Checkup Newsroom (Newborn)

2019
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...
Read more
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...
Read more
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...
Read more
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...
Read more
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 ...
Read more
June
27,
2019
| 04:52 PM America/Chicago
Having a baby is one of the most exciting and life-changing events of your life. The first few days to weeks before and after baby is born are also some of the busiest and most overwhelming moments of your life. So before your child arrives, it’s ...
Read more
June
26,
2019
| 04:34 PM America/Chicago
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 ...
Read more
June
25,
2019
| 05:15 PM America/Chicago
If I had a nickel for every time I talked to parents about teary, gooey baby eyes I’d own a yacht and would be sailing it around Europe right about now. So let’s talk about it, and what you can do to help it go away. Baby eye tear ducts don’t w...
Read more
June
20,
2019
| 06:51 PM America/Chicago
Within only three days of each other, two Texas children have died after being left in a hot car.  The first death occurred in Providence Village on Thursday, June 24, 2019. CBS11 reports the 4-year-old boy was found outside a home just before 5 p...
Read more
June
18,
2019
| 10:49 PM America/Chicago
Over the weekend, car seats became a political issue when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed House Bill 448, which would have required children under 2 years old to be secured in a rear-facing car seat while in a moving vehicle and it would have penalized...
Read more
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...
Read more
March
07,
2019
| 10:12 PM America/Chicago
“It’s just a virus.” I hate that phrase and I know it never gives parents comfort when they hear it from doctors. Doctors (I’ll admit I’ve said it too) usually say “it’s just a virus” to let parents know we don’t see anything that suggests a ba...
Read more
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 ...
Read more
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. ...
Read more
2018
December
07,
2018
| 05:32 PM America/Chicago
Is your 6 month old sleeping through the night? Maybe not and that’s OK, at least for your baby. You, on the other hand, may need some rest. Let's start with your baby. Does their lack of sleep pose any risk to their health or development? A...
Read more
November
07,
2018
| 05:10 PM America/Chicago
Are you looking for the miracle cure for your baby’s congestion? Me too. Sorry, it just doesn’t exist. I tell families all the time that if I find it I will market it and retire. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to help. 1. Suct...
Read more
April
09,
2018
| 05:24 PM America/Chicago
Expectant moms sometimes call our clinic and ask when they should schedule an appointment to interview their future pediatrician. I say it’s something you can’t do soon enough. If you deliver early, you may miss the chance to sit down and meet the pe...
Read more
February
22,
2018
| 10:21 PM America/Chicago
Commonly recommended ways to prevent constipation are to drink water, exercise, and eat fruits, vegetables and fiber-rich foods. Yet even when we use these techniques, our children still sometimes get constipated. Whether its contributing to stomach ...
Read more
February
13,
2018
| 05:44 PM America/Chicago
When bringing home a beautiful newborn, it can worry new parents to see one or both eyes constantly watering and developing ‘eye gunk.’ This problem is often caused by a clogged tear duct, also called nasolacrimal duct obstruction. Normally, tears...
Read more
2017
June
28,
2017
| 09:42 PM America/Chicago
In April 2014, Kelly Wooley, a Cook Children's employee, began documenting the birth of her daughter and the journey that followed. This is the beginning of Avery's Journey. See the links below for all of the articles that followed. ...
Read more
May
12,
2017
| 05:01 PM America/Chicago
When I cruised out of pediatric residency kid-free, I thought I knew it all when it came to raising a child. Little did I know how little I knew. I’d be Terrified the Day my First Child was Born. Guess what? Reading tons of books about the healt...
Read more
March
20,
2017
| 08:31 PM America/Chicago
“Your baby needs surgery in order to breastfeed correctly.” Those probably won’t be the words that are said, but it might be the message that you hear. Breastfeeding can be a tricky thing and many different problems can lead to a poor latch or ...
Read more
2016
November
30,
2016
| 05:43 PM America/Chicago
Newborns aren't able to manage their body temperature like adults can. So, as the thermostat dips, the way you handle outings with little ones needs to change.  Know your babies' limits and plan ahead when making a trip outside so you can keep the...
Read more
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...
Read more
2015
November
18,
2015
| 10:28 PM America/Chicago
In this world where we are trying to protect our kids from chemicals and preservatives, one thing that is emerging for parents and pediatricians, is a rising tide of parents who are refusing vitamin K supplementation at birth. Often parents ask, “Wha...
Read more
September
10,
2015
| 05:38 PM America/Chicago
As a parent, your instinct is to protect your child at all costs. However, some moms and dads may not realize the harm they are doing their newborn by not getting themselves or their older children vaccinated for whooping cough, or pertussis. B...
Read more
March
20,
2015
| 04:48 PM America/Chicago
How is it possible that Avery is 1? In some ways, it seems like she was just born and in others, it feels like she’s lived such a big life, she should already be a teenager! We’ve been through so much already in her young life and many of you read...
Read more
February
10,
2015
| 10:23 PM America/Chicago
So, you have a new baby. That means your automatic, "I worry about poop" button is switched into active mode. It seems that you can't have a new baby and not worry about their stool. Suddenly, it's the main topic of conversation at the dinner table, ...
Read more
January
13,
2015
| 07:49 PM America/Chicago
Breastfeeding is a great thing for babies and for moms. The numerous health benefits of breastfeeding cannot be denied. Some of them might be overstated at times but, all in all, I believe that breastfeeding is best. I know there are times when...
Read more
January
06,
2015
| 11:44 PM America/Chicago
A recent report was released about a baby who was delivered via water birth earlier this year (in Texas) that died from pneumonia and a rare infection presumably contracted at delivery. There are several details about this case that need to be specif...
Read more