Checkup Newsroom (Our Experts)

2018
July
13,
2018
While most of us know Fenfluramine as one of two components in a notorious weight loss drug, researchers are finding it has remarkable potential for the treatment of rare genetic epilepsy syndromes. Cook Children’s recently participated in multice...
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July
13,
2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 100 cases of salmonella in 33 states, including three in Texas, following a recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Thirty people have been hospitalized as of yesterday afternoon. The CDC rec...
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July
12,
2018
Two children were rushed to Cook Children’s after being left alone in a bathtub so far in July, according to the Trauma registry of the medical center. Nine chilren have been treated for bathtub drownings this year, with one resulting in a death. ...
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July
11,
2018
Ok the slime thing. It's big right now. I had no idea how big until I started asking parents of school-aged kids (mine are a bit younger) and they said, "Uh, yeah. Everyone makes slime nowadays. The kids trade it, play with it daily, and talk about i...
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July
10,
2018
Heart murmurs. Parents worry SO much when I hear one in their kiddo's chest and tell them about it. And 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 underneath "O...
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July
10,
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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July
10,
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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July
09,
2018
As Cook Children’s virtual lactation consultant, you probably won’t be surprised to learn I am very passionate about the importance of breastfeeding. But if you’ve ever had a consult with me, you know I meet every mom right where she wants to be and ...
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July
05,
2018
For 100 years Cook Children's has built its reputation on taking care of kids who needed help the most. Perhaps no department is an example of that reliability and stability as the Heart Center Program. The physicians within the program are a legacy ...
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July
03,
2018
Want an excuse not to go out in the brutal Texas heat? Chiggers. Earlier this week, NBC5 reported chiggers in North Texas is the worst in 30 years. So what does this mean for your kids? The truth is mainly annoyance. Let’s take a look at ...
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July
02,
2018
This week you will hear a lot about fireworks safety, but that’s not the only danger children face over the Fourth of July holiday. As we have reported throughout multiple summers, drowning remains a leading threat to children during the holiday. ...
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June
28,
2018
About one minute outside was all it took for 1-year-old Harrison Bakke to be bitten by a baby rattlesnake. It happened just three feet from the door of his home in Abilene, Texas on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He’s currently being treated at Cook Chi...
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June
27,
2018
At first your baby’s hiccups seem cute, but then they don’t seem to be going away. Now what? Justin Smith, M.D., is a pediatrician and also the dad of three kids. He seemed like the perfect person to talk to about why babies get hiccups and how do...
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June
25,
2018
The FDA has approved the first cannabinoid-based treatment for rare, severe forms of epilepsy. Greenwich Biosciences (GW Pharma) received the approval for Epidiolex, an oil-based purified cannabidiol (CBD), studied specifically in two rare epileps...
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June
22,
2018
By now you've probably met Ayla. The video of her hearing for the first time after a successful cochlear implant by Cook Children's Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon Kristen Honsinger, M.D., has become a viral sensation. Will and Anna Esler, Ayla's par...
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June
19,
2018
“The Incredibles 2” scored the biggest domestic debut ever for an animated movie, making more than $180 million since its release on June 15. With a 14-year hiatus between the original and the sequel, audiences were more than eager to see the Parr fa...
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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
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
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
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
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
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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