Kids Checkup | Cook Children's

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Kid's Checkup is a weekly podcast providing kid's health information from pediatric specialists at Cook Children's


Tips on choosing your pediatrician

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It is important to find a pediatrician sooner rather than later. Dr. Diane Arnaout, Cook Children's pediatrician, gives advice on how to find the doctor that's right for you.

Balancing after school activities and family dinner

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Having a family meal AND keeping to the activity schedule is not as hard is it may sound, and it doesn't always take a lot of time. Cook Children's nutritionist Kathleen Davis gives tips you can use on how to handle meals and a busy schedule.

Period of Purple Crying

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Crying is the number one cause for babies getting shaken or abused. We use the Period of Purple Crying as an "out" for parents. The Period of Purple Crying educates parents about normal crying behavior and the dangers of shaking babies.

Water safety

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Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children ages 1 to 4 years old and the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for ages 1 to 14.

Living with asthma

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Asthma causes problems ranging from nighttime coughs to asthma attacks, which can be life threatening. Between these extremes, kid with asthma can suffer from an exercise-induced cough and shortness of breath, limiting their ability to play outside or participate in sports.

Childhood obesity

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Obesity is a real problem throughout our country and in our region. It's a problem that's progressed over the last several decades and unless drastic steps are taken, this growing epidemic will continue. But Joel Steelman, M.D., offers some help in our latest podcast.

Nothing but the tooth

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If you notice a problem or you have concerns with your baby's teeth or mouth, then you obviously need to see a dentist prior to that time. But by the first birthday, it's time to get your baby a dentist for a good evaluation.

Quick heart screen eases minds, saves lives

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Most kids who have cardiac arrest or sudden death while playing sports show no warning signs of anything being wrong. Fortunately, there is a way to find out that your child is OK. A heart screen.

What do I do when my child is sick?

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As often happens with children, something might pop up in the middle of the night or over the weekend and you have to decide what to do on your own.

Having "the talk" with your children

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Having the sex talk with your children doesn't have to be an awkward experience. Lisa Elliott, Cook Children's Licensed Psychologist, gives helpful information about what to do when it's time to have the talk with your kids.

The cues you can use for breastfeeding

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Attempting to breastfeed can be frustrating for moms, but the benefits of breastfeeding are so worth the effort. Dr. Audrey Rogers, Cook Children's pediatrician, discusses the cues from your baby you can use to help with breastfeeding.