Checkup Newsroom (Toddler,Preschool)

2019
September
19,
2019
| 09:46 PM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s is looking for parents of children ages 4-12 years old to participate in a gun safety research project. Participating in the study is completely FREE. Study includes one visit to Cook Children’s Medical Center and two follow-up ...
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September
18,
2019
| 08:41 PM America/Chicago
With unseasonably warm weather hovering in the mid-90s, most Texans probably aren’t thinking about the cold and flu season right around the corner. And only time will tell for sure, but some indicators lean toward a potentially severe influenza se...
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September
11,
2019
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
It’s that time of year again. With flu season upon us, many parents are breaking the news to their kids that it’s time for “a shot.” It’s also a time you likely dread as much as your kids, knowing how helpless you feel when they are anxious and yo...
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September
03,
2019
| 08:41 PM America/Chicago
The numbers seemed too good to be true. A pool drowning death had not been reported at Cook Children’s throughout the summer of 2019. Even as the summer was winding down, every member of the Emergency Department knew a fatal drowning could still h...
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August
28,
2019
| 06:15 PM America/Chicago
By Alice Phillips, M.D. As a pediatrician, I have been lucky to practice medicine in the post-vaccine era. Although I have watched kids struggle with whooping cough, meningitis, mumps and pneumonia, I am happy to say I have never seen many of the ...
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August
27,
2019
| 11:21 PM America/Chicago
"He's having difficulty breathing" is a statement that can mean a million things, including something as simple as a stuffy nose...because it can be difficult to breathe through a stuffy nose. But when I call  a nurse to help me because this child is...
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August
09,
2019
| 05:33 PM America/Chicago
“What are you reading this summer?” This may not be one of the questions you expect to hear from a pediatrician during a well-child visit, but it’s always on the checklist for Vanessa Charette, M.D., a Cook Children’s pediatrician in Fort Worth. ...
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August
07,
2019
| 11:16 PM America/Chicago
In the summer of 1990 I was about to turn 17 and preparing for my senior year of high school. I was enrolled in Drivers Ed and thinking about which colleges I should apply. All normal events in any teenage life. Except that summer, my 22-year old sis...
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July
31,
2019
| 05:50 PM America/Chicago
For pediatrician Dr. Halley Hogan, news of Cook Children's expansion into east Denton County is a welcomed relief. She sees patients daily at her growing office on Prosper Trail, some with medical needs more complex than what a primary care office li...
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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
18,
2019
| 11:48 PM America/Chicago
As you watch your little one walking or running during play, you may ask yourself, “Is my child falling too much?” Children initially begin to walk between the ages of 12 and 15 months. In the early stages of walking, you may notice your child “wa...
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July
18,
2019
| 11:47 PM America/Chicago
The other day I went on vacation. We went over THERE. I enjoyed it because we did THIS and THAT. There was one activity where my son caught the THING and did THIS to it. We couldn’t stop laughing, but eventually we helped him get THAT over THERE. Unf...
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July
18,
2019
| 11:45 PM America/Chicago
By Katie Lawrence, CPNP & Kaci Osenga, M.D. Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) has been a board certified subspecialty in pediatrics sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2008. PPC has been a specialty service at Cook Children’s Medical...
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July
16,
2019
| 05:46 PM America/Chicago
You covered the outlets, bolted in the dressers, locked up the medicine cabinet; but have you still left something very dangerous in your children’s reach? I spend a good portion of my day asking my daughter to give my son a little space; sister l...
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July
11,
2019
| 06:07 PM America/Chicago
Nosebleeds are very common in children 2-10 years of age. Studies suggest that 30-50% of children in this age group have had at least one nosebleed. We’ve gotten a lot of requests to write a post about nosebleeds so I thought I would cover some of...
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July
02,
2019
| 11:23 PM America/Chicago
“I went to the hospital on a warm summer day with fear in my heart, I felt some dismay. The registrar said, with a smile on her face, ‘Let me show you your room, it’s a very nice place.’” For most of her 20 years, Shanley Stuteville has been a pat...
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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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June
21,
2019
| 04:43 PM America/Chicago
The summer means more kids are outside playing, biking or running around. Sadly, it also means more opportunity for danger. Over the course of a week, there were three different auto pedestrian injuries, where a child was hit by a car and ended up...
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June
20,
2019
| 06:51 PM America/Chicago
Within only three days of each other, two Texas children have died after being left in a hot car.  The first death occurred in Providence Village on Thursday, June 24, 2019. CBS11 reports the 4-year-old boy was found outside a home just before 5 p...
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June
18,
2019
| 10:49 PM America/Chicago
Over the weekend, car seats became a political issue when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed House Bill 448, which would have required children under 2 years old to be secured in a rear-facing car seat while in a moving vehicle and it would have penalized...
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June
07,
2019
| 10:44 PM America/Chicago
In the midst of country singer Granger Smith and his wife Amber sharing the news of their 3-year-old son’s River’s tragic accident, a new national report shows that drownings among young children are on the rise. Smith, a Dallas native, wrote abou...
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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
17,
2019
| 08:40 PM America/Chicago
The dashcam video is shocking. A toddler strapped into a car seat falls out of a moving vehicle and onto a busy street in Minnesota. Miraculously, the child was safe. The Mankato Department of Public Safety said in a press release that the 2-year-...
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2018
June
28,
2018
| 04:28 PM America/Chicago
About one minute outside was all it took for 1-year-old Harrison Bakke to be bitten by a baby rattlesnake. It happened just three feet from the door of his home in Abilene, Texas on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He’s currently being treated at Cook Chi...
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2017
May
12,
2017
| 05:01 PM America/Chicago
When I cruised out of pediatric residency kid-free, I thought I knew it all when it came to raising a child. Little did I know how little I knew. I’d be Terrified the Day my First Child was Born. Guess what? Reading tons of books about the healt...
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January
20,
2017
| 04:58 PM America/Chicago
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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2015
September
18,
2015
| 06:44 PM America/Chicago
Buzzwords such as ‘baby flash cards,’ ‘apps for babies,’ ‘baby tech toys,’ ‘TV shows and videos for babies bombard parents through our media-saturated universe. These buzzwords tempt parents to seek new and various ways to help their babies develop a...
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