Checkup Newsroom (Virus)

2019
March
07,
2019
| 10:12 PM America/Chicago
“It’s just a virus.” I hate that phrase and I know it never gives parents comfort when they hear it from doctors. Doctors (I’ll admit I’ve said it too) usually say “it’s just a virus” to let parents know we don’t see anything that suggests a ba...
Read more
2018
October
24,
2018
| 09:26 PM America/Chicago
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...
Read more
August
07,
2018
| 05:25 PM America/Chicago
I always hear the "Jaws" music playing in my head when I see these little ones toddle into my office. Dun dun...there's the rash....dun dun....fever too....dun dun...won't eat or drink much....dun dun...my diagnosis is given...DUN DUN..."What! Hand F...
Read more
2016
February
02,
2016
| 09:57 PM America/Chicago
Zika has gained attention from not only the CDC, but the World Health Organization. Leaders from the Who called Zika a “public health emergency of international concern,” earlier in the week, because how fast the virus is spreading and the continu...
Read more
2015
November
30,
2015
| 09:30 PM America/Chicago
Are we there yet? “No.” Are we there yet? “No. 5 more minutes.” Are we there yet? “No. I will tell you when we get there!” Did anyone hear this or something like it last week? We’ve been asking a similar question to our favorite Cook Chil...
Read more
June
25,
2015
| 09:03 PM America/Chicago
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. ...
Read more
January
16,
2015
| 08:38 PM America/Chicago
Hand hygiene is important year-round, but it's critical during winter when the spread of virus peaks. Plant the seeds of cleanliness early by modeling proper hand washing for toddlers - 20 seconds of scrubbing from wrists to fingernails does the tric...
Read more
January
08,
2015
| 03:04 PM America/Chicago
Warts are one of the most annoying problems. They are not caused by holding (or kissing) frogs but, instead, are caused by viruses. The virus that causes warts is contagious, but that does not necessarily mean that if your child touches a wart ...
Read more
2014
September
14,
2014
| 10:00 PM America/Chicago
Along with vaccinations, hand-washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent flu. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are not effective against enterovirus 68, only good, old fashioned hand-washing.Hand hygiene is especially important while children ...
Read more
June
27,
2014
| 03:54 PM America/Chicago
A mosquito has tested positive for West Nile virus in Tarrant County for the first time in 2014, according to the Tarrant County Public Health Department.The mosquito was recently trapped in Benbrook, near the southwestern border of Fort Worth, and t...
Read more