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2020
September
25,
2020
| 12:32 PM America/Chicago
With kids going back to school, new questions are coming up on when kids should be tested for COVID-19 and when they can return to school. Keep in mind there are some conflicting and confusing pieces of advice out there and this is only promised t...
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July
15,
2020
| 15:07 PM America/Chicago
Recently, I wrote a post titled, “Is Going Back to School or Online Learning Best for Your Child?” A Pediatrician Shares what Parents Should Consider?” Following that initial article, we received a lot of questions from you all. I wanted to take t...
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July
08,
2020
| 12:36 PM America/Chicago
By Justin Smith, M.D. “What’s school going to look like in the fall?” “Should I send my child or keep them at home?” These are the questions that every parent is probably already asking as school districts roll out their plans for re-opening sc...
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May
29,
2020
| 12:24 PM America/Chicago
As much as anything I’m missing this spring and summer, watching my kids play the sports they love is probably near the top. Sports can teach us so much about life and seeing our kids work hard on something and succeed is one of my favorite parts of ...
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May
22,
2020
| 12:16 PM America/Chicago
As of Monday May 18, Gov Greg Abbott announced that daycare centers in Texas can immediately open. But many parents are still asking the question, 'Should I take my child to daycare?' Of course, there's no one clear answer for all families. The...
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May
07,
2020
| 10:11 AM America/Chicago
By Justin Smith, M.D., Medical Director of Digital Health, Cook Children's Pediatrician We miss you and your sweet kids! What a crazy time the last few months have been. Our entire lives have been changed-work, school, family and free time-they...
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March
03,
2020
| 10:30 AM America/Chicago
I understand the concern about the coronavirus most of us have right now. After all, it’s dominating the headlines and probably your work and home conversation. But as a pediatrician, let’s talk first about what’s most important to me and you: our...
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February
14,
2020
| 14:00 PM America/Chicago
Desperation or neglect, whatever the reason the story is devastating. In the wake a baby is dead and her mom has been charged with her murder. In addition, the baby’s dad has been charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to a child for diluting...
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February
05,
2020
| 08:46 AM America/Chicago
That snowflake on the forecast came out of nowhere...but it brought some freezing rain and snow. Because we're not used to cold, winter weather in our area and we particularly get out of practice with weeks of mild temperatures...here are 5 winter we...
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February
05,
2020
| 08:37 AM America/Chicago
“Make sure your hair is dry. “Wear shoes outside.” “Put on your hat.” Does any of this really matter? Is any of it true? Between well-meaning friends and family members and the wealth of websites devoted to health, parents are bombarded w...
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January
24,
2020
| 11:52 AM America/Chicago
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the coronavirus lately. I thought we should take some time to go over the basics of this respiratory illness, based in China. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring ...
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January
21,
2020
| 09:12 AM America/Chicago
I have used a lot of words to tell you not to worry about fever. Fever is your child’s friend. Don’t go to the ER for fever alone. Don’t buy all the fever myths out there. When should you be worried? The biggest issue is context. You can read the ...
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January
16,
2020
| 11:38 AM America/Chicago
"What happens if my child eats all of my adult vitamins?" We received this question recently. Let's discuss. Just like any adult medication, vitamins should be locked away so that kids can't get to them. Vitamins are particularly risky because,...
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January
07,
2020
| 14:41 PM America/Chicago
“What do I do when my pre-teen or teenager starts to pull away?” Man…this is a tough one. Remember when your child was a toddler, and you taught them to poop on the potty? It was all leading up to this moment. Everything we have taught them alo...
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2019
November
12,
2019
| 13:23 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
| 11:59 AM 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
| 14:40 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
| 10:45 AM 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
| 13:41 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
| 16:21 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
| 09:30 AM 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
| 09:28 AM 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
| 11:12 AM 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
| 12:32 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
| 10:16 AM 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
| 15:55 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
| 13:46 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
| 10:28 AM 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
| 10:41 AM 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
| 11:54 AM 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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