Checkup Newsroom (Willow Park)

2019
February
27,
2019
| 03:58 PM America/Chicago
I want to tell you why you should never go down a slide with a child in your lap. I'm gonna get my sweet little buddy Carson here to help me. ...
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2018
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...
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June
08,
2018
| 10:54 PM America/Chicago
Lots of ear infections this week at Willow Park, and with everyone getting in the pool again let’s talk about swimmer’s ear vs. inner ear infection. It can be a little confusing! Swimmer’s ears are infections in the canals of the ears that make th...
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March
01,
2018
| 05:10 PM America/Chicago
On March 1, 2018, your Cook Children’s pediatrician’s offices, specialist clinics, urgent care centers, ER and medical center will be using a new computer system called Epic. We are getting rid of the old medical records system and replacing it with ...
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2017
July
11,
2017
| 08:14 PM America/Chicago
Tears were dripping down my face after I read this.  This sweet baby died at age 7 months by getting tangled in a blanket in his crib.  Please don't put blankets (or anything other than a paci) in your baby's crib.  With a heavy heart, Dr. D...
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June
19,
2017
| 11:40 PM America/Chicago
Let's learn something about ... DEET! DEET gets a pretty bad rap. In a day and age where people are pushing for the more "natural" approaches to prevention and medical care, DEET seems to be the least natural thing out there, right? You know wh...
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May
24,
2017
| 06:19 PM America/Chicago
Do you or your kids get canker sores? We doctors call them "aphthous ulcers" because we cannot use names in medicine that are easily pronounceable. Come on. ...
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May
18,
2017
| 11:26 PM America/Chicago
As children go outdoors to enjoy the warm weather of spring, you could end up taking your young adventurers to the pediatrician for allergic reactions to poison ivy and/or poison oak. Green, glossy leaves that grow in clusters of three characteriz...
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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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April
18,
2017
| 05:46 PM America/Chicago
"What is the best vitamin my kid can take?" That's one of the most common questions I get while doing my AMAs on our Willow Park Pediatrics Facebook page.  The answer I give, most of the time, is - nothing. Here's a few points about vitamins...
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February
22,
2017
| 08:46 PM America/Chicago
Alright let's talk Tamiflu. At Willow Park, we are getting tons of calls for it if a child has been exposed, a parent has been exposed, a neighbor has it, your dog sniffed someone's bum who had the flu two weeks ago, etc....  Ask most physician...
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January
23,
2017
| 10:02 PM America/Chicago
I knew the day would come. My son Jack marched up to me this morning and announced, "Mama, there's a raisin in my nose!" And that sucker was pushed in real deep.  I didn't have any of my fancy extraction tools at home to get it out, so I'm g...
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2016
December
06,
2016
| 10:24 PM America/Chicago
Ok let's learn something about "ear infections and tubes!" I should call this: "The Eustachian Tube - Dictator of Ear Happiness." More later on that. Few things I want to put out there first: 1) There are two kinds of ear infections: middle ...
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November
30,
2016
| 05:43 PM America/Chicago
Newborns aren't able to manage their body temperature like adults can. So, as the thermostat dips, the way you handle outings with little ones needs to change.  Know your babies' limits and plan ahead when making a trip outside so you can keep the...
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September
22,
2016
| 10:01 PM America/Chicago
You hear it coming from your son’s room – the screaming, the crying. He may have even gotten out of bed and run to the living room and is now pacing back and forth. You try to talk some sense into him, but it’s almost as if you aren’t there. He’s ...
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August
19,
2016
| 06:38 PM America/Chicago
Cough, cough, cough, cough, cough……….beep, beep, beep. This was a common sound heard on the inpatient floor this past year as I worked as a hospitalist. Young babies coughing until they couldn’t catch their breath followed by our respiratory monit...
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August
15,
2016
| 04:32 PM America/Chicago
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This month, we are educating about vaccine-preventable diseases and the ways you can protect yourself and your family from them. Vaccines are #savinglivessilently. ...
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August
01,
2016
| 09:50 PM America/Chicago
Let’s get real and talk about varicella (chickenpox). I feel like varicella is a severely underestimated virus. Most people our age had a mild version of chickenpox as a child, I had it at age 10, and that was that. We weren’t educated about the comp...
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July
20,
2016
| 05:51 PM America/Chicago
Alright, I’m going to fill you in on a secret. Information that will save you and your child pain, money, time, and anxiety. I’m going to teach you about a rash that we see weekly in our office at Forest Park – often many times a day. It freaks...
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July
07,
2016
| 09:50 PM America/Chicago
Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer – the most common form of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer is a serious problem in the United States. Did you know this information from the Skin Cancer Foundation? One in five American...
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May
12,
2016
| 11:28 PM America/Chicago
My 10-month-old daughter Abby has some developmental delays. She is a sweet and happy baby who loves to babble ("mamama"... be still my heart!), pick up small toys and explore them slowly, play peek-a-boo, pick up her tiny foods with two fingers, ...
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April
06,
2016
| 05:44 PM America/Chicago
Let's learn something about poop. Hard poop. Painful poop. Constipation. Let's see how many times I can type "poop" in one post. Constipation is the cause of alllllll the things. Just joking. No, but really – it’s one of the most common things...
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April
04,
2016
| 10:41 PM America/Chicago
Let's chat about headaches! Headaches are a common visit complaint to our office at Willow Park and it can be overwhelming for parents and us. Let's narrow this down. One way to narrow this down is asking, "What part of your head is hurting?" and ...
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2015
May
07,
2015
| 10:57 PM America/Chicago
After completing 24 years of schooling and medical training, you’d think that once I graduated from pediatric residency, I’d know a thing or two about the health of children. And I did. I knew a lot. I knew that breastfeeding provided the best nutrit...
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2014
September
05,
2014
| 05:16 PM America/Chicago
When my son Jack was born via C-section, everyone had something nice to say about his beautiful round head. “It’s so perfect! Not like the poor little cone-headed babies!” Little did they know that his pretty little spherical skull would soon resembl...
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July
30,
2014
| 07:02 PM America/Chicago
When I came home from the hospital with my new bundle of joy last fall, the first two weeks were filled with the tasks of survival – learning to feed my son, making sure he was growing appropriately, entertaining family and friends who wanted to meet...
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April
23,
2014
| 06:36 PM America/Chicago
Like many other pediatricians, we are seeing obesity issues starting in a much younger population at our Cook Children's office in Willow Park. In Parker County, Cook Children's is taking action on this important issue. The Healthy Children Coalition...
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