the expertise of Cook Children's pediatrics to schools throughout the area. It's fast, easy and convenient. The school nurse simply connects virtually to a Cook Children's board certified pediatrici...
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September
10,
2020
| 15:41 PM America/Chicago
Fifteen years ago, I accepted my first job out of college at Cook Children’s. I never dreamed that this anniversary would fall during a pandemic. This has been one of the most challenging experiences to date as a parent and as a human, but I have sur...
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September
10,
2020
| 15:14 PM America/Chicago
By Michelle Bailey, M.D. It’s a common question to ask your pediatrician. "What is the daily calorie need of your infant or child?" Here’s a chart that covers the normal daily calorie need to sustain healthy growth. Average weight and lengths a...
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September
10,
2020
| 09:57 AM America/Chicago
The number of patients treated for gunshot injuries at Cook Children’s is on the rise, and experts fear the trend may continue with a recent surge of firearm sales. A Fort Worth child under the age of 5 became the hospital’s 23rd gunshot wound patien...
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September
08,
2020
| 13:54 PM America/Chicago
For two nurse residents at Cook Children’s, walking a mile in a patient’s shoes isn’t too hard to imagine because they’ve been there, or rather, here. Jason Schilder and Emily Whitworth have both experienced life as a patient at Cook Children’s. In f...
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September
04,
2020
| 12:36 PM America/Chicago
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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September
03,
2020
| 14:57 PM America/Chicago
Many parents know TikTok videos are a popular way teens are passing the time these days. However, they may not realize the social media platform has a dark side, and some content may be outright dangerous. Three teens were treated at Cook Children...
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September
01,
2020
| 12:34 PM America/Chicago
Scott Carlton is an 11-year-old Arlington boy who typically smiles with his whole face, loudly giggles contagious belly laughs and always enjoys applause and music. But by July 14, Scotty’s bodily systems started to shut down or go haywire, one by...
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September
01,
2020
| 11:11 AM America/Chicago
By Ashley Parrott Widespread change due to the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the nation, which has left many parents struggling to keep essential appointments with, not only their physicians, but with behavioral health specialists as well. Parents a...
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September
01,
2020
| 10:08 AM America/Chicago
We know questions about COVID-19 are at the top of every parent's mind. To provide the most up-to-date information regarding symptoms, testing and going back to school, we've compiled and answered some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs). ...
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August
27,
2020
| 13:32 PM America/Chicago
By Michelle Bailey, M.D. It’s natural for parents to want to protect their children when they are distressed. But when it comes to anxiety, taking kids out of anxiety-provoking situations may not always be the right answer. In fact, we should m...
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August
24,
2020
| 14:24 PM America/Chicago
By Diane Arnaout, M.D. Well…there’s no doubt about it. 2020 is going down in the record books as a real dumpster fire of a year. We have a new enemy. The novel coronavirus has slithered its unpredictable and sometimes deadly tentacles into ever...
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