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2019
January
16,
2019
By now you may have seen the tragic story of Journey, a diabetic alert dog who died of a gunshot wound outside of her family's home.  Diabetic alert dogs like Journey are specially trained to detect high or low levels of blood sugar for kids like ...
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January
14,
2019
"Never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow." And yes folks, that means Q-tips. Look at what our medical director of Emergency Services has to say: “Q-tips and cotton-tip swabs cause numerous ER injuries we see at Cook Children’s,” ...
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January
09,
2019
Butterflies in the stomach before a test, the pounding of the heart before asking someone on a date or the worry due to a sick pet. These are common problems in the lives of a child. But thanks to cyberbullying, the pressure to make it into col...
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January
03,
2019
Last week, 484 kids tested positive for Influenza A at the medical center. So, I thought now would be a good time to look at some quick facts about the flu. What The Flu Is The flu is a respiratory illness. The flu happens every year. It...
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January
03,
2019
More than 480 children tested positive for Influenza A at Cook Children’s Medical Center during the week of Dec. 23 through Dec. 29, 2018. Flu A usually arrives prior to the B strain and is usually more severe than Flu B. Of the 1,141 children ...
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2018
December
17,
2018
“My baby spits up all the time.” “My baby never spits up, but seems like they are fussy all the time." I know this sounds like reflux, but the truth is spitting up can be normal. Even if it’s with every feed, even if it seems really bad. May...
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December
14,
2018
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the beautiful process of a fever. Yes, I’m a mega-dork for the functions of the human body ... and yes, I think fever is a great thing in most settings. Fever has been recognized as being around for thousands of y...
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December
13,
2018
It should be the most wonderful time of the year, but you don’t want to spend it in the emergency room. New decorations and experiences can cause accidents and pose a danger for your child. Here are 12 day-ngers of Christmas: Fireplace - Ligh...
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December
07,
2018
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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December
04,
2018
More than 12 million pounds of raw beef has been recalled due to risks of salmonella, according to a report from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS). JBS Tolleson Inc. is recalling the “raw, non...
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November
28,
2018
Does your child cough frequently at night even when they don’t have a cold? Does your child have to limit playing or sports because they are short of breath? Does your child also have runny nose and watery eyes on a regular basis? Does your ...
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November
27,
2018
This is the fourth part of a series. To view the previous articles, please click here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3  ...
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November
20,
2018
This is the third part of a series as we follow a Cook Children's patient through the art of treating epilepsy.  Click here for the first part of the series and here for the second part. ...
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November
19,
2018
Lots and lots of viruses out there right now. I know so many of you are frustrated with how long your kiddo's been sick, and how much they've been coughing. Lots of RSV. Last week of the 422 kids tested at Cook Children's, 137 had RSV and six had ...
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November
16,
2018
Texas Health and Human Services has sent out an urgent message warning parents about the risks of giving honey to children 12 months old and younger. "Infants (children less than 12 months of age) should not be given honey, or pacifiers containing...
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November
13,
2018
This is the second in a series as we follow a Cook Children's patient and the art of treating epilepsy. Click here to read the first part of the series. ...
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November
07,
2018
One of the most common illnesses pediaricians see is called bronchiolitis. Lots of viruses can cause bronchiolitis, but one of the most well known is RSV. While flu always receives a lot of attention, I thought this would be a great time to talk a...
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November
06,
2018
During the last month of Stephanie Balderamos’ pregnancy, a routine prenatal screening found cause for alarm. The tests showed some abnormality with her baby’s heart. Doctors agreed Stephanie’s baby would need more testing once he was born. Fol...
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November
05,
2018
Parents should not spank, hit, slap, threaten, insult, humiliate or shame to discipline their children. Those recommendations are based on the latest research from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The organization, which represents about 67,000...
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October
29,
2018
Have a safe, healthy, happy Halloween, and one that is not too scary! Here are 8 tips for you and your family to keep in mind this Halloween! 1. Remind your kids about street safety. You might be surprised to learn that the most common injuries du...
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October
26,
2018
“So, you’re saying my child has strep booty?” “Well, umm, uhhh, ummm, yeah I guess that is what I’m saying….And, now that I think about it, I will definitely be calling it that for the rest of my career.” Group A beta-hemolytic stroptoccal phar...
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October
25,
2018
If you ask about how best to introduce solids to your baby you will get many opinions and theories – and that is because there is more than one way to do it. In cultures around the world the norms of infant feeding vary. In France the baby may sta...
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October
17,
2018
The Promise to improve the health of every child in our region extends past the medical walls of Cook Children’s Medical Center. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, experts from Cook Children’s gathered at the Regional Child Health Summit to look at 2018 data ...
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October
12,
2018
As a nose tackle on his youth football team, Landyn Gray is a tough kid. So when he complained that he “felt funny,” his parents took notice. It was late in the summer, a few weeks before school, and Landyn was at football practice in Arlington...
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October
09,
2018
"Dr. Diane, something is very wrong with Elizabeth.” I watched in horror as her dad carried her down the hallway and into one of the exam rooms. She looked stiff. She looked like she was in pain. Her face was grimaced. What in the world? Why was t...
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October
03,
2018
I know a lot of you are putting on your favorite pink shirt to watch Mean Girls for the umpteenth time. After all, this is a modern classic. So much so that October 3 has become #MeanGirlsDay. From Heathers to Mean Girls, these ‘rites of passag...
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September
18,
2018
Let’s talk about infant walkers – pediatricians don’t like them, and we never have. I’d like to explain why! We worry about them because kids get hurt in them sometimes. It’s also because they actually don’t encourage walking –they hinder the natu...
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September
17,
2018
Believe it or not, this post is about "tummy bugs." So much diarrhea and vomiting, y'all. There are a TON of tummy bugs going around right now since kids are back in school. If you change your younger kiddo’s diaper, please wash your hands real...
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September
12,
2018
“Dragon’s Breath. “Heaven’s Breath.” “Nitro puff.” Sounds fun, right? But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent out an alert of the “potential for serious injury from eating, drinking, or handling products prepared by adding liquid nit...
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September
12,
2018
Is Juuling the health problem of the decade? That's the question CNN recently asked, based on a question from a substance abuse counselor.  Research from Truth Initiative shows that 25 percent of 15- to 24-year-old JUUL users refer to their beh...
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