Checkup Newsroom (Lewisville)

2019
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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2018
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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March
07,
2018
| 05:11 PM America/Chicago
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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2017
September
15,
2017
| 05:09 PM America/Chicago
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
| 09:30 PM America/Chicago
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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May
31,
2017
| 10:31 PM America/Chicago
Some kids have a hard time going to sleep. No matter what time you set bed time, even with the perfect routine, they toss and turn and get out of bed for hours. What is a family to do? ...
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2016
December
30,
2016
| 05:54 PM America/Chicago
Setting New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them is not just for adults. Children and teens can also benefit from making goals for improvement that can have lasting effects for years to come. “Making New Year’s resolutions can be very beneficia...
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November
29,
2016
| 06:01 PM America/Chicago
Cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) infections in North Texas commonly increase in the winter. But this year, it's arrived earlier than usual. During the week of Nov. 20, 2016, 47 Cook Children’s patients tested positive for RSV. During this s...
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November
22,
2016
| 05:58 PM America/Chicago
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be around any unvaccinated children. Well, the parents of her other...
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October
21,
2016
| 05:17 PM America/Chicago
"Dr. Peak we need to do a diagnostic ultrasound of your breast..." Those words haunt me. I do not remember what was said next, mainly because a wave of fear and dread engulfed my body. The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer my life changed, fo...
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September
16,
2016
| 10:30 PM America/Chicago
Teething. Every kid goes though it and yet, it’s universally misunderstood. Poor teething. It gets blamed for just about everything and probably causes very few symptoms. I thought I would clear up some of these misconceptions and I asked Sheel...
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September
11,
2016
| 10:47 PM America/Chicago
I collect snow globes of cities I love. When my stepson, Sage, was little he would love to watch us shake them and watch the snow swirl violently around settling gently on the miniature cities. Shortly after starting kindergarten, I found Sage si...
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July
01,
2016
| 09:22 PM America/Chicago
Baby frogs like funny dogs. Baby hogs like daddy’s dogs. That’s how I remembered this: Blood, frogs, lice, flies, disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, death. You might ask, why was I learning the order of the plagues? Obviously, for a bi...
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February
09,
2016
| 06:01 PM America/Chicago
I, along with many others in the medical field, have suspected for a long time that we need a better pertussis vaccine. Aside from flu, I can’t think of any other disease for which we vaccinate where we are excited if only a few outbreaks happen h...
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January
29,
2016
| 06:33 PM America/Chicago
Dear new moms, I have to start with an apology. It’s not that I didn’t care, or wasn’t concerned. I asked about feedings and dirty diapers. I asked about sleep positioning. I asked about your plans for vaccination. I educated on how to take ...
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January
11,
2016
| 04:03 PM America/Chicago
Mark Zuckerburg had his baby vaccinated and I don’t particularly care. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he had his baby vaccinated for his baby’s sake, but I don’t want it to affect your decision to vaccinate at all. I don’t want your vaccine decis...
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January
11,
2016
| 10:09 AM America/Chicago
The last week in my house has been terrible. Currently, I am the lone survivor of the war on Smith-Summertime-Flu-Like-Illness-2015. You name the symptom and someone in my family has had it: fever, cough, runny nose, congestion, headache, sore ...
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January
07,
2016
| 06:10 PM America/Chicago
There are some interesting things that happen when you have a newborn. You will be awake during hours of the night you didn’t even know existed. You will begin to interpret everything as a smile. You will allow words like spit up and poop b...
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2015
December
31,
2015
| 10:02 PM America/Chicago
For many parents, taking time to sit down and discuss with a child the lessons learned during the past year, both good and bad, can serve as valuable, teachable moments and deep family bonds. Because societal factors such as TV, school, friends an...
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December
15,
2015
| 04:34 PM America/Chicago
Generally Child Protective Services is called to a home because someone notices bruising on a child or hears a story in which a witness suspects that a child is being abused. Last week, a Plano CPS agent responded to a different type of call after...
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December
10,
2015
| 06:02 PM America/Chicago
For those of you out there who disagree with using medicine for ADHD or believe that ADHD is a made-up disease, save your comments. I am usually very open minded to people who disagree with me on various topics, but this is an issue I feel have to pr...
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December
09,
2015
| 09:59 PM America/Chicago
A little boy jumping up and down, constantly fidgeting and talking out of turn might be the picture you get in your mind when you think of a child with ADHD. New research published this week in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry may challenge that...
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November
30,
2015
| 09:30 PM America/Chicago
Are we there yet? “No.” Are we there yet? “No. 5 more minutes.” Are we there yet? “No. I will tell you when we get there!” Did anyone hear this or something like it last week? We’ve been asking a similar question to our favorite Cook Chil...
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November
23,
2015
| 04:33 PM America/Chicago
The Centers for Disease Control recently finished up a week of increasing awareness to a huge problem that could be one of the biggest risks our children face as they grow older. You might be thinking obesity or global warming or some other more “pop...
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October
28,
2015
| 09:28 PM America/Chicago
Razor blades in apples? Poisoned candy? We’ve heard these scary tales since we were little kids. Parents make sure you check your kids’ candy before they begin munching on their treats, but know that many of the stories you’ve heard are meant t...
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October
08,
2015
| 10:26 PM America/Chicago
What would you do if you brought your child home from a new day care and he had more than 20 bite marks all over his body? What if you then found out that you had been lied to about that day care’s license? In fact, they didn’t have a license a...
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October
04,
2015
| 05:07 PM America/Chicago
After many sleepless nights with your 9 month old, no one could be faulted because they are looking for something, anything to get a good night’s sleep. You can read my earlier posts on the symptoms of teething and my outright forbidding the use o...
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October
01,
2015
| 02:53 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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