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    What Should Expecting Moms Eat to Prevent Birth Defects?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    A mom’s diet greatly influences her child’s health during gestation, since the right foods can ensure proper growth of the baby and prevent serious birth defects. Folic acid is a staple nutrient for a prenatal diet, since it encourages immune health and new cell development. This article will take a look at some of the foods richest in folic acid that can offer other valuable nutrients for mom and her developing baby.

    Dark leafy greens

    Foods like spinach, chard, and kale are all high in folic acid along with vitamin A and calcium. Cooked greens are easiest to digest and offer the highest concentration of nutrients per serving, so you might toss your favorite green into pasta, soups, or scrambled eggs.

    Beans and lentils

    Lean sources of protein are ideal during pregnancy, so you might consider swapping out some servings of meat for vegetarian protein sources like beans, nuts, and lentils. These foods are all natural sources of folic acid and they will help add plenty of fiber and protein to your diet.

    Whole grains and cereal

    Breads and cereals are enriched with folic acid, which makes them excellent choices to eat during pregnancy. You should select whole grain or multigrain varieties to get the most fiber and other nutrients out of each serving.

    Alcohol-free beverages

    As you consume healthier foods, you will want to avoid alcohol completely and choose beverages that encourage hydration—particularly plain water. There is no known safe quantity of alcohol during pregnancy, so even just one drink is not advisable.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you make the best dietary decisions during your pregnancy as you receive prenatal care at our Las Vegas birthing center. You can explore our services for mothers and babies on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437. 

    Where Does Your Baby Go After Delivery?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    For a short time just after your baby is born, you will be separated as your baby has screening tests and is cleaned and wrapped in a warm blanket. Healthy babies are returned to their parents shortly, but babies with difficulty breathing or signs of defects may need to be transferred to the NICU for specialized care.

    Once you are reunited with your baby, you will be transferred to a Maternal Infant Unit where you will have private accommodations with an attentive staff so that you can strengthen your bond with your new baby. Breastfeeding and discharge classes are offered to patients in this unit to ensure a positive transition home.

    To schedule a tour of the maternity unit at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, visit our website or call us at (702) 731-5437. Our Sunny Babies program can allow you to find an obstetrician, register for free classes, and pre-register for delivery at one of the Sunrise Health Hospitals in our southern Nevada network. 

    When is a Skin Rash Considered a Medical Emergency?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Kids tend to have fairly sensitive skin, and they may get skin rashes more often than adults. Most often, rashes are minor conditions such as eczema, which tends to clear up on its own with some at home remedies. However, some skin rashes can be medical emergencies, so you will want to be able to identify symptoms that indicate a more serious condition. Here’s a look at when you should head to the ER to treat a skin rash instead of waiting for an appointment with the pediatrician.

    Rash Caused by Allergies

    If a rash shows up after contact with a new food or substance, it is probably an allergic reaction. When symptoms like trouble breathing, itchy throat, or stomach upset are also present, the reaction may be fairly severe, so emergency care is needed.

    Joint Pain or Tenderness with a Rash

    A minor rash may cause pain or discomfort on the surface of the skin, but pain that penetrates to the joints can be a much bigger problem. If your child is having difficulty moving normally or has inflammation in the joints, you will not want to hesitate to seek care.

    Rash Present inside the Mouth

    When your child has a rash that covers surfaces inside the mouth, it may cause the skin to peel or lead to blistering. These lesions can very easily become infected, resulting in even more serious concerns.

    Fever and Headache Accompanying a Rash

    A fever or headache with a rash may not always be a medical emergency, but if the fever persists after using medication or the fever is very high, you will want to consult a doctor immediately.

    With the kid-friendly ER at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, you will always have a reliable resource for pediatric emergency care in Las Vegas. Connect with us for a look at wait times and other hospital services on our website or at (702) 731-5437. 

    Healthy Smoothie Recipes for the Whole Family to Enjoy

    Last updated 2 months ago

    In the New Year, you might be looking to make a family resolution to eat better. With more fruits and vegetables in your family’s diet, you can ensure better health and have your child craving healthier options when it comes to afterschool snacking.

    This video shares some delicious, kid-friendly smoothie recipes from the American Diabetes Association. By following these recipes, you will get your child to eat more fresh fruits and have healthy meals on the go.

    For healthy ideas to help your whole family stay healthy, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437. Our registered nurses can offer health tips and answer questions 24/7. 

    Safety Guidelines for Giving Medication to Children

    Last updated 2 months ago

    During the flu season, you may need to use over-the-counter medications to help your child find relief from cold or flu symptoms and get better. When you use these medicines, you should know the important guidelines for administering medication to children so that you avoid accidental overdose and misuse that leads to ER visits. Here’s a look at what you should remember when your child needs medicine at home.

    Always Follow Dosing Directions

    You will always want to read labels closely and follow dosing instructions for your child’s age and weight. If multiple parents or caregivers are giving your child medicine throughout the day, you should keep a log of each dose so that no one gives an extra dose.

    Use Caution When Giving Multiple Medications

    If your child is taking more than one type of OTC medicine, check the active ingredients to be sure that there are no overlapping medications. Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, is frequently found in cold and flu medications, and it can cause liver damage if it is overused.

    Increase a Child’s Comfort with Natural Remedies

    For some flu symptoms, a hot bowl of soup or a cold popsicle may be just as effective as medication. Therefore, you should keep natural cold remedies on hand to supplement any medicine your child does take.

    Talk to Your Child’s Pediatrician

    Before giving your child any type of medicine, you will want to speak with the pediatrician to make sure that it is safe and effective for the symptoms your child is presenting.

    When you have questions about medication use for children, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437 to speak with a registered nurse anytime. Our pediatric services ensure quality care for Las Vegas kids with a wide range of healthcare needs. 

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