Checkup Newsroom (News)

2018
June
15,
2018
Nursemaid’s elbow, also known as a pulled elbow, typically occurs in preschool-aged children, often as a result from a child being swung with their arms above their head. A toddler’s ligaments are not fully developed and may still be loose, allowi...
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June
14,
2018
"I swear he looked worse when I called." "She hasn't been this active in days." "She felt so hot when we left the house." I get it. I've always tried to understand when I hear parents say these kind of things and this week I was personally r...
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June
12,
2018
Even though she talks about water safety on a daily basis, Dana Walraven still gasps at the tragic news of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter’s death. Media outlets report the little girl drowned in a neighbor’s pool over the week...
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June
12,
2018
The drowning numbers remain tragic, but not at all surprising to  Corwin Warmink, M.D., medical director of Cook Children’s Emergency Department. Already this year, seven children have fatally drowned after being rushed to Cook Children's. But anothe...
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June
11,
2018
Because we are part of the Cook Children's Health System, we are also uniquely positioned to care for those children coping with mental health as well as chronic physical conditions or diagnoses. Click here to learn more about our Behavioral Health C...
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June
08,
2018
Lots of ear infections this week at Willow Park, and with everyone getting in the pool again let’s talk about swimmer’s ear vs. inner ear infection. It can be a little confusing! Swimmer’s ears are infections in the canals of the ears that make th...
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June
07,
2018
What is Fifth disease? I have seen so much of this over the last month at Willow Park! So much so that I did some research to better inform our patients about this "fun" rash. I want to go over a few basics with you. Fifth disease, also known a...
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June
06,
2018
The summer has barely begun and we are already seeing a record number of drownings at Cook Children's. Despite repeated calls from experts to lifeguard your child, 19 children have been rushed to Cook Children's for drownings and four children hav...
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June
05,
2018
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 ...
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May
29,
2018
Summer is off to a deadly start for children in North Texas. Despite calls from local officials and families of drowning victims to ‘Lifeguard Your Child’ around water, 11 children were admitted to Cook Children’s over Memorial Day weekend. Two of th...
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May
25,
2018
Children's Hospital Association - Cook Children's launched a campaign last year called Lifeguard Your Child, its third drowning-prevention campaign in as many years. It all started in June 2015, when 28 children were admitted to the hospital for near...
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May
25,
2018
Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged 1 to 4 years old, according to Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. ...
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May
25,
2018
Hello, friends! Summer is nearly here! Let's quickly hit some of the most common questions I get around this time of year - about sunscreen, DEET, and life jackets. 1. Sunscreen: Use it! Even on a cloudy, not-very-hot day! 80% of the sun's ...
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May
24,
2018
Parents expect their toddler to be a little moody sometimes. So Autumn and Darrell Thomas didn't think much about their daughter Kynlee's irritable and lethargic behavior. But when they realized she wasn't using her left arm, they became alarmed. ...
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May
24,
2018
The new kids movie ‘Show Dogs’ is stirring up controversy about a disturbing message it is sending to children. Here is what parents should know.” Parents, take the time to teach your children about body autonomy and that it’s OK to say no to unwa...
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May
23,
2018
You really can’t go into summer without the looming chore of yardwork staring at you. But summer is supposed to be fun in the sun! Sand in your hand! Cool in the pool! Whether you are mowing or you have someone doing it for you, those lawn mowers are...
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May
23,
2018
Looking for a summer job can be a rite of passage for teens, as well as a big step in their development. Before teens look for a job, parents should discuss with them the pros and cons of what a summer job can mean. As Chief Administrative Officer...
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May
18,
2018
A 7-month-old baby girl from Eagle Pass, Texas, died yesterday after her father apparently forgot to take the child to daycare and left her inside his locked automobile. This was the first pediatric vehicular heatstroke death in Texas in 2018 and ...
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May
17,
2018
The number of children showing up in emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and attempts is on the rise, especially during the school year. According to a new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids ages 5 to 17 were admitte...
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May
15,
2018
Only two weeks into the month of May and one child has died from drowning, while five others were seen at Cook Children's for near drownings. The ages of the children ranged from 1 year to 9 years old. The drownings all occurred in pools. “Unfo...
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May
10,
2018
If you’ve ever rented a car or stayed in a hotel room previously occupied by a smoker, you’ve probably already smelled signs of thirdhand smoke. When it comes to the dangers of smoking, most parents are familiar with the health risks associated wi...
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May
09,
2018
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed EpiPen, a lower-dose version EpiPen Jr. and Mylan’s generic versions of the products on its list of drugs in shortage. The FDA said the products were currently available, but that ...
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May
08,
2018
By Victoria Shelton If laughter is the best medicine, then the therapeutic medical clowns at Cook Children’s have just the right dose to help patients and their families heal. Each professional clown comes from a different background and differ...
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May
07,
2018
School is out for summer! This means playing outside, swimming and enjoying the warm, sunny weather. Of course, you know what’s coming next - don’t forget to wear sunscreen!  ...
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May
04,
2018
If I could show you the vast distance that the arms of my dorkyness could reach, you'd be astonished. That is why when Cook Children's asked me to write something about what Star Wars means to me today, what with it being Star Wars Day (May the 4t...
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May
03,
2018
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported the first death connected to the recent E. coli outbreak that has expanded to half of the United States.  The CDC says 121 cases of E. coli have been reported in 25 states, related t...
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May
02,
2018
Because of the opioid crisis in the United States, the rate of hepatitis C virus infection among pregnant women increased 60 percent between 2006 and 2014. Sadly, only 30 percent of infants exposed to the virus were screened for infection. Hep...
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May
01,
2018
For eight days after her son was born, all Whitney Coben could do was look at her fragile little boy. Brayden was born premature at 27 weeks, weighed less than 3 pounds and couldn’t breathe on his own. Right after birth, he was immediately taken t...
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April
30,
2018
Did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) actually has an official stance encouraging pediatricians to talk with their families about the importance of daily, out-loud reading to your children (Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component o...
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April
27,
2018
It’s a classic bit of advice when you child is running fever: Alternate Tylenol and Motrin around the clock to keep their fever down. But, does it help? Is it necessary? I personally don’t think so…and here are 4 reasons why: 1. I don’t trea...
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