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2018
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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September
11,
2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Montelukast Sodium Tablets, which is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness and coughing caused by asthma. The recalled bottles have the ...
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September
11,
2018
Doctors agree that nothing fights off the flu better than the vaccine, including all children 6 months and older. And thanks to  recommendations, based on research, that includes children who are allergic to eggs. A study by the Centers for...
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September
06,
2018
A case of the mumps has been confirmed at TCU. The Star-Telegram reports that Tarrant County Public Health officials are working to identify any Texas Christian University students who may have been exposed to the mumps. Currently, no other cases ...
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September
03,
2018
Last week Netflix released their newest movie, “The After Party,” a film that chronicles the story of an aspiring young rapper suffering with epilepsy. Struggling to make it in the music industry, he gains notoriety when he has a seizure on stage...
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August
30,
2018
The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations on car safety seats in the hopes of protecting kids from the leading cause of death for children 4 years and older: motor vehicle crashes. The policy statement from the AAP “provid...
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August
29,
2018
The new parents take their child to Cook Children’s for her first well-child visit. The parents don’t know the child’s social security number or even date a birth, but no one thinks twice because this is so normal to them. This is part of the C...
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August
29,
2018
Stress, as a whole, will never, never, never go away. Stress, the negative influences upon our daily lives, and anxiety, the worry and mental energy directed toward stress, are part of every human life from infancy through adulthood. One partic...
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August
23,
2018
The news that Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick had been diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome shocked fans.  You may be even more surprised to learn that while GBS is rare (incidence is about 2 per 100,000 cas...
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August
22,
2018
When the summer began, Ben Olsson, D.O., a pediatric intensive care unit physician at Cook Children's, hosted a press conference at the medical center, asking parents to "Lifeguard Your Child" and warning them about the dangers of drowning.  As on...
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August
16,
2018
The first week of school is always one of the busiest weeks of the year for emergency departments across the country, including Cook Children’s. Last year saw more kids coming to the Emergency Department for playground falls, sports injuries and p...
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August
15,
2018
As a new school year begins, a 15-year-long trend of parents refusing to vaccinate their children in Texas may put your child at serious risk for diseases like measles. That’s the concern of many of the state’s physicians based on new numbers from...
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August
10,
2018
The adolescent years are a time of tremendous growth and change - both in body and mind. Children and adolescents are being diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders at an alarming rate for reasons which are complex and multifaceted. As always,...
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August
09,
2018
I meet new kids every day and very few of them want to talk to me. I’m a speech language pathologist, so you can understand how this complicates my job. I have a few tricks up my sleeve: fun toys, silly pictures, asking them about something they b...
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August
07,
2018
How is it August already? Whether you’ve enjoyed your summer with the kids and you’re dreading the first day back or you’re counting down the days (hours), it’s time to start thinking about getting back into that back to school routine. One of ...
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August
07,
2018
I always hear the "Jaws" music playing in my head when I see these little ones toddle into my office. Dun dun...there's the rash....dun dun....fever too....dun dun...won't eat or drink much....dun dun...my diagnosis is given...DUN DUN..."What! Hand F...
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August
02,
2018
"Why is my child hungry all the time?" My first question would be, “how do you define ‘all the time’?” Some people have unrealistic expectations for a breastfeeding baby. By rule, we know that they need to eat 8-12 times per 24 hours to sustain...
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August
02,
2018
Parents worry that they do not have enough milk for many reasons: No sensation of a let down No longer leaking milk Mom’s breast do not feel full (or engorged) anymore Unable to produce milk with a pump Baby does not stay at the breast as lo...
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August
02,
2018
Babies give hunger cues when they are ready to eat. Though most people think that a crying baby is ready to eat, crying is actually the last cue and a crying baby is more difficult to latch. Earlier indicators may include: Wiggling around ...
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August
02,
2018
There are many different positions that work well with breastfeeding. Some women like to use pillows to prop the baby up and take some of the weight off of their arms, however others feel like the pillows make the job too cumbersome. Cradle and cr...
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August
02,
2018
Babies need vitamin D for strong, healthy bones and teeth. A severe deficiency of vitamin D can cause serious conditions like Rickets (a bone deformity that results in permanently bowed legs). Most mothers eat a varied diet with fortified foods (u...
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August
02,
2018
By Joel Steelman, M.D., Endocrinologist at Cook Children's Health Care System ...
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August
02,
2018
We live in a sharing society, but we don’t share all things equally. We’re likely to share a cute video of our children blowing out their birthday candles or a picture of our kids in their baseball uniforms. There are plenty of things that pare...
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August
01,
2018
Similar to most parents, Chris and Kendra Braughton waited anxiously for nine months to meet their first child. Harper brought more joy than they had imagined to their lives, and also a one in a million diagnosis. Harper was born with a rare g...
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July
31,
2018
Heart murmurs. Parents worry SO much when I hear one in their kiddo's chest and I tell them about it. But I am here to help you not freak out! I feel like I need to add "Parental Freak-Out Support and Management" to my resume. Maybe undernea...
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July
26,
2018
Families asking questions about going gluten free are a more frequent occurrence in my office lately. So, are gluten free foods better for your child? The answer is… Complicated. It depends on your child. Gluten is a protein found in whea...
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July
25,
2018
If you’ve chosen to brave the Texas heat this summer, you may have noticed that some of the few creatures to venture out with you are the mosquitoes. Or you maybe you are one of the fortunate souls that never seemed to be bitten by a mosquito. Is ...
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