Checkup Newsroom (News)

2019
June
14,
2019
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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June
13,
2019
“Is it safe to go to the park?” “Can we go to the mall?” Alice Phillips, M.D., a Cook Children’s pediatrician in Fort Worth – Cityview, hears the worry in the voices of many of her patient families. They’re afraid their child may contract measles ...
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June
12,
2019
Even if you have absolutely zero interest in NBA basketball, odds are you heard about Kevin Durant’s season ending (and potentially life altering) injury on Monday night. I’ll be honest. I haven’t paid much attention to the NBA Finals this year. I...
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June
11,
2019
In hindsight, as they watch their little 5-year-old boy playing with his beloved toy trucks and all things wheels, the parents of Owen Turner rest easy they made the right decision. But nine months ago, that choice was anything but simple. Desp...
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June
07,
2019
In the midst of country singer Granger Smith and his wife Amber sharing the news of their 3-year-old son’s River’s tragic accident, a new national report shows that drownings among young children are on the rise. Smith, a Dallas native, wrote abou...
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June
04,
2019
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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June
03,
2019
Hot weather and summer vacation means Texas kids are headed to the water. Sadly, it also means more opportunity for tragedy. Summer has barely begun and Cook Children's has already seen 24 children at the medical center this year for drowning,...
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June
03,
2019
Not one single test can diagnose autism. This is not surprising given the complexities of the neurodevelopmental condition, some of those we do not understand fully. What is known is that the earlier it is diagnosed the earlier interventions can be s...
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May
28,
2019
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
23,
2019
Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed a traveler passing through DFW Airport on a May 15, 2019, connecting flight has tested positive for measles. TCPH wants the traveling public to be aware that exposures may have occurred at DFW Airport on ...
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May
23,
2019
Last year’s Memorial Day weekend was a tragic one at Cook Children’s. Over the four-day holiday weekend in 2018, nine children were admitted to the medical center for drowning. Two of those children died. Last year marked the first time drowning f...
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May
20,
2019
The abduction of an 8-year-old Fort Worth girl is the kind of news that rocks a community. The child has since been located and the man accused of kidnapping her is in custody. But many parents are left wondering what if this happened to them and ...
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May
17,
2019
“Grace, this is Alecia from Dr. Gamble’s office, do you have a minute to talk?” The phone from Clinical Genetics came at 5:12 p.m. on April 10, 2018. Grace Wilson-Rabel remembers the exact time and date because it’s the moment that changed her lif...
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May
17,
2019
One of my favorite movie moments is when Aunt Voula in My Big, Fat Greek Wedding learns that Ian Miller, the non-Greek protagonist soon to join the family, is a vegetarian. She asks, “What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?” and the hoopla of the ...
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May
16,
2019
Last year, more than 470 children visited the Cook Children’s Emergency Department after swallowing “a foreign body.” Corwin Warmink, M.D., medical director of Emergency Services at Cook Children’s, said not a day goes by that a child doesn’t visi...
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May
14,
2019
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
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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May
02,
2019
The mosquitos are out there. And obviously they like to feast on me (see my gorgeous, itchy leg to the right). So I'm right there with you trying to figure out the best next steps. Let’s talk about the satisfaction of avoiding the world’s most ann...
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April
29,
2019
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
24,
2019
Almost a year after their 19-month-old daughter drowned in a backyard pool, Bode and Morgan Miller brought their 6-month-old son to a swimming lesson. Morgan Miller shared the emotional moment on her Instagram Stories Monday and her post has now g...
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April
19,
2019
It’s been nearly two decades since measles was declared eradicated in the United States, but due to a shift in attitudes about vaccines the virus is back. More than 500 people spanning 20 states have been diagnosed with measles this year already. ...
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April
17,
2019
It’s spring in North Texas and just like clockwork, severe weather is expected to impact our area this evening. Large hail, damaging winds and even tornadoes are a possibility with the thunderstorms that are predicted to develop by late afternoon. Fo...
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April
16,
2019
My family and I got to spend an amazing afternoon at the new Dream Park at Trinity Park in Fort Worth! What makes this park so special? Well, it’s not your typical run-of-the-mill playground. It’s a park for “children of all abilities.” Childre...
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April
15,
2019
Child abuse is a difficult subject to think about, much less discuss with your family and friends. But it also can’t be ignored. Jamye Coffman, M.D., medical director of the Child Advocacy Resource and Evaluation (CARE) Team at Cook Children’s, sa...
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April
12,
2019
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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April
11,
2019
Rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and copperheads account for 99 percent of the venomous snakebites in the United States. All three of those snakes can be found in Texas. Last year, 35 children were treated for snake bites at Cook Children's, up from 21 ...
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April
08,
2019
When Cynthia Keator, M.D., passes the Atrium, she can't help but feel that same sense of awe that Cook Children’s Medical Center gave her more than 20 years ago as a volunteer. Dr. Keator, who is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist at Cook ...
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April
05,
2019
“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you ha...
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April
02,
2019
The month of March proved something sadly true – a child can drown at any time of the year and in any place where there is water. Last week, Cook Children’s medical staff treated four children for drowning-related accidents with ages ranging from ...
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April
01,
2019
THE GREEN DUST COATING HAS BEGUN The time has come. You and your kids spent time at the park on a beautiful spring afternoon. A few hours later, at home, the symptoms start (cue M. Night Shyamalan strange horror music). Or heck, for those really a...
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