Cook Children's Neighborhood Clinics provide a pediatric medical home for your child's health care needs. Our doctors, nurses, family advocates and medical staff will take the time to listen to you and your child. We'll answer all your questions and even help you navigate through parenthood.
We speak English and Spanish at each location. If you need another language, please call 682-885-4119.
When you choose a Cook Children's Neighborhood Clinic as your child's medical home, you can trust that you'll receive the very best pediatric care from doctors who know kids. To learn about our services, locations, hours and more, please read or download our brochure.
From your baby's long-awaited arrival until those first days of school, you'll be visiting the doctor regularly to make sure that your child is healthy and developing well. These check-ups are essential to ensure appropriate physical and mental development, and to provide vaccinations to prevent serious bacterial and viral illnesses. We are happy to discuss vaccines with you during your visit, and answer any questions you may have.
It is also our pleasure to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your baby at these visits (or any time you call or come in!). It can be tough to remember everything you want to discuss with the doctor and everything the doctor tells you. These sheets give you a sense of what to expect at each visit and help you keep track of the guidance your doctor provides. Feel free to print them out and bring them with you!
Cook Children's can serve as a child's dental home for patients between the ages of 0 to 16 years old.
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Playing sports is a great way to have fun and stay fit. And anyone who has played sports knows that you have to pay some extra attention to your health. If you play team sports, you may have had a sports physical. A sports physical is a visit to the doctor to make sure you're in good enough shape to play the sport you want to play.
There are two main parts to a sports physical: your medical history and the physical exam.
Your medical history includes questions about illnesses and injuries you have had, such as asthma or a broken leg. It is important to know about medical problems that run in your family or any medicines you take on a daily basis. For example, has anyone in your family had heart trouble? Another important question is whether you've ever passed out, felt dizzy, or felt pain in your chest while running or playing. You should fill out the form with your mom or dad so the answers are the same. Your doctor may ask additional questions during the exam.
During the physical exam, the doctor may:
This is also your chance to discuss any other questions you have about your health and playing sports.
Have you had a flu shot? Most kids have and there's good reason. Like all vaccines, this one can protect you from a pretty awful illness – the flu.
No one loves shots. The good news is that the flu vaccine (say: VAK-seen) also can be given in a nasal mist (a nose spray). If you prefer it, you can ask your doctor if the nasal spray is right for you. This type of vaccine contains live flu virus, though, and shouldn't be given to kids who have certain health problems – or even kids who live with people who could get very sick from the flu.
In a healthy person, the flu causes a fever, body aches, and other cold-like symptoms. A person who has the flu will sleep a lot and feel sick, but will get better in a week.
The problem with the flu, also called influenza (say: in-floo-EN-zuh), is that it makes some people really sick. They are less able to get well on their own so they may need to go to the hospital. That's why a flu shot or nasal mist vaccine is recommended for just about everyone.
Although we live in the information age and getting information is as easy as a few taps on a smartphone, not all of that information is trustworthy or based upon a foundation of good evidence. We are committed to providing our parents and patients with information that is well-researched and reliable. Just ask us. We'll provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources to get more if you need it.
Routine medical exams for kids' vision include:
Most children who are born with a hearing loss can be diagnosed through a hearing screening. But in some cases, the hearing loss is caused by things like infections, trauma, and damaging noise levels, and the problem doesn't emerge until later in childhood. So it's important to have kids' hearing evaluated regularly as they grow.
Your newborn should have a hearing screening before being discharged from the hospital. Every state and territory in the United States has now established an Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program to identify before 3 months of age every child born with a permanent hearing loss, and to provide intervention services before 6 months of age. If your baby doesn't have this screening, or was born at home or a birthing center, it's important to have a hearing screening within the first 3 weeks of life.
If your baby does not pass the hearing screening, it doesn't necessarily mean there's a hearing loss. Because debris or fluid in the ear can interfere with the test, it's often redone to confirm a diagnosis. If your newborn doesn't pass the initial hearing screening, it's important to get a retest within 3 months so treatment can begin right away. Treatment for hearing loss can be the most effective if it's started by the time a child is 6 months old.
Kids who seem to have normal hearing should continue to have their hearing evaluated at their annual physical.
If your child seems to have trouble hearing, if speech development seems abnormal, or if your child's speech is difficult to understand, talk with your doctor.
If there is one thing that is most important to pediatricians, it is the concept of prevention. It is really at the heart of just about everything we do. Whether it is counseling about how to keep your child well and safe, or providing life-saving immunizations to prevent serious infectious diseases, we would much rather prevent a disease than have to treat one. Your children are our future and we take keeping them well very seriously!
Children need good nutrition to develop healthy bodies and minds. But some children face health difficulties, such as food allergies or diabetes, that can make getting the nutrition they need challenging. Cook Children's offers nutrition services to provide customized nutrition assessments, planning and advice designed to help your child grow and be healthy.