Checkup Newsroom (Doc Smitty)

2019
May
28,
2019
Warts are the worst. They can be very ugly. They can cause pain if they’re in a tough spot. They can last forever. Because of this, I’ve seen families try just about anything and everything to treat them. But what actually works? Many war...
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May
14,
2019
So, your baby is 1 year old and everything is changing …They are starting to take a few steps and babbling a ton (maybe even saying a word or two). Just when you thought you had this all figured out, everything changes. They were doing great, brea...
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May
10,
2019
Out of 25 counties in the U.S. with the highest risk for a measles outbreak, Tarrant County ranks number 12 according to research published in the latest edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases. To identify the hot spots, researchers from the Un...
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April
12,
2019
My 8 year old asks about once a week, “Dad, when can I start my YouTube channel?” And, I’m pretty sure my freshly minted 10 year old will soon be asking about his own Twitter, Instagram or YouTube account soon. I realize this is a tricky situation...
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March
01,
2019
Have you heard about the Momo Challenge? Probably by now you have. But if you haven't, there's a good chance your kids have. It's the latest viral sensation freaking everyone out. But should you be concerned? And is it even real? Here are a few of...
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2018
August
27,
2018
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Texas is among 18 states that allow families to opt out of vaccines for personal or moral beliefs. The Morning News reports that Plano, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston all ranked among the 15...
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July
26,
2018
Families asking questions about going gluten free are a more frequent occurrence in my office lately. So, are gluten free foods better for your child? The answer is… Complicated. It depends on your child. Gluten is a protein found in whea...
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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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March
06,
2018
Over time, various concerns about vaccines have been brought up. Basically the way it happens is like this … someone comes up with a theory as to why vaccines might be a cause of autism. The scientific community starts to complete studies to determin...
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February
21,
2018
Did you hear early in the season how the flu vaccine was worthless and only going to have about 10 percent effectiveness? You probably did, but hopefully that didn't prevent you from getting your child's flu vaccine. New data from the CDC sugge...
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February
20,
2018
As if there weren’t enough choices for formula in the newborn period…now we have to decide if our toddler needs formula too? Most pediatricians recommend breastfeeding as the primary source of fluid intake for up to one year of age (even longer is...
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February
08,
2018
Are you panicked about the flu? How do you know if your kid is getting worse? What about all these kids getting really sick, even dying? Here's what I've been saying all day, every day in my office this week. 1. Healthy kids who get sick from t...
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February
06,
2018
If you aren’t crazy about Tamiflu, I get it. Except for in specific cases, I’m not either. But I’ve been asked about some other treatment options. Do they work? Are they safe? When it comes to “alternative” medications, I try to keep an open mi...
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January
26,
2018
Kanmushi is a described syndrome in traditional Japanese medicine that is said to be linked to an insatiable desire for sugar and “insomnia, crying, irritability, bad mood, night terrors, biting people, biting nails, abdominal bloating due to over-ea...
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January
26,
2018
Have you ever noticed a prominent blue vein across your child’s nose? Maybe you thought it was no big deal. Maybe you heard something about it that made you worry. Here are 4 facts about sugar bugs that you should know: 1.Prominent veins are...
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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
03,
2018
The holidays are over, but the flu season has arrived … early. Last week, 1,118 patients were tested for the flu at Cook Children’s and 429 tested positive (380 for Flu A and another 49 for Flu B). Get your flu shot (go ahead, it’s not too late...
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2017
December
18,
2017
"Teething - aka the devil - is so hard." I know Serena, babies are hard to read. As I read Serena Williams' tweets and the struggles she's going through with her baby my heart went out to her. There were times in my own parenting journey where ...
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December
07,
2017
A news story out of Phoenix serves as a tragic reminder to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Alani Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother, died only two days after she began feeling ill from the flu, according to the Washington Post. Her youn...
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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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September
15,
2017
It wasn't rehab for drug addiction or a mental breakdown after her break-up with Justin Bieber that caused Selena Gomez to step out of the spotlight in December 2013. In an interview with Billboard published October 8, she reveals that her time he...
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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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July
31,
2017
“Babies eat, sleep, poop and cry. And they usually cry because they need to eat, sleep or poop.” – Will Shudde, M.D. Most of you won’t know Dr. Shudde, but he’s the first doctor I ever shadowed during the summer between my second and third year...
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July
07,
2017
Our Genetics team, Cook Children's Clinical and Metabolic Genetics Center, does not routinely schedule patients for genetic evaluation due to MTHFR concerns, as there are two polymorphisms that are common in this gene which are not usually problemati...
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March
27,
2017
Constipation in children is common. It affects 30 percent of kids at some point in their life, is usually short lived and not severe. Most people call this functional constipation (despite how functional or dysfunctional you feel in the midst of it)....
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March
14,
2017
Our previous story on MiraLax received quite a bit of attention from our readers. If you missed the first story, please check it out here. Now for some constipation and Miralax AMA responses: 1.Is short term use of MiraLax for a colonoscopy OK?...
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March
09,
2017
It can be tempting to turn on the tablet and let it entertain the kids while you travel. But just like at home, screen time needs to be approached with balance. “While it’s all right to let children watch some kid-safe programming while you travel...
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February
28,
2017
Constipation is an incredibly frustrating problem for children and their families. Having a child with stomach pain, pain with stooling and even bloody stools because of constipation is very frustrating. Several treatment options are available but...
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February
13,
2017
Trying to decide if a cough is dangerous or not? Requires a doctor’s visit or not? Requires treatment or not? It can be really hard to determine the cause of a cough just because of the sound. But here are some different types of coughs and the cl...
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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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