Checkup Newsroom (Children)

2019
June
03,
2019
Hot weather and summer vacation means Texas kids are headed to the water. Sadly, it also means more opportunity for tragedy. Summer has barely begun and Cook Children's has already seen 24 children at the medical center this year for drowning,...
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May
02,
2019
The mosquitos are out there. And obviously they like to feast on me (see my gorgeous, itchy leg to the right). So I'm right there with you trying to figure out the best next steps. Let’s talk about the satisfaction of avoiding the world’s most ann...
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March
11,
2019
The deaths of two children who drowned in bathtubs this month are amplifying a key message at Cook Children's: lifeguard your child, even in the bathtub.   First, a 3-year-old child from Decatur, Texas died in early March after being left alone in...
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January
15,
2019
The other night my son absolutely insisted on mac and cheese (one of his few, uh, acceptable entrees). And it couldn’t be that “healthy” natural organic kind. It had to be the neon orange kind. He’s sensitive to colors and textures and can spot that ...
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January
15,
2019
Meals should be a happy and pleasant childhood experience. In our busy lives, it might be one of the few times when we all slow down and check in with one another. But I hear from my patient families all the time that it's anything but relaxing. ...
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2018
September
18,
2018
Along with routine questions about your child’s diet, growth and development, more and more pediatricians are asking children difficult questions about depression and thoughts about suicide. Kristen Pyrc, M.D., co-medical director of Psychiatry at...
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July
19,
2018
A new study shows that too often, doctors and Advance Practice Providers (Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants) prescribe an antibiotic as an answer to all needs. But the truth is that those rampant prescriptions may be causing more harm than...
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June
11,
2018
Because we are part of the Cook Children's Health System, we are also uniquely positioned to care for those children coping with mental health as well as chronic physical conditions or diagnoses. Click here to learn more about our Behavioral Health C...
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May
25,
2018
Hello, friends! Summer is nearly here! Let's quickly hit some of the most common questions I get around this time of year - about sunscreen, DEET, and life jackets. 1. Sunscreen: Use it! Even on a cloudy, not-very-hot day! 80% of the sun's ...
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March
28,
2018
The new government spending package includes money to pay for GPS tracking devices for families affected by autism. Kevin & Avonte’s Law will give $2 million annually until 2022 for grants to local law enforcement and nonprofit agencies. The money...
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February
08,
2018
It’s time to watch the world compete on the Olympic stage. I don’t know about you, but I am excited! I am a certified Olympic nut, and, as a former snowboard instructor, the winter Olympics may be my very favorite. It is likely the only thing that...
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February
05,
2018
We always get plenty of phone calls about vomiting during this time of year. The causes of vomiting can be many as it can be a major symptom of several different conditions. Here are some common scenarios for which we have parents call our office:...
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2017
October
06,
2017
We mustache you a question. Do you think developing your child's sense of humor is important? It is. Lettuce explain. We've all been told laughter is the best medicine, but have we really considered the social, emotional and health benefits ...
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September
13,
2017
Thanks to Senate Bill 1566, you will now know if someone in your child’s classroom has head lice. The bill requires school nurses to notify parents within 48 hours if their child or a classmate has been identified to have head lice. Along with ...
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September
08,
2017
I think that human beings are drawn to see uniqueness in our surroundings. We make note of differences and often form quick impressions about what we see. Difference in height from person to person, for instance, is one feature that easily stands out...
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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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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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June
16,
2017
Frank McGehee, M.D., may surprise you when it comes to his parenting tips as a father of four biological children and two step kids – he puts all of the children second. Dr. McGehee, seen here with his daughter Brigid, became a stepfather of two y...
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May
24,
2017
Do you or your kids get canker sores? We doctors call them "aphthous ulcers" because we cannot use names in medicine that are easily pronounceable. Come on. ...
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May
05,
2017
With the warmer weather, it’s time to go outside with your kids. In our area, MayFest is this weekend! But before you go out, be sure to pull out the sunscreen as you head out for the fun! Here are a few things to remember: 1. We recommend s...
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April
12,
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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April
07,
2017
We’re not breaking up…..are we? Have you ever gotten to a point in doing something so much that you feel like you just need to take a break? No … I’m not talking about marriage. I’m talking more like working out. You know what I mean. You get t...
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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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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
27,
2017
What would you do if your child started having bloody tears? Often I write about things that most of you will deal with at some time or another. But, every now and then, something really interesting grabs my attention as something that you might f...
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January
17,
2017
It’s that time of the year when coughing, sneezing and sniffling noses are seemingly everywhere. If you’re like most parents, you have a stockpile of meds in a cabinet ready to deploy on the household. But there’s one you should skip – cough medicine...
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2016
November
09,
2016
Children can run, jump and play for hours and may not share complaints – particularly when their tummies, heads or knees hurt – until after the fun is over. One of the first things I like to know when ascertaining the seriousness of a child’s cond...
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November
03,
2016
“We try to put her on her tummy to play, but she just cries! It breaks my heart!” I hear this almost daily as a pediatric physical therapist. However, tummy time is more important than ever these days. Our babies today tend to have more time on...
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October
19,
2016
These days many of kids' sporting associations, coaches and sometimes even parents seem to treat kids as little adults. However, kids are not just small adults. Children are still growing, which makes them more prone to injury. They also are developi...
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