Checkup Newsroom (Children)

2018
January
16,
2018
It's winter time and our medical center is seeing a lot of viral triggered asthma admitted to Cook Children's.  "One of the triggers of asthma symptoms are respiratory viruses and we are seeing a large number of those driving people to access Emer...
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January
15,
2018
We don’t see much snow or even the old “wintery mix” in Texas, so when we do there’s a good bet your kids will want to head outside. Dressing your children appropriately when the mercury plunges is particularly important. Failing to do so can resu...
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January
12,
2018
With three boys in a house, ranging from 7 years old to 6 months, the Slaydons knew about the importance of child-proofing their home. After all, they’d already seen one rough and tumble boy try to wreck the house and put everything in his mouth, ...
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January
09,
2018
For most of the first 20 years of his life, Michael Jankowiak never played ball or even owned a toy. His debilitating cerebral palsy wadded his fingers into a tight fist. He barely moved his hands, except to drive his electric wheel chair. Then, d...
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January
09,
2018
Lynn Jankowiak wonders where her son Michael would be without the benefits provided by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Michael, who is 24 now, stopped moving his extremities at the age of 18 months and was diagnosed with a debilita...
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January
09,
2018
This year’s flu vaccine effectiveness has been questioned. “Should I even bother getting the vaccine,” I get asked. “Yes. You should definitely still get your child’s flu vaccine.” Here’s why. Is it going to be a bad flu season? Widesp...
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January
08,
2018
One of the most common illnesses pediaricians see is called bronchiolitis. Lots of viruses can cause bronchiolitis, but one of the most well known is RSV. While flu has been receiving much of the media's attention, I thought this would be a great ...
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January
04,
2018
Last week, 1,118 children were tested for the flu at Cook Children’s. Of those kids, 429 tested positive (380 for Influenza A and 49 for Influenza B). With that many kids sick in our area, expect longer wait times if you take your child to the Eme...
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2017
December
28,
2017
As she watched her 9 year old struggle to learn a new soccer move in the backyard, Vanessa Charette, M.D., realized she was watching her son grow up right in front of her eyes. I felt myself learning more about being a parent,” Dr. Charette, a Coo...
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December
21,
2017
The holidays are a magical time for children. But what happens when your kids stop believing in the magic, especially in the jolly old man in the red suit? Lena Zettler, MA, LPA, director of Psychology at Cook Children’s Medical Center, said that ...
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December
20,
2017
A jet explodes into flames. Dastardly villains capture a Cook Children’s oncologist, take her away and tie her up at a nearby helicopter. All hope seems lost, until an urgent call is placed to a grade school in Grand Prairie, Texas on an otherwise...
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December
20,
2017
Doctors agree that nothing fights off the flu better than the vaccine, including all children 6 months and older. And thanks to new recommendations, based on research, that includes children who are allergic to eggs. A study by the Center...
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December
06,
2017
A new study shows the importance and possibly life-changing impact of losing weight in controlling Type 2 diabetes. In a paper published in the Lancet, UK researchers found that people with diabetes went into remission after participating in a rigoro...
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December
05,
2017
Are we ready for the upcoming flu season? Only time will tell for sure, but a new article published in The New England Journal of Medicine makes the case for a potentially severe influenza season. The article explains that clinical experts have...
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Flu
November
28,
2017
“It’s better to give than receive.” Easier said than done for most kids, right? Especially, when they know all those presents will be underneath the tree very soon. So, how do you make your kids appreciate the true meaning of the season? ...
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November
21,
2017
The Girl Scouts of America sent an important message to families – parents should not force their children to give hugs to anyone during the holidays. The blog post to girlscouts.org seems all the more timely and important because of the many alle...
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November
20,
2017
Here’s something NOT to be thankful for this week – the flu has arrived in our area. Just in time to travel for the Thanksgiving holidays, 23 kids tested positive for the flu (20 Influenza A, 3 Influenza B) last week (November 12-18). That’s the m...
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November
17,
2017
More than 65 million people in the world live with epilepsy and every one of those people have their own story. When Scott Perry, M.D., an epileptologist and medical director of Neurology, talks about his patients, the one word that comes up over ...
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November
16,
2017
“What happened to his legs?” My 4 year old blurted this out with her finger pointed toward a man in a wheelchair. My mom intercepted and gently whispered, “It’s not kind to point.” The gentleman smiled and graciously nodded toward my mom indicatin...
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November
15,
2017
Cook Children’s is one step closer to launching a Targeted Therapeutics Program, opening the door to the most advanced and promising clinical trials available to pediatric cancer patients. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded a $60,151 infrastru...
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November
14,
2017
Diabetes is a tough disease for anyone, but females with diabetes face their own challenges. Both girls and boys can be develop Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, but only females have to be concerned with a type of diabetes that begins during pregnancy....
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November
13,
2017
The other day I went on vacation. We went over THERE. I enjoyed it because we did THIS and THAT. There was one activity where my son caught the THING and did THIS to it. We couldn’t stop laughing, but eventually we helped him get THAT over THERE. Unf...
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November
10,
2017
Christine Oehlert isn’t exactly the kind of person you might imagine holding one of the highest-ranking positions in the military. She’s a self-described caretaker, wife and mother of two. She’s not gruff and you won’t hear her spouting off war stori...
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November
06,
2017
You may be surprised to learn that 1 in 26 people in the world will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. Despite those numbers, so much mystery still remains about this neurological disorder that can affect people of all ages. Many...
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November
06,
2017
Scott Perry, M.D., sighs and takes a deep breath when thinking about the teenagers with epilepsy he treats at Cook Children's Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center. "Older kids are the worst. They are invincible when they are teenagers and now...
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November
02,
2017
As you watch your little one walking or running during play, you may ask yourself, “Is my child falling too much?” Children initially begin to walk between the ages of 12 and 15 months. In the early stages of walking, you may notice your child “wa...
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October
26,
2017
Today, President Donald Trump announced that he would direct his Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. The announcement is not a surprise by any means for caregivers at Cook Chil...
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October
25,
2017
Let’s talk about periods. Aunt Flo. The Red Tide. Shark Week. I know. Everyone’s favorite topic. If you have a daughter, I know it’s crossed your mind. "Is my kiddo’s body normal?" "This seems too young!" "What if she has questions?" "How do...
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October
18,
2017
Dark circles under the eyes. If there is one sign on a child that parents believe is the harbinger of all awful, deadly, and scary things...it's dark circles under the eyes. Let me make you feel better. Dark circles under a child's eyes are usu...
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October
16,
2017
Captain America runs to the young boy in trouble. Our hero hands the boy his shield. He boy smiles and then Captain America jumps in his jet and flies the boy to safety. “And then he had the audacity to tell me his favorite superhero was Superman!...
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