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2018
June
12,
2018
Even though she talks about water safety on a daily basis, Dana Walraven still gasps at the tragic news of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter’s death. Media outlets report the little girl drowned in a neighbor’s pool over the week...
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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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June
07,
2018
What is Fifth disease? I have seen so much of this over the last month at Willow Park! So much so that I did some research to better inform our patients about this "fun" rash. I want to go over a few basics with you. Fifth disease, also known a...
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June
06,
2018
The summer has barely begun and we are already seeing a record number of drownings at Cook Children's. Despite repeated calls from experts to lifeguard your child, 19 children have been rushed to Cook Children's for drownings and four children hav...
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June
05,
2018
School’s out for summer! It’s time for playing at the park, swimming and catching lightning bugs. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when I see many office visits related to insect bites and their complications. It seems like no matter how hard I try ...
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May
29,
2018
Summer is off to a deadly start for children in North Texas. Despite calls from local officials and families of drowning victims to ‘Lifeguard Your Child’ around water, 11 children were admitted to Cook Children’s over Memorial Day weekend. Two of th...
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May
29,
2018
CBS 11 - Twenty-eight children have already died in drownings in Texas this year. The next three months, Memorial Day through Labor Day, are often when hospitals see the most victims. Families of drowning victims met together at Cook Children’s in...
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May
25,
2018
Children's Hospital Association - Cook Children's launched a campaign last year called Lifeguard Your Child, its third drowning-prevention campaign in as many years. It all started in June 2015, when 28 children were admitted to the hospital for near...
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May
24,
2018
Parents expect their toddler to be a little moody sometimes. So Autumn and Darrell Thomas didn't think much about their daughter Kynlee's irritable and lethargic behavior. But when they realized she wasn't using her left arm, they became alarmed. ...
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May
24,
2018
The new kids movie ‘Show Dogs’ is stirring up controversy about a disturbing message it is sending to children. Here is what parents should know.” Parents, take the time to teach your children about body autonomy and that it’s OK to say no to unwa...
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May
23,
2018
You really can’t go into summer without the looming chore of yardwork staring at you. But summer is supposed to be fun in the sun! Sand in your hand! Cool in the pool! Whether you are mowing or you have someone doing it for you, those lawn mowers are...
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May
23,
2018
Looking for a summer job can be a rite of passage for teens, as well as a big step in their development. Before teens look for a job, parents should discuss with them the pros and cons of what a summer job can mean. As Chief Administrative Officer...
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May
17,
2018
The number of children showing up in emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and attempts is on the rise, especially during the school year. According to a new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids ages 5 to 17 were admitte...
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May
15,
2018
Only two weeks into the month of May and one child has died from drowning, while five others were seen at Cook Children's for near drownings. The ages of the children ranged from 1 year to 9 years old. The drownings all occurred in pools. “Unfo...
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May
11,
2018
Motherhood is more than I thought it would be – the good and the bad. More laughter at his smile and more tears with his failures. More sleepless nights and worries from infancy to adolescence than I expected. More pride at his accomplishments ...
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May
10,
2018
If you’ve ever rented a car or stayed in a hotel room previously occupied by a smoker, you’ve probably already smelled signs of thirdhand smoke. When it comes to the dangers of smoking, most parents are familiar with the health risks associated wi...
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May
07,
2018
School is out for summer! This means playing outside, swimming and enjoying the warm, sunny weather. Of course, you know what’s coming next - don’t forget to wear sunscreen!  ...
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May
04,
2018
If I could show you the vast distance that the arms of my dorkyness could reach, you'd be astonished. That is why when Cook Children's asked me to write something about what Star Wars means to me today, what with it being Star Wars Day (May the 4t...
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May
02,
2018
WFAA - Emergency physician Dan Guzman, M.D. launches 'Aim for Safety' program to show the importance of gun locks and safes. Link to story here.     ...
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May
02,
2018
Because of the opioid crisis in the United States, the rate of hepatitis C virus infection among pregnant women increased 60 percent between 2006 and 2014. Sadly, only 30 percent of infants exposed to the virus were screened for infection. Hep...
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April
26,
2018
Since April 1, 13 children have been admitted to Cook Children’s with serious injuries following car wrecks. Of the 13, nine have gone to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and three have died. “We usually expect an increase in motor vehicle crashe...
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April
24,
2018
The Peter Pan Birthday Club of Cook Children's is open to all kids ages 12 and under and is designed to foster and encourage philanthropy in children. Click here to learn more.  ...
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April
24,
2018
A 3-year-old boy from Fort Worth died last summer after he climbed into a non-working vehicle. Police reported the boy was in the car for 45 minutes before he was found and temperatures had reached 100 degrees in Tarrant County. It was a horrible ...
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April
23,
2018
"My child has a fever, what could it be?" Just a quick reminder of my big fever rules. Click the links to learn more: 1. You don’t always have to rush off to the ER for a fever. No matter how high. 2. In a well-appearing child, it’s OK to wa...
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April
23,
2018
Texas Tribune - In 2015, Texas passed the Compassionate Use Act, legalizing the sale of a specific type of cannabis oil for epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication. The first Texas dispensaries are now ...
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April
20,
2018
One of the greatest joys in life is becoming a parent. Babies bring vibrant life and wonder to the world around us and instantly reveal a much deeper capacity for love than we thought possible. Yet no matter how great our effort to help them grow and...
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April
19,
2018
An epilepsy treatment derived from the cannabis plant took a major step toward approval from the Food and Drug Administration today. Epidiolex, an oil-based purified cannabidiol (CBD), has been studied specifically in two rare epilepsy syndromes - Le...
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April
17,
2018
In a little over a month, five children have been rushed to Cook Children’s after being left alone in a bathtub,with one incident resulting in death. The first drowning happened on March 14, 2018 and the latest occurred last week. The experts at C...
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April
16,
2018
When Katie and Chas Shira walked into Cook Children’s Medical Center on a warm December night in 2015, they had nothing but a name, a code and an empty car seat. They had driven three hours from their home in the tiny town of O’Brien, Texas with the ...
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April
13,
2018
School officials are teaming up with the Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Association and Cook Children's Medical Center to learn lifesaving basics to stop blood loss after a shooting or other emergency.   Click Hear to Read More: ...
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