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2018
November
07,
2018
RSV has arrived at Cook Children's. Last week, 78 kids tested positive for RSV, compared to only two who tested positive for Influenza A. RSV is a virus. It’s short for respiratory syncytial virus. It causes a disease in young children (especia...
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August
27,
2018
By now you may have seen the story of a confirmed case of measles at Plano West Senior High School.  Collin County Health Care Services sent out an advisory stating there was one confirmed case of this highly contagious disease and that anyone at ...
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March
07,
2018
The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a letter warning parents and cheerleaders from 39 states and nine counties that they may have been exposed to mumps at a cheerleading competition last month in Dallas.  The Dallas Morning Ne...
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2017
May
31,
2017
Some kids have a hard time going to sleep. No matter what time you set bed time, even with the perfect routine, they toss and turn and get out of bed for hours. What is a family to do? ...
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January
20,
2017
When our 18-month-old son, supposedly napping in his crib, came strolling into the kitchen, we realized it was probably time to make the transition to a “big-boy” bed (even though it was a little earlier than we had planned). Most children transit...
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2016
December
22,
2016
“His cough is sooo croupy!” When parents report a croupy cough, it means different things. Some parents call bad/deep/dry/wet/rattly coughs croupy. When I think of “croupy cough,” I mean “barky” like a dog or a seal. We are seeing quite a bit o...
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November
22,
2016
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be around any unvaccinated children. Well, the parents of her other...
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November
10,
2016
1. All ear pain is an ear infection. Ear pain can be caused by many different factors. Often kids just play with or point to their ears. If the child is otherwise cranky, sick or not sleeping well, parents will assume there is an ear infection. Ho...
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September
16,
2016
Teething. Every kid goes though it and yet, it’s universally misunderstood. Poor teething. It gets blamed for just about everything and probably causes very few symptoms. I thought I would clear up some of these misconceptions and I asked Sheel...
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July
01,
2016
Baby frogs like funny dogs. Baby hogs like daddy’s dogs. That’s how I remembered this: Blood, frogs, lice, flies, disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, death. You might ask, why was I learning the order of the plagues? Obviously, for a bi...
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January
11,
2016
The last week in my house has been terrible. Currently, I am the lone survivor of the war on Smith-Summertime-Flu-Like-Illness-2015. You name the symptom and someone in my family has had it: fever, cough, runny nose, congestion, headache, sore ...
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2015
December
15,
2015
Generally Child Protective Services is called to a home because someone notices bruising on a child or hears a story in which a witness suspects that a child is being abused. Last week, a Plano CPS agent responded to a different type of call after...
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November
09,
2015
There is not a topic in pediatric medicine that has more myths surrounding it than fevers. I hear statements like these: 1. “She must’ve been about 103 because she felt really hot.” Touching a child to determine if you should check their tem...
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October
01,
2015
Desperation or neglect, whatever the reason the story is devastating. In the wake a baby is dead and her mom has been charged with her murder. In addition, the baby’s dad has been charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to a child for diluting...
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August
04,
2015
It’s that time of year again, coaches are pressuring you for your child’s athletic forms and school nurses are sending out letters threatening that your children can’t start school until they have their shots. School physical season is one of my f...
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July
14,
2015
Your baby has turned blue while teething. Well, it is not from teething but it could be from the treatment you are using for it. Fever, congestion, diarrhea, fussiness, putting things in their mouth, not sleeping well, you name it and someone h...
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June
23,
2015
Today's "My Kid Minute" topic is diarrhea.  Watch the video below for five key facts about diarrhea that every parent needs to know in only a minute.  In today's video, Doc Smitty explains: What are the common causes? How long can it la...
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May
29,
2015
It’s midnight. You wake up with a tear-streaked face staring at you. “Mom, my legs hurt.” It wouldn’t be so concerning except that it’s happening four nights a week, for months. Right? So, what do you do? Watch The Doc Smitty in Cook Chil...
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May
18,
2015
Bites I’ve seen too many severe dog bites in my training to not mention bites first. The most common statement I hear about the dogs who bite is, “We just never thought he/she would do that.” Dogs can be a great addition to a family but use cau...
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May
14,
2015
Have a minute? The Doc Smitty discusses your kid's vomiting. Watch to learn the most common causes, the symptoms that are more concerning and how to keep your kid well hydrated. ...
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May
05,
2015
I’m not afraid to step into controversial pediatric topics. I’ve covered essential oils, HPV vaccination and many others. But I was surprised when I stepped into another HUGE controversy on my Facebook page a while back while discussing head lice....
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April
22,
2015
Give it to the Jenners, they sure know how to get attention. But right now 17-year-old Kylie Jenner may not be enjoying the spotlight as much as usual. A disturbing trend on social media, the #kyliejennerchallenge, has left some teenagers in pain ...
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April
07,
2015
"Breast is best." Advocating for breastfeeding is a big part of a pediatrician’s job in the first few months of life. We state the benefits of breastfeeding. We encourage families who are struggling and provide help with troubleshooting issues. We...
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April
07,
2015
When is a stomach bug not just a stomach bug? How do you know when it is something else or when it could be more dangerous? A report last week from the CDC described a cluster of infections caused by shigella, a bacteria that can cause severe d...
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April
02,
2015
What is ADHD? ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There are three core symptoms of ADHD: 1. Inattention 2. Impulsivity 3. Hyperactivity Inattention Inattention can present itself in many ways. Some of the mo...
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March
31,
2015
Track season is up and running and many of our junior high and high school athletes are training themselves to run faster and jump higher. Physical activity is clearly beneficial for our students. It can lead to increased health, decreased risky beha...
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March
26,
2015
How does one go about picking a pediatrician these days? If you want to start, visit Cook Children's guide to choosing a pediatrician. Then, go check out your doctor on healthgrades.com or vitals.com or any of the other rating sites you can find. ...
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March
24,
2015
Previously, I looked at the safety and research of essential oils and children. Today, I will answer more questions asked on my Facebook page. Effectiveness/General Use Do they really work or is it a mind over matter thing? I think that ther...
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March
17,
2015
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland retired yesterday after a very successful rookie season. He’s not hurt and had a presumably bright future in the NFL. Why did he retire? In light of the recent focus on repetitive trauma, concussi...
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March
15,
2015
I read the report on essential oils from the Tennesee poison center with great interest. The report said that reports of toxic exposure to essential oils doubled from 2011 to 2015. I've been interested in essential oils for a while now, beginning ...
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