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2018
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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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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