Checkup Newsroom (Pediatrician)

2019
July
23,
2019
| 04:31 PM America/Chicago
I read the report on essential oils from the Tennesee poison center with great interest. The report said that reports of toxic exposure to essential oils doubled from 2011 to 2015. I've been interested in essential oils for a while now, beginning ...
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July
23,
2019
| 04:30 PM America/Chicago
Previously, I looked at the safety and research of essential oils and children. Today, I will answer more questions asked on my Facebook page. Effectiveness/General Use Do they really work or is it a mind over matter thing? I think that ther...
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July
23,
2019
| 04:28 PM America/Chicago
I decided to tackle the subject of essential oils. I know many people out there are firm believers in how effective they are. So before I approached this topic, I did some pretty significant research into what is out there on the use of oils in child...
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July
01,
2019
| 06:14 PM America/Chicago
Over the weekend, my heart was touched when I read a story about a mom named Alexa Bjornson sending her 7-year-old boy, Landon, alone on a flight from Las Vegas to Oregon to see his dad.  This would be stressful for any mom, but Alexa's son has hi...
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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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January
24,
2019
| 09:03 PM America/Chicago
Bah-bah. Binky. Button. Nip-nip. Num. Paci. Sassy. Soothie. Wubbanub. Whatever you call it, parents have lots of questions about pacifier use. Let’s look at some of the most common: 1. When is it OK to start a pacifier? A pacifier can be ...
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January
15,
2019
| 08:24 PM America/Chicago
The other night my son absolutely insisted on mac and cheese (one of his few, uh, acceptable entrees). And it couldn’t be that “healthy” natural organic kind. It had to be the neon orange kind. He’s sensitive to colors and textures and can spot that ...
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2018
December
17,
2018
| 11:28 PM America/Chicago
“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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November
28,
2018
| 05:00 PM America/Chicago
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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August
27,
2018
| 05:19 PM America/Chicago
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Texas is among 18 states that allow families to opt out of vaccines for personal or moral beliefs. The Morning News reports that Plano, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston all ranked among the 15...
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July
19,
2018
| 05:19 PM America/Chicago
A new study shows that too often, doctors and Advance Practice Providers (Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants) prescribe an antibiotic as an answer to all needs. But the truth is that those rampant prescriptions may be causing more harm than...
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April
09,
2018
| 05:24 PM America/Chicago
Expectant moms sometimes call our clinic and ask when they should schedule an appointment to interview their future pediatrician. I say it’s something you can’t do soon enough. If you deliver early, you may miss the chance to sit down and meet the pe...
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March
07,
2018
| 05:11 PM America/Chicago
The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a letter warning parents and cheerleaders from 39 states and nine counties that they may have been exposed to mumps at a cheerleading competition last month in Dallas.  The Dallas Morning Ne...
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March
06,
2018
| 06:16 PM America/Chicago
Over time, various concerns about vaccines have been brought up. Basically the way it happens is like this … someone comes up with a theory as to why vaccines might be a cause of autism. The scientific community starts to complete studies to determin...
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2017
December
21,
2017
| 07:00 AM America/Chicago
Thank you to my patients for allowing me some time with my family during the holidays.  It hasn't always been easy for us this year. At 4 a.m. or so during Thanksgiving, I heard the telltale "croup cough" coming from my daughter's monitor. It's su...
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October
06,
2017
| 05:47 PM America/Chicago
Why did the cookie go to the doctor? He felt a little crummy. Why is diarrhea inherited? It runs in the jeans. When it comes to jokes, Eric Hopkins’, M.D., has got a million of ‘em. As his patients in his Grapevine office can tell you. He is al...
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September
15,
2017
| 05:09 PM America/Chicago
It wasn't rehab for drug addiction or a mental breakdown after her break-up with Justin Bieber that caused Selena Gomez to step out of the spotlight in December 2013. In an interview with Billboard published October 8, she reveals that her time he...
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September
13,
2017
| 09:30 PM America/Chicago
Thanks to Senate Bill 1566, you will now know if someone in your child’s classroom has head lice. The bill requires school nurses to notify parents within 48 hours if their child or a classmate has been identified to have head lice. Along with ...
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July
19,
2017
| 05:50 PM America/Chicago
Ok I'll go first, I'm a bad mom because I let my baby roll off the couch ... well, both babies. I have moms in my office tell me all kinds of variations of the "I'm a bad mom statement" and it is always for minor things - still using a pacifier, l...
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July
11,
2017
| 08:14 PM America/Chicago
Tears were dripping down my face after I read this.  This sweet baby died at age 7 months by getting tangled in a blanket in his crib.  Please don't put blankets (or anything other than a paci) in your baby's crib.  With a heavy heart, Dr. D...
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June
16,
2017
| 05:44 PM America/Chicago
Frank McGehee, M.D., may surprise you when it comes to his parenting tips as a father of four biological children and two step kids – he puts all of the children second. Dr. McGehee, seen here with his daughter Brigid, became a stepfather of two y...
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May
31,
2017
| 10:31 PM America/Chicago
Some kids have a hard time going to sleep. No matter what time you set bed time, even with the perfect routine, they toss and turn and get out of bed for hours. What is a family to do? ...
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May
24,
2017
| 06:19 PM America/Chicago
Do you or your kids get canker sores? We doctors call them "aphthous ulcers" because we cannot use names in medicine that are easily pronounceable. Come on. ...
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February
27,
2017
| 05:17 PM America/Chicago
The first days after having a baby are full of wonder, awe and excitement, but those days can also bring anxiety. Breastfeeding can be one of the largest sources of this. If you are feeling this way, know that you are not alone! Many doctor moms say ...
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January
25,
2017
| 06:15 PM America/Chicago
Should you buy a newborn baby respiratory monitor? Will it give you peace of mind? Will it prevent a bad outcome in your child?The answer is probably…no and no.Newborn technology innovation is driven largely by cashing in on the fears of parents. ...
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January
05,
2017
| 05:04 PM America/Chicago
Did you child receive a phone, tablet or TV this year for Christmas?  Have you seen or talked to them since? Whether it’s a phone, a tablet or the TV, there’s no denying that the use of screens and media have changed childhood and parenting. Do...
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2016
December
07,
2016
| 06:09 PM America/Chicago
The first time it happened, my youngest boy was 2 years old. I dropped him off at preschool in 40 degree weather and explained to the teacher that he refused to wear pants. So, I left him in shorts and with a jacket. He was fine. The next year I conv...
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December
02,
2016
| 04:30 PM America/Chicago
If you are staying at the grandparents during the holidays, warn your kids to be ready for the winter checklist from them before they go outside and play. Make sure your hair is dry. Wear shoes outside. Put on your hat. But does any of th...
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November
29,
2016
| 06:01 PM America/Chicago
Cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) infections in North Texas commonly increase in the winter. But this year, it's arrived earlier than usual. During the week of Nov. 20, 2016, 47 Cook Children’s patients tested positive for RSV. During this s...
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November
10,
2016
| 05:24 PM America/Chicago
1. All ear pain is an ear infection. Ear pain can be caused by many different factors. Often kids just play with or point to their ears. If the child is otherwise cranky, sick or not sleeping well, parents will assume there is an ear infection. Ho...
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