Checkup Newsroom (Safety)

2018
December
13,
2018
It should be the most wonderful time of the year, but you don’t want to spend it in the emergency room. New decorations and experiences can cause accidents and pose a danger for your child. Here are 12 day-ngers of Christmas: Fireplace - Ligh...
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November
13,
2018
NBC Charlotte - It's the kind of thing that keeps parents awake at night: Kids playing with guns. But this isn't your typical gun safety program. WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina profiles the Aim for Safety program at Cook Children's.  ...
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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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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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March
28,
2018
WFAA - Emergency physician Dan Guzman, M.D. launches 'Aim for Safety' program to show the importance of gun locks and safes. Link to story here.     ...
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2017
September
21,
2017
Even after nearly 30 years as a policeman, the thought of child abduction leaves a knot in the stomach of Sgt. Lonny Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety. The recent reports of attempted abduction attempts in northeast Tarrant County...
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August
16,
2017
School is just around the corner, so it can be a very busy time for students and parents to start buying school supplies and school clothes for the new school year. One piece of equipment, which is often overlooked, is the essential backpack.  Doe...
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August
10,
2017
Car seats may mean the difference in life or death if your child is riding in one during a wreck. Safe Kids Worldwide states that car seats used correctly reduce the potential of death by as much as 71 percent. But the tragic death of 9-month-old ...
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July
14,
2017
Deaths caused by accidental injuries have decreased over 50 percent since the 1980s. However, since the 1990s, deaths caused by accidental poisonings have doubled. Following a few simple safety steps can help prevent accidental poisonings.Click here ...
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July
03,
2017
Since 2011, 24 kids have been treated at Cook Children's following a near drowning during the Fourth of July Weekend. The safety experts at Cook Children’s say kids can’t afford anything less than 100 percent adult supervision at the pool at all t...
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June
29,
2017
We want you to have a safe Fourth of July weekend, so we thought it might help for you to know where your child is most at risk during the holiday. Through our Trauma department registry, here are the top four causes of injuries we’ve seen from 20...
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June
26,
2017
A 3-year-old from Fort Worth died over the weekend after he climbed into a non-working vehicle. The Star-Telegram reported police believe the boy was in the car for 45 minutes before he was found. Temperatures reached 100 degrees in Tarrant County...
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May
16,
2017
Already this month, eight kids have been brought to Cook Children’s after getting hit by a car, including one child who died. From May 1 to 15, six children were admitted to Cook Children’s and two were treated and released from the Emergency Depa...
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May
11,
2017
OK mom and dad, be honest. Does your child wear a helmet while on a bike? If not, statistics say you may make a visit to an Emergency Department near you very soon. A report from Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program ...
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May
03,
2017
The multiple tornadoes that rampaged through East Texas over the weekend shows the devastation these storms can bring with them. An average of 132 tornadoes occur in Texas each year.   At some point, probably in the near future, one of those to...
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2016
December
20,
2016
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays are great! But it’s also the busiest time of the year, and it’s hard to think about everything. We asked our experts for a few ideas to make sure your children are safe during your holiday travel...
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October
27,
2016
Sadly, many kids get hit by cars during Halloween. A little planning before the big night can go a long way toward keeping your children injury free. Safe trick-or-treating begins with your littles ones' costumes. "Parents may think buying costume...
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August
17,
2016
A surprising cool front has broken the typical 100 degree August heat, but it may also be putting Texas' kids at risk. Placing a crib, changing table or chair next to a window might offer your child a nice view outside or access to fresh air, but ...
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July
06,
2016
Drowning is quick. Safe Kids Worldwide estimates you may have less than a minute to react once a child begins to struggle in a pool. And yet, one in three parents surveyed has left their child at pool for two to three minutes without supervision. ...
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July
06,
2016
Did you know that drowning will most likely affect you or someone you know?Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children ages 1 to 4 years old and the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for ag...
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May
26,
2016
Before you head to the lake or the pool, take a moment to read the label on your children’s life vests or life-saving swim devices. It could save their lives. “For children’s safety, parents should make sure their kids are in U.S. Coast Guard (...
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May
16,
2016
Every day, six teens are killed in a car crash. But mom and dad, you may play a larger part than you ever realized in keeping your kids safe behind the wheel. And if you have a son, you may have to have an even longer conversation. New research...
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April
07,
2016
Texting combines three distractions into one: it takes the driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind off the primary task. The Texas Department of Transportation says distracted driving includes distraction, driver inattention or cell-...
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January
15,
2016
It may sound unbelievable this time of the year, but the first heatstroke death of 2016 has been confirmed. It happened on Jan. 12, in Rossville, Georgia. The 13-month-old child died after being left in a car for more than 5 hours with the heater run...
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2015
July
22,
2015
Protect your kids. That was the overall message from Fort Worth, Texas Mayor Betsy Price and representatives from the city of Fort Worth, including Cook Children's, at a press conference to address city-wide support of drowning prevention measures...
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July
17,
2015
As a pediatric endocrinologist, I see many kids who tend to hide their diabetes or other diseases. They could all learn a lesson from a young woman named Marissa Heintschel. I learned about Marissa during one of my recent searches for news abou...
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July
02,
2015
The drowning numbers at Cook Children’s alone are startling: 2 deaths to begin the month of July 26 non-fatal drownings from June 1 to July 1, 2015 43 non-fatal drownings from Oct. 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015 4 fatal drownings during that sam...
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July
02,
2015
July began with two fatal drowning. For the month of June 2015, the Cook Children’s Trauma department cared for 26 non-fatal drowning victims, with 20 of those occurring in either a home, apartment or community pool. That's more than double from the ...
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April
10,
2015
Tornado season is upon us with all the anxiety and fear it brings. Each year we see the horrible devastation that hits our friends and neighbors in this area. It's easy to give in to those fears. How can we protect our children? How can we save our h...
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2014
August
31,
2014
As a mom and a pediatrician, I want what is best for my children and my patients. I want to keep my kids and my patients as safe as possible. One way to do this is to follow the recommendations and best practices regarding child passenger safety. Mot...
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