Checkup Newsroom (Newborn)

2019
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 ...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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. ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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, ...
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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...
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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...
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2014
August
14,
2014
| 06:07 PM America/Chicago
"We try and try, but he won't burp."Oh, the magical burp. It's that often elusive sound that would be offensive for you to let loose at the dinner table, but everyone celebrates when it comes from your newborn.So, what's the point? Easy, to get some ...
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July
30,
2014
| 07:02 PM America/Chicago
When I came home from the hospital with my new bundle of joy last fall, the first two weeks were filled with the tasks of survival – learning to feed my son, making sure he was growing appropriately, entertaining family and friends who wanted to meet...
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