Checkup Newsroom (Justin Smith)

2019
November
12,
2019
| 08:23 PM America/Chicago
I’ve never been a big proponent of giving a baby medication for normal fussiness or spitting up. But when the fussiness symptoms are severe and consistent with reflux or the baby is not gaining weight well, treatment with an acid reduction medicat...
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October
24,
2019
| 06:59 PM America/Chicago
If you live in Keller, specifically if you have a child at Timberview Middle School, you may have received an email confirming  a case of whooping cough, or pertussis, in the area. If you are concerned about your child, here are seven facts you ne...
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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
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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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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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
18,
2019
| 06:12 PM America/Chicago
Believe it or not, summer’s almost over and the new school year will begin before you know it. Are you ready? Or are you like a certain dad I know who usually waits until the last minute? Last year, this dad forgot: To book his child's ph...
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June
04,
2019
| 07:32 PM America/Chicago
I’ve written a lot about fevers in hopes of calming parents’ fears. But when it comes to newborns, forget everything I’ve always taught you about fever. If an infant has a fever, it is a sign something is wrong and a serious cause for concern I...
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May
28,
2019
| 05:16 PM America/Chicago
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
| 10:55 PM America/Chicago
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
| 08:46 PM America/Chicago
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
29,
2019
| 05:28 PM America/Chicago
Popular rocking sleepers have been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons.  Last week, Kids2 recalled all of its rocking sleeping models after reports that say five children have died in its sleeper since they were introduced in March 20...
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April
12,
2019
| 05:41 PM America/Chicago
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
18,
2019
| 05:54 PM America/Chicago
One of the first conversations I usually have with new parents is about food allergies. They’ve read so much about it, they are never sure what they should or shouldn’t give their baby. When I first started practicing medicine, this line rolled ri...
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March
01,
2019
| 03:42 PM America/Chicago
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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January
24,
2019
| 09:03 PM America/Chicago
Bah-bah. Binky. Button. Nip-nip. Num. Paci. Sassy. Soothie. Wubbanub. Whatever you call it, parents have lots of questions about pacifier use. Let’s look at some of the most common: 1. When is it OK to start a pacifier? A pacifier can be ...
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January
23,
2019
| 10:12 PM America/Chicago
A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has caused health officials in nearby Clark County, Wash., to declare a public health emergency, warning that infected people have visited airports, schools, churches, dentist offices and area retail outlets. ...
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January
14,
2019
| 05:40 PM America/Chicago
"Never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow." And yes folks, that means Q-tips. Look at what our medical director of Emergency Services has to say: “Q-tips and cotton-tip swabs cause numerous ER injuries we see at Cook Children’s,” ...
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January
08,
2019
| 08:15 PM America/Chicago
Raise your hand if your kid has a runny nose right now. Ok, EVERYONE can put your hands down now. But, does your child have a cold or allergies? After all, the mountain cedar pollen count is the highest it's been all season in North Texas and i...
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2018
December
17,
2018
| 11:28 PM America/Chicago
“My baby spits up all the time.” “My baby never spits up, but seems like they are fussy all the time." I know this sounds like reflux, but the truth is spitting up can be normal. Even if it’s with every feed, even if it seems really bad. May...
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December
13,
2018
| 05:44 PM America/Chicago
It should be the most wonderful time of the year, but you don’t want to spend it in the emergency room. New decorations and experiences can cause accidents and pose a danger for your child. Here are 12 day-ngers of Christmas: Fireplace - Ligh...
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November
26,
2018
| 09:38 PM America/Chicago
RSV has arrived at Cook Children's. Last week, 178 kids tested positive for RSV, compared to only two who tested positive for Influenza A. RSV is a virus. It’s short for respiratory syncytial virus. It causes a disease in young children (especi...
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October
26,
2018
| 04:55 PM America/Chicago
“So, you’re saying my child has strep booty?” “Well, umm, uhhh, ummm, yeah I guess that is what I’m saying….And, now that I think about it, I will definitely be calling it that for the rest of my career.” Group A beta-hemolytic stroptoccal phar...
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October
24,
2018
| 09:26 PM America/Chicago
Tragically, 7 children have died as a result of a rapidly spreading, severe infection in a New Jersey rehabilitation center. The infections have been caused by a virus called adenovirus which is a common childhood infection. Three children tested pos...
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August
27,
2018
| 05:19 PM America/Chicago
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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August
02,
2018
| 04:45 PM America/Chicago
We live in a sharing society, but we don’t share all things equally. We’re likely to share a cute video of our children blowing out their birthday candles or a picture of our kids in their baseball uniforms. There are plenty of things that pare...
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July
26,
2018
| 09:27 PM America/Chicago
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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July
17,
2018
| 05:26 PM America/Chicago
"I swear he looked worse when I called." "She hasn't been this active in days." "She felt so hot when we left the house." I get it. I've always tried to understand when I hear parents say these kind of things and this week I was personally r...
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