Checkup Newsroom (Our Experts)

2019
July
18,
2019
| 11:48 PM America/Chicago
As you watch your little one walking or running during play, you may ask yourself, “Is my child falling too much?” Children initially begin to walk between the ages of 12 and 15 months. In the early stages of walking, you may notice your child “wa...
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July
18,
2019
| 11:47 PM America/Chicago
The other day I went on vacation. We went over THERE. I enjoyed it because we did THIS and THAT. There was one activity where my son caught the THING and did THIS to it. We couldn’t stop laughing, but eventually we helped him get THAT over THERE. Unf...
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July
18,
2019
| 06:12 PM America/Chicago
Believe it or not, summer’s almost over and the new school year will begin before you know it. Are you ready? Or are you like a certain dad I know who usually waits until the last minute? Last year, this dad forgot: To book his child's ph...
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July
16,
2019
| 05:46 PM America/Chicago
You covered the outlets, bolted in the dressers, locked up the medicine cabinet; but have you still left something very dangerous in your children’s reach? I spend a good portion of my day asking my daughter to give my son a little space; sister l...
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July
11,
2019
| 06:07 PM America/Chicago
Nosebleeds are very common in children 2-10 years of age. Studies suggest that 30-50% of children in this age group have had at least one nosebleed. We’ve gotten a lot of requests to write a post about nosebleeds so I thought I would cover some of...
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July
09,
2019
| 05:40 PM America/Chicago
Already this summer, the Emergency Department at Cook Children’s has treated kids for heat-related illnesses. And that’s before things really heat up as we head into the warmest months of the year. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has is...
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July
03,
2019
| 09:43 PM America/Chicago
School’s out, the summer’s here and it’s time for the kids to hit the pool … and then later a pediatrician’s office if you aren’t careful. ...
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July
02,
2019
| 11:23 PM America/Chicago
“I went to the hospital on a warm summer day with fear in my heart, I felt some dismay. The registrar said, with a smile on her face, ‘Let me show you your room, it’s a very nice place.’” For most of her 20 years, Shanley Stuteville has been a pat...
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July
02,
2019
| 04:25 PM America/Chicago
When you think of the most common injuries around the Fourth of July, most of us immediately think of fireworks. But while many parents are overly cautious with their children around fireworks, statistics from Cook Children’s Trauma Department show o...
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June
27,
2019
| 09:17 PM America/Chicago
On a winning streak, a storied high school football coach pushes his players by running extra. Suddenly, one of the players collapses during the intense practice. While this is the plot of a new movie, it’s based on  fact.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest (...
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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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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 ...
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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...
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June
25,
2019
| 04:01 PM America/Chicago
When your child has a headache, you probably reach for the medicine cabinet, right? Well, you might be surprised to hear that over-the-counter medications like Advil and Tylenol might actually be what’s triggering the headache in the first place. ...
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June
21,
2019
| 04:43 PM America/Chicago
The summer means more kids are outside playing, biking or running around. Sadly, it also means more opportunity for danger. Over the course of a week, there were three different auto pedestrian injuries, where a child was hit by a car and ended up...
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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...
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June
19,
2019
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
Are you between 18-44? You could save a life through the Be The Match program. Joining the Be The Match Registry means volunteering to be listed as a potential blood stem cell donor, ready to save the life of any patient in need of a transplant. Y...
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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...
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June
13,
2019
| 10:34 PM America/Chicago
“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
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
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
04,
2019
| 07:32 PM America/Chicago
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
| 09:57 PM America/Chicago
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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May
29,
2019
| 11:15 PM America/Chicago
What started as a normal day with a toddler’s temper tantrum turned into a month-long recovery from a severe stroke. Four-year-old CJ was known for temper tantrums and holding his breath when he was upset. But one morning while getting ready for s...
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May
23,
2019
| 09:45 PM America/Chicago
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
| 04:30 PM America/Chicago
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
| 09:56 PM America/Chicago
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
| 10:12 PM America/Chicago
“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
| 09:31 PM America/Chicago
Kriss and Riley Stewart wanted nothing more than to have a baby of their own. After trying to get pregnant for more than three years, the couple decided to seek help through a fertility specialist. But before doing so, Kriss was diagnosed with Gra...
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May
17,
2019
| 05:12 PM America/Chicago
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
| 04:39 PM America/Chicago
Although she wouldn’t call herself “100% anti-vax” at the time, Amanda Carroll declined to give her first-born son his hepatitis B vaccine at birth. With the next group of shots scheduled at his 2-month checkup, Amanda and her husband weren’t so s...
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