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2018
November
07,
2018
Are you looking for the miracle cure for your baby’s congestion? Me too. Sorry, it just doesn’t exist. I tell families all the time that if I find it I will market it and retire. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to help. 1. Suct...
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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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October
24,
2018
Tragically, 7 children have died as a result of a rapidly spreading, severe infection in a New Jersey rehabilitation center. The infections have been caused by a virus called adenovirus which is a common childhood infection. Three children tested pos...
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August
02,
2018
We live in a sharing society, but we don’t share all things equally. We’re likely to share a cute video of our children blowing out their birthday candles or a picture of our kids in their baseball uniforms. There are plenty of things that pare...
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July
26,
2018
Families asking questions about going gluten free are a more frequent occurrence in my office lately. So, are gluten free foods better for your child? The answer is… Complicated. It depends on your child. Gluten is a protein found in whea...
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July
17,
2018
"I swear he looked worse when I called." "She hasn't been this active in days." "She felt so hot when we left the house." I get it. I've always tried to understand when I hear parents say these kind of things and this week I was personally r...
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July
13,
2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 100 cases of salmonella in 33 states, including three in Texas, following a recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Thirty people have been hospitalized as of yesterday afternoon. The CDC rec...
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July
03,
2018
Want an excuse not to go out in the brutal Texas heat? Chiggers. Earlier this week, NBC5 reported chiggers in North Texas is the worst in 30 years. So what does this mean for your kids? The truth is mainly annoyance. Let’s take a look at ...
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May
09,
2018
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed EpiPen, a lower-dose version EpiPen Jr. and Mylan’s generic versions of the products on its list of drugs in shortage. The FDA said the products were currently available, but that ...
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April
27,
2018
It’s a classic bit of advice when you child is running fever: Alternate Tylenol and Motrin around the clock to keep their fever down. But, does it help? Is it necessary? I personally don’t think so…and here are 4 reasons why: 1. I don’t trea...
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March
19,
2018
Kids itch their bottoms. On a recent interview with the Joel McHale Show, Kristen Bell described an episode in her family that highlights one common cause: pinworms. If you haven’t seen the video, I highly recommend you watch it because, it’s a...
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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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February
21,
2018
Did you hear early in the season how the flu vaccine was worthless and only going to have about 10 percent effectiveness? You probably did, but hopefully that didn't prevent you from getting your child's flu vaccine. New data from the CDC sugge...
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February
20,
2018
As if there weren’t enough choices for formula in the newborn period…now we have to decide if our toddler needs formula too? Most pediatricians recommend breastfeeding as the primary source of fluid intake for up to one year of age (even longer is...
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February
08,
2018
Are you panicked about the flu? How do you know if your kid is getting worse? What about all these kids getting really sick, even dying? Here's what I've been saying all day, every day in my office this week. 1. Healthy kids who get sick from t...
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February
06,
2018
If you aren’t crazy about Tamiflu, I get it. Except for in specific cases, I’m not either. But I’ve been asked about some other treatment options. Do they work? Are they safe? When it comes to “alternative” medications, I try to keep an open mi...
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February
01,
2018
Antidiarrheal medicines are in the news right now because the U.S. Food & Drug Admininistration has reached out to manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their producs as part of its fight against th...
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January
09,
2018
This year’s flu vaccine effectiveness has been questioned. “Should I even bother getting the vaccine,” I get asked. “Yes. You should definitely still get your child’s flu vaccine.” Here’s why. Is it going to be a bad flu season? Widesp...
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January
03,
2018
The holidays are over, but the flu season has arrived … early. Last week, 1,118 patients were tested for the flu at Cook Children’s and 429 tested positive (380 for Flu A and another 49 for Flu B). Get your flu shot (go ahead, it’s not too late...
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2017
December
28,
2017
It’s 3 a.m. and your child wakes up feeling like an oven. Quick! Where’s your thermometer? The preceding message was a drill. A drill that I should practice more often because when the heat is on, I flame out every time. Let’s assume you are...
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December
18,
2017
"Teething - aka the devil - is so hard." I know Serena, babies are hard to read. As I read Serena Williams' tweets and the struggles she's going through with her baby my heart went out to her. There were times in my own parenting journey where ...
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November
20,
2017
Here’s something NOT to be thankful for this week – the flu has arrived in our area. Just in time to travel for the Thanksgiving holidays, 23 kids tested positive for the flu (20 Influenza A, 3 Influenza B) last week (November 12-18). That’s the m...
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November
03,
2017
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement encouraging parents to donate to public cord blood banks following the birth of their children. Cord blood banking has grown increasingly popular among parents over the past decade...
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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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October
20,
2017
My child's been coughing all winter…all summer…all year… Yep, it’s possible and it’s probably true. It might make you anxious. But, it might not mean there is anything to worry about. Most children with a cough that lasts one week or less have ...
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September
18,
2017
“That wasn’t so bad.” Not many kids look forward to the flu shot, but almost all of them realize that it wasn’t as bad as they thought. Yes, it’s that time of year. Here are 6 questions we hear most often about the flu vaccine: 1. Who needs ...
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September
15,
2017
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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August
18,
2017
Growing up, I loved playing sports. I loved the competition and the comradery of being on a team. My dad loved watching me play and my mom did as well. What she didn’t enjoy as much was throwing all of my sweaty, dirty clothes in the wash or sitti...
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August
15,
2017
The Texas Department of State Health (DSHS) recommends that people drink and eat only pasteurized diary products (including soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt). The DSHS has issued a health alert stating that a person contracted Brucellosis from cons...
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