Checkup Newsroom (The Doc Smitty)

2018
November
07,
2018
RSV has arrived at Cook Children's. Last week, 78 kids tested positive for RSV, compared to only two who tested positive for Influenza A. RSV is a virus. It’s short for respiratory syncytial virus. It causes a disease in young children (especia...
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August
27,
2018
By now you may have seen the story of a confirmed case of measles at Plano West Senior High School.  Collin County Health Care Services sent out an advisory stating there was one confirmed case of this highly contagious disease and that anyone at ...
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April
30,
2018
Did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) actually has an official stance encouraging pediatricians to talk with their families about the importance of daily, out-loud reading to your children (Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component o...
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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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March
06,
2018
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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January
26,
2018
Have you ever noticed a prominent blue vein across your child’s nose? Maybe you thought it was no big deal. Maybe you heard something about it that made you worry. Here are 4 facts about sugar bugs that you should know: 1.Prominent veins are...
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2017
October
24,
2017
Because I hate vitamins so much, OK maybe not hate (because hate is a bad word according to my 6 year old)…Because I have an “intensely strong displeasure” for vitamins, you might find it shocking to read this somewhat positive article on probiotics....
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September
11,
2017
I love almost everything about practicing pediatrics but if there are two topics I have to pick as my favorites they would be: 1.Technology 2.Newborns So, you might not be surprised to hear that a new tool for evaluating jaundice using a sma...
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May
31,
2017
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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January
20,
2017
When our 18-month-old son, supposedly napping in his crib, came strolling into the kitchen, we realized it was probably time to make the transition to a “big-boy” bed (even though it was a little earlier than we had planned). Most children transit...
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2016
November
22,
2016
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be around any unvaccinated children. Well, the parents of her other...
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July
29,
2016
As a dad of three and a pediatrician, my life can be pretty hectic.  Sometimes I have to be reminded by Mrs. Smitty to put down the iPhone or the tablet and spend some family time. After all, this is the new era of fathers being more involved than...
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July
01,
2016
Baby frogs like funny dogs. Baby hogs like daddy’s dogs. That’s how I remembered this: Blood, frogs, lice, flies, disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, death. You might ask, why was I learning the order of the plagues? Obviously, for a bi...
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April
13,
2016
Robert De Niro couldn’t win on his decision to screen “Vaxed: From Cover-up to Conspiracy.” Once the anti-vaccination film was placed on the list for the Tribeca Film Festival, he was going to get severe backlash either way but he was forced to make ...
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March
29,
2016
If you deliver a baby via C-section, should you swab them with your vaginal secretions? A new study in Nature Medicine started the process of trying to answer this exact question You might be thinking, “What the?” But there is some logic to thi...
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February
03,
2016
I am not kidding when I say that I had a mother of a 6 month old ask me if her child was going to be ADHD, “Because he just moves all the time!” While that was an easy question to answer, I do get more difficult questions about young children with...
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January
29,
2016
Dear new moms, I have to start with an apology. It’s not that I didn’t care, or wasn’t concerned. I asked about feedings and dirty diapers. I asked about sleep positioning. I asked about your plans for vaccination. I educated on how to take ...
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January
11,
2016
The last week in my house has been terrible. Currently, I am the lone survivor of the war on Smith-Summertime-Flu-Like-Illness-2015. You name the symptom and someone in my family has had it: fever, cough, runny nose, congestion, headache, sore ...
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2015
December
09,
2015
A little boy jumping up and down, constantly fidgeting and talking out of turn might be the picture you get in your mind when you think of a child with ADHD. New research published this week in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry may challenge that...
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November
23,
2015
The Centers for Disease Control recently finished up a week of increasing awareness to a huge problem that could be one of the biggest risks our children face as they grow older. You might be thinking obesity or global warming or some other more “pop...
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November
09,
2015
There is not a topic in pediatric medicine that has more myths surrounding it than fevers. I hear statements like these: 1. “She must’ve been about 103 because she felt really hot.” Touching a child to determine if you should check their tem...
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October
04,
2015
After many sleepless nights with your 9 month old, no one could be faulted because they are looking for something, anything to get a good night’s sleep. You can read my earlier posts on the symptoms of teething and my outright forbidding the use o...
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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
08,
2015
As the husband and son of teachers, I understand the importance of education. As a pediatrician, I want to make sure that kids are in school as much as possible so that the experts in education can do what they are called to do. Along with this go...
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June
16,
2015
“I just can’t let him play sports because his asthma is SOOOO bad.” Asthma is a big problem across the country with about 25 percent of children age 9 diagnosed. Children ages 6-9 are three times more likely to have asthma than others in the state...
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April
07,
2015
"Breast is best." Advocating for breastfeeding is a big part of a pediatrician’s job in the first few months of life. We state the benefits of breastfeeding. We encourage families who are struggling and provide help with troubleshooting issues. We...
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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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April
02,
2015
What is ADHD? ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There are three core symptoms of ADHD: 1. Inattention 2. Impulsivity 3. Hyperactivity Inattention Inattention can present itself in many ways. Some of the mo...
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March
31,
2015
Track season is up and running and many of our junior high and high school athletes are training themselves to run faster and jump higher. Physical activity is clearly beneficial for our students. It can lead to increased health, decreased risky beha...
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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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