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If you have kids, you probably have questions about their health. Cook Children's gives you access to explanations, symptoms and tips, all in language that's easy to understand.

Summertime tips from our pediatricians

You Know What's Coming Next - Don't Forget To Wear Sunscreen!

As you know, finding a good sunscreen product and using it properly can be tricky. There are so many products to choose from and the priciest, prettiest, 'organic,' SPF 100 products aren't necessarily the best. Dr. Jennifer Gittleman is frequently asked what products to use, how to apply them, how often to apply them, and other advice on staying safe in the sun. So, here is what she tells her patients... Read article

Health care notebook

At Cook Children's, we want you to have all the information you need at your fingertips. So, with the help of families, we created a health care notebook to help you keep your child's health information in one place and up to date.

We encourage you to print this document and put it in a binder. Bring the binder to clinic appointments or hospital visits and share the information with any of your child's caregivers.

Health Care Notebook

If you have questions, comments or suggestions about the health care notebook, please email us at

Customized health information packets

Do you have questions about an illness or condition? About how to keep your child healthy and safe? Where you can find health information you can trust? Let us help.

Fill out this request form and click "Submit form." Our librarians will put together reliable health information just for you.

Request Information Packet

Safety tips for newborns

What is tummy time, and why is it important?

From sleeping, feeding, and cuddling to car seats, strollers, bouncy seats and more, babies spend a lot of time on their backs. But they also need lots of tummy time to help build muscles and strength and to gain other healthy benefits. Get the full story from a Cook Children's physcial therapist on the importance of tummy time for you baby.

7 myths about fever. Find out what they are, now.

When it comes to kids, fever is one of the hottest topics of discussion. That's because there are a whole lot of myths about what a fever means and doesn't mean. To help dispel the myths, a Cook Children's pediatrician shares the facts and talks about when to worry, when to call the doctor and what every parent really needs to know about fever.

Are there dangers lurking in your nursery room?

It should be the safest room in the house. People spends hundreds, even thousands of dollars to ensure they're buying only the best and safest nursery items. But are they safe? Find out which baby products you should avoid buying and get simple tips that will help you create a safe nursery for your baby.

9 ways to reduce sudden unexplained infant death

While it's true that some babies are at risk for sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) due to unexpected or unknown medical conditions, those cases are rare. Most SUID cases are due to accidental strangulation or suffocation. The experts at Cook Children's explain the causes of SUID and offer suggestions on ways you can reduce the risk of your baby suffering SUID.

Concussion resources from the CDC

Keeping children and teens healthy and safe is always a top priority.

Whether you are a parent, youth sports coach, school coach, school professional, or health care provider, these links will help you recognize, respond to and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

Additional resources from Cook Children's