Checkup Newsroom (Pediatrics)

2019
April
05,
2019
“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you ha...
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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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2018
March
07,
2018
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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2017
November
30,
2017
A new study shows Texas ranks 47th in cancer-preventing vaccine coverage, showing that Texans aren’t getting the message about the dangers of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, Texas only ranked higher t...
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August
07,
2017
My kids are currently out of town for their annual summertime week with my mother, and that leaves us parents with some time to relax, eat out, watch Game of Thrones, and – drumroll – strategize about our parenting strategies. Yes, I know, that la...
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2016
December
22,
2016
“His cough is sooo croupy!” When parents report a croupy cough, it means different things. Some parents call bad/deep/dry/wet/rattly coughs croupy. When I think of “croupy cough,” I mean “barky” like a dog or a seal. We are seeing quite a bit o...
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September
06,
2016
Football season has officially started. While it’s a fun time of year that many student-athletes look forward to, it's also time to freshen up on our knowledge about concussions so that we don’t put our kids at risk for severe long-term symptoms. ...
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2015
December
11,
2015
A new study shows that injuries to cheerleaders don’t happen often, but when they do occur they are usually serious. Researchers in Pediatrics found that only track and field and swimming were safer as far as the number of injuries to athletes, bu...
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November
16,
2015
Imagine you are 5 years old. It’s a beautiful day and you are stuck in the house with a fever. Your wonderful mother gives you little orange tablets that taste like oranges. You think taking these little tablets that look a lot like M&M’s will make y...
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October
02,
2015
Audrey Rogers, M.D. a Cook Children’s pediatrician, believes the most appropriate time for a young woman to see an OB/GYN to be around the age of 21 or when she graduates college. But, she says it really depends on the relationship between your daugh...
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October
01,
2015
Desperation or neglect, whatever the reason the story is devastating. In the wake a baby is dead and her mom has been charged with her murder. In addition, the baby’s dad has been charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to a child for diluting...
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September
30,
2015
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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September
29,
2015
A study published in Pediatrics shows an increase of kids in the U.S. going to the ER for treatment of self-inflicted injuries, such as cutting. From 2009 to 2012, self-injuries increased from 1.1 percent to 1.6 percent of all visits. While the in...
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September
10,
2015
As a parent, your instinct is to protect your child at all costs. However, some moms and dads may not realize the harm they are doing their newborn by not getting themselves or their older children vaccinated for whooping cough, or pertussis. B...
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August
05,
2015
Nearly all children dabble in picky eating. But, severely picky eaters take food selectivity to a different level. Severe selective eating is a disorder that prevents the consumption of certain foods or food groups and is associated with complete int...
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July
28,
2015
So, your baby can’t sleep on his side, but your mom says he will sleep better that way. You decide to seek out some information online and you find this: “Although data to make specific recommendations as to when it is safe for infants to sleep...
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June
25,
2015
I’ve written about many of the myths regarding human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination before, ultimately concluding that it is safe, effective, does not lead to promiscuous behavior and that all three of my kids will get them when their time comes. ...
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May
29,
2015
It’s midnight. You wake up with a tear-streaked face staring at you. “Mom, my legs hurt.” It wouldn’t be so concerning except that it’s happening four nights a week, for months. Right? So, what do you do? Watch The Doc Smitty in Cook Chil...
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May
19,
2015
Unless you are one of the 80 to 120 parents whose baby has been born with congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI), odds are you’ve probably never heard of this rare and severe disorder. Even skilled physicians may not be on the lookout for something as u...
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May
05,
2015
I’m not afraid to step into controversial pediatric topics. I’ve covered essential oils, HPV vaccination and many others. But I was surprised when I stepped into another HUGE controversy on my Facebook page a while back while discussing head lice....
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April
22,
2015
Give it to the Jenners, they sure know how to get attention. But right now 17-year-old Kylie Jenner may not be enjoying the spotlight as much as usual. A disturbing trend on social media, the #kyliejennerchallenge, has left some teenagers in pain ...
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April
07,
2015
When is a stomach bug not just a stomach bug? How do you know when it is something else or when it could be more dangerous? A report last week from the CDC described a cluster of infections caused by shigella, a bacteria that can cause severe d...
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March
26,
2015
How does one go about picking a pediatrician these days? If you want to start, visit Cook Children's guide to choosing a pediatrician. Then, go check out your doctor on healthgrades.com or vitals.com or any of the other rating sites you can find. ...
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March
24,
2015
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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March
23,
2015
ESPN’s recent 30 for 30 special, “I Hate Christian Laettner,” looks at the subject’s controversial time as a standout basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils. Laettner was despised by many basketball fans because of the way he played the game, inc...
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March
15,
2015
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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March
03,
2015
Chest pain is a common complaint in children and teenagers, but is often not a major concern. We have been trained to assume that chest pain is caused by the heart and an emergency, which is right in adults. But, one of the basic principles of ped...
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February
24,
2015
Bedwetting.It’s the problem that many families have faced, but people rarely talk about. It can leaving you feeling like you are out on an island all by yourself.Guess what? You’re not as alone as you think.Here are the percentages of kids who are st...
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February
17,
2015
Doctors complain about patient demands. Patients sometimes complain that doctors don’t give them what they want. A recent study done in the adult oncology world and published in JAMA, found that doctors had a perception that patients were demandin...
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January
30,
2015
I find myself sometimes when off work slipping back into viewing things with the insight of a pediatric endocrinologist. Lately, football has put a lot into perspective for me. Take a look at the two starting quarterback for the Super Bowl between...
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