Checkup Newsroom (fever)

2019
October
16,
2019
| 09:35 PM America/Chicago
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the beautiful process of a fever. Yes, I’m a mega-dork for the functions of the human body ... and yes, I think fever is a great thing in most settings. Fever has been recognized as being around for thousands of y...
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October
16,
2019
| 09:35 PM America/Chicago
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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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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June
04,
2019
| 07:32 PM America/Chicago
I’ve written a lot about fevers in hopes of calming parents’ fears. But when it comes to newborns, forget everything I’ve always taught you about fever. If an infant has a fever, it is a sign something is wrong and a serious cause for concern I...
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2018
April
27,
2018
| 04:43 PM America/Chicago
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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April
23,
2018
| 11:13 PM America/Chicago
"My child has a fever, what could it be?" Just a quick reminder of my big fever rules. Click the links to learn more: 1. You don’t always have to rush off to the ER for a fever. No matter how high. 2. In a well-appearing child, it’s OK to wa...
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March
07,
2018
| 05:11 PM America/Chicago
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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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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2016
December
02,
2016
| 04:30 PM America/Chicago
If you are staying at the grandparents during the holidays, warn your kids to be ready for the winter checklist from them before they go outside and play. Make sure your hair is dry. Wear shoes outside. Put on your hat. But does any of th...
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November
10,
2016
| 05:24 PM America/Chicago
1. All ear pain is an ear infection. Ear pain can be caused by many different factors. Often kids just play with or point to their ears. If the child is otherwise cranky, sick or not sleeping well, parents will assume there is an ear infection. Ho...
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November
09,
2016
| 05:48 PM America/Chicago
Children can run, jump and play for hours and may not share complaints – particularly when their tummies, heads or knees hurt – until after the fun is over. One of the first things I like to know when ascertaining the seriousness of a child’s cond...
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October
13,
2016
| 11:01 PM America/Chicago
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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October
06,
2016
| 09:24 PM America/Chicago
One of the worst illnesses to take care of as a parent can be a stomach virus. Especially with babies and toddlers, vomit and poop gets everywhere. Also, they just get a look of fear on their face because they don’t understand what is happening. T...
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April
20,
2016
| 08:24 PM America/Chicago
If you’re not treating fever right, it could leave your child miserable. If you make a mistake, it could be harmful. Myths about fever are common. And, no, you don’t have to go to the ER for fever. Treating a fever at home is often the right th...
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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...
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2015
November
09,
2015
| 04:14 PM America/Chicago
There is not a topic in pediatric medicine that has more myths surrounding it than fevers. I hear statements like these: 1. “She must’ve been about 103 because she felt really hot.” Touching a child to determine if you should check their tem...
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July
27,
2015
| 10:56 PM America/Chicago
The Texas Department of State Health Services has begun an investigation into the increase of Cyclospora in the state. The DSHS is looking to find a "common source" in determing the cause of infection.  The DSHS has received reports of 205 cases o...
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July
14,
2015
| 04:38 PM America/Chicago
Your baby has turned blue while teething. Well, it is not from teething but it could be from the treatment you are using for it. Fever, congestion, diarrhea, fussiness, putting things in their mouth, not sleeping well, you name it and someone h...
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June
09,
2015
| 04:00 PM America/Chicago
I have used a lot of words to tell you not to worry about fever. Fever is your child’s friend. Don’t go to the ER for fever alone. Don’t buy all the fever myths out there. When should you be worried? The biggest issue is context. You can read the ...
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May
29,
2015
| 05:34 PM America/Chicago
It’s midnight. You wake up with a tear-streaked face staring at you. “Mom, my legs hurt.” It wouldn’t be so concerning except that it’s happening four nights a week, for months. Right? So, what do you do? Watch The Doc Smitty in Cook Chil...
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May
18,
2015
| 10:33 PM America/Chicago
Bites I’ve seen too many severe dog bites in my training to not mention bites first. The most common statement I hear about the dogs who bite is, “We just never thought he/she would do that.” Dogs can be a great addition to a family but use cau...
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2014
December
18,
2014
| 06:29 PM America/Chicago
This time of year I hear many different opinions about the flu and flu vaccines. Don’t believe the hype, talk to your doctor if you have questions or if you hear something that doesn’t make sense.Flu Myth #1The flu shot can give you the flu.Nope. Not...
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September
17,
2014
| 06:24 PM America/Chicago
The flu season is upon us once again ... what do you need to know as a parent?1.What are symptoms of the flu?The flu may start like the common cold with symptoms of cough, congestion and runny nose, but may also be associated with prolonged fever, mu...
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March
31,
2014
| 04:30 PM America/Chicago
Children can run, jump and play for hours and may not share complaints – particularly when their tummies, heads or knees hurt – until after the fun is over.One of the first things I like to know when ascertaining the seriousness of a child’s conditio...
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