Checkup Newsroom (Gradeschool)

2019
November
26,
2019
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
Germs are gross. Kids are gross. Germs and kids are doubly gross. As parents, we know this is true, especially during this time of year. The illness visits are piling up in my office and throughout the Cook Children's system. The days off sc...
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November
18,
2019
| 06:14 PM America/Chicago
Last week, Nov. 17-23, 2019, 826 patients were tested for the flu, with 210 testing positive for the flu (197 Flu B, 13 Flu A) and 209 more testing postive for RSV. ...
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November
05,
2019
| 09:37 PM America/Chicago
When you live with a child, almost every day's unpredictable, and sometimes those adventures land your child in an Emergency Department (ED) or an Urgent Care Center (UCC). While Cook Children's provides quality care at the Emergency Department lo...
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October
22,
2019
| 05:43 PM America/Chicago
Your child comes home from school or daycare with a note alerting you to a case of hand, foot and mouth disease. You grab your phone and type in a few keywords and are immediately overwhelmed with the wealth of information on the internet. So, ...
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October
17,
2019
| 06:21 PM America/Chicago
Suicide rates among young people rose at an alarming rate in the U.S. between 2007 and 2017, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found: That suicides increased by 56% during the 10-year sp...
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October
16,
2019
| 09:40 PM America/Chicago
“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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October
04,
2019
| 06:49 PM America/Chicago
By Cindi Coker Ever found yourself  Coming and Going?? Mommy Memory Failing?? Brain on Overload?? Well, I find myself there VERY often, not only because I am a mom of twin 15-year-old boys but as a mom of a severely handicapped child. Most woul...
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October
03,
2019
| 05:45 PM America/Chicago
Fortunately, chest pain in kids is rarely their heart but here are 5 signs that you should be worried about: The pain is "crushing" or pressing down. There are other symptoms like passing out, nausea or skipping/racing heartbeats. The pain is ...
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September
18,
2019
| 08:41 PM America/Chicago
With unseasonably warm weather hovering in the mid-90s, most Texans probably aren’t thinking about the cold and flu season right around the corner. And only time will tell for sure, but some indicators lean toward a potentially severe influenza se...
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September
13,
2019
| 05:13 PM America/Chicago
As the parents of six, Dave and Jeanie Caselman have mastered the art of handling whatever life throws at them. Whether it’s school events, sports, graduating from high school or starting college, they thought they had experienced it all with the...
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September
11,
2019
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
It’s that time of year again. With flu season upon us, many parents are breaking the news to their kids that it’s time for “a shot.” It’s also a time you likely dread as much as your kids, knowing how helpless you feel when they are anxious and yo...
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September
04,
2019
| 09:21 PM America/Chicago
By Daron Aldridge For Heather Giattini, RN, Cook Children’s holds a special place in her heart. Less than two years ago her two-and-a-half year son, Brooks, had his first open-heart surgery to address his aortic stenosis (a narrowing of the he...
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September
04,
2019
| 04:56 PM America/Chicago
The last thing Shelly Ogle wanted to do this early in the morning was wait on the phone. The day ahead was already filled with taking care of her daughter Winslow, who hadn't even taken her four medications during the day because of her medical co...
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September
03,
2019
| 08:41 PM America/Chicago
The numbers seemed too good to be true. A pool drowning death had not been reported at Cook Children’s throughout the summer of 2019. Even as the summer was winding down, every member of the Emergency Department knew a fatal drowning could still h...
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August
28,
2019
| 06:15 PM America/Chicago
By Alice Phillips, M.D. As a pediatrician, I have been lucky to practice medicine in the post-vaccine era. Although I have watched kids struggle with whooping cough, meningitis, mumps and pneumonia, I am happy to say I have never seen many of the ...
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August
27,
2019
| 11:21 PM America/Chicago
"He's having difficulty breathing" is a statement that can mean a million things, including something as simple as a stuffy nose...because it can be difficult to breathe through a stuffy nose. But when I call  a nurse to help me because this child is...
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August
14,
2019
| 05:10 PM America/Chicago
Getting ready for a new school year means more than new school supplies and shoes for kids with epilepsy. For these kids and their caregivers, it also means making sure school staff are ready if a child has a seizure while at school. Making a scho...
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August
07,
2019
| 11:16 PM America/Chicago
In the summer of 1990 I was about to turn 17 and preparing for my senior year of high school. I was enrolled in Drivers Ed and thinking about which colleges I should apply. All normal events in any teenage life. Except that summer, my 22-year old sis...
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August
06,
2019
| 10:31 PM America/Chicago
You’re starting to see it everywhere …”Back to School!” I can’t believe that summer is almost over. The lazy, less structured days have flown by and my kids are beginning to ask all the questions: “Who is my teacher going to be?” “Will my friend be i...
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August
06,
2019
| 06:26 PM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s Emergency Department has seen eight snake bites this year and 35 in 2018. As a physician assistant in the ED, Phillip Ray has treated some of those cases, but he never imagined he would one day be on the other end of antivenom. For...
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August
05,
2019
| 09:23 PM America/Chicago
In less than 24 hours, two mass shootings devastated the communities of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Sadly, these heartbreaking occurrences no longer shock us. But that doesn’t make these events any easier to talk about with our children, esp...
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August
01,
2019
| 09:07 PM America/Chicago
Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County Childhood Vaccine Assessment Tool (CDC) American Cancer Society and HPV Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cook Children’s Vaccines and Immunizations Immunization Action Coalition National ...
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July
31,
2019
| 05:50 PM America/Chicago
For pediatrician Dr. Halley Hogan, news of Cook Children's expansion into east Denton County is a welcomed relief. She sees patients daily at her growing office on Prosper Trail, some with medical needs more complex than what a primary care office li...
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July
26,
2019
| 05:28 PM America/Chicago
Did you know that about 30 million children in the U.S. participate in an organized sport program? Sporting activities are a great form of exercise that help with team building skills and promote confidence in youth, but they also pose a great risk t...
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July
23,
2019
| 04:31 PM America/Chicago
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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July
23,
2019
| 04:30 PM America/Chicago
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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July
23,
2019
| 04:28 PM America/Chicago
I decided to tackle the subject of essential oils. I know many people out there are firm believers in how effective they are. So before I approached this topic, I did some pretty significant research into what is out there on the use of oils in child...
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July
22,
2019
| 06:10 PM America/Chicago
What sounds more refreshing right now than a trip to the pool or a water park? While these popular summer spots are a great way to beat the summer heat, they can pose a danger to anyone not wearing shoes. “Children often forget that the pavemen...
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July
18,
2019
| 11:47 PM America/Chicago
By Ashley Parrott Life as a parent with a child who has Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is already frightening enough, but could you imagine this diagnosis with two of your kids? Mykhia and Malik, now 11 and 12 years old, were diagnosed with SCD with...
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July
18,
2019
| 11:45 PM America/Chicago
By Katie Lawrence, CPNP & Kaci Osenga, M.D. Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) has been a board certified subspecialty in pediatrics sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2008. PPC has been a specialty service at Cook Children’s Medical...
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