Checkup Newsroom (experts)

2018
October
03,
2018
I know a lot of you are putting on your favorite pink shirt to watch Mean Girls for the umpteenth time. After all, this is a modern classic. So much so that October 3 has become #MeanGirlsDay. From Heathers to Mean Girls, these ‘rites of passag...
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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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May
18,
2018
Don’t leave your child alone in the bathtub. That’s the simple message that the folks at Cook Children’s who watch out for your kids’ safety wants you to know. From March 14 to April 10, 2018, five children were rushed to the Emergency Departme...
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April
06,
2018
Today’s students have greater demands than ever before, with homework and a greater emphasis on scoring high on standardized tests like the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Parents can help by making sure that children pla...
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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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2017
May
26,
2017
Memorial Day weekend is here and for many of us, this is family time away from the office or school. Unfortunately, it can also be a time of tragedy when kids are rushed to Cook Children’s for help. ...
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2016
December
06,
2016
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
01,
2016
Adele, you are not alone.  The pop superstar gave an interview in the most recent edition of Vanity Fair and talked very frankly about her battle with postpartum depression, following the birth of her son. She said her postpartum depression made h...
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October
13,
2016
I try to downplay concerns about fevers. You can read more about that here and here. Once people have heard my reasoning, they can get on board that fever isn’t as big of a deal as they once thought except for one MAJOR question: What about feb...
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August
23,
2016
Here are four reasons I don't recommend putting a breastfed newborn on a feeding schedule: They need comfort and bonding. Imagine being thrown into a brand new, anxiety-provoking environment with no skills for calming yourself and no way of esca...
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August
19,
2016
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
01,
2016
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
15,
2016
Want to prevent allergies in your child? A new study suggests you might want to relax about letting your kids suck their thumbs and bite their nails. The study participants compared children with either or both of these “bad” oral habits with thos...
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June
23,
2016
I was surprised by yesterday’s announcement that the nasal spray version of the annual flu vaccine didn’t protect kids last year. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the Centers for Disease Control’s ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunizati...
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April
14,
2016
By: Jody S. Hawkins, Information Security Officer Over the past several years, I have been actively speaking to parents, children, tweens, teens, and young adults regarding the dangers of the Internet and social media. I discovered rather quickly ...
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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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April
06,
2016
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
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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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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March
25,
2016
A mom reached out to us, asking about the way her child stored food in his mouth. The stuffed cheeks reminded us of a chipmunk. And honestly, it sounded kind of cute. Until, we discussed the issue with one of our experts. Alaina Everitt, a license...
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March
23,
2016
Goat's milk is not a healthy alternative to formula (preferably cow's milk, followed by soy-based) for your baby. Here are 4 reasons goat's milk is dangerous and could even be deadly: It is usually not pasteurized which can lead to all kinds...
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March
22,
2016
Police in Benbrook, Texas, say they have "probable cause" to believe that Sofya Tsygankova killed her two little girls, ages 5 and 1, and then stabbed herself.  Unfortunately, stories of mothers harming their children have become far too prevalent...
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March
16,
2016
Not getting your child vaccinated puts them and others at risk. We have said this before (many times), but a new study shows just how true this statement is. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) loo...
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March
15,
2016
If you had to guess the biggest health issues facing children in Fort Worth and surrounding areas, what would you say? Obesity? That's one. Car accidents? That's a big risk too. But would you guess the number one issue is asthma? In T...
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March
08,
2016
1. Connectivity Games and apps that are locally loaded and need no connectivity to the Internet to work are not categorized as "dangerous" as long as the content is appropriate for the age level of the child. However, most "free" apps require some...
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March
07,
2016
Circumcision rates vary across the world. The most recent study showed around 80 percent of parents in the United States do get their child circumcised, but this varies significantly by region, race and religious affiliation. And that’s still a large...
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February
19,
2016
Seemingly overnight, salt therapy rooms are popping up everywhere. They promise treatment of conditions including allergies, asthma, skin conditions, chronic stress and fatigue; all without medications. But are they safe? Karen Schultz, M.D., a pe...
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February
19,
2016
Dr. Scott Pilgrim’s resumé proves he’s the man to lead the Cook Children’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) program. But it’s his childhood that makes his care special. Along with his medical degree, Dr. Pilgrim has completed a combined inter...
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February
19,
2016
I’m sitting on the couch watching the NFL playoffs with my toddler son when my wife comes over to join us. “O doe ma chikyweekys!” she says. Let’s be honest, WHO IN THE WORLD UNDERSTANDS THAT? The only person who really knows what that means is my wi...
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February
19,
2016
Brushing your teeth not only prevents cavities, but it also can help improve your overall health! Good dental health is critical for everyone, regardless of age. It's important to remember that the health of you and your children’s teeth and gums ...
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