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    A Look at the Facts of Autism

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Autism spectrum disorders are behavioral disorders characterized by difficulties in communication and social activities, which can significantly hinder a child’s development. While autism is not an indicator of intelligence, it can be a cause for trouble in school and poor academic performance. Below, you will see some of the basic facts about autism and related disorders on the spectrum to help you understand the prevalence of these conditions.

    Boys are more likely than girls to have autism

    Autism is five times more likely in boys than in girls, and about 1 in 42 boys are affected. Overall, 1 in 68 children are affected by autism. The reason for higher prevalence in boys is that mutations related to the X-chromosome are a marker for autism spectrum disorders. Because boys only have one X-chromosome, and girls have two, they are less shielded from developing autism or intellectual disabilities.

    Autism prevalence is on the rise

    The number of individuals with autism in the United States is growing, and there are many factors that may drive this increased prevalence. Perhaps the most significant factor is the increased awareness and understanding of autism that has led to more diagnoses.

    Early intervention is the best route for treatment

    There is no cure for autism, but there are strategies that can improve social skills and help children function in the classroom once they reach school age. With these strategies, early intervention is ideal over a wait-and-see approach. If your doctor does suggest waiting on the further development of behaviors following the observation of key autism warning signs, you might benefit from a second opinion from a pediatrician who can provide you with the resources your child needs.

    If you have noticed the warning signs of autism in your child, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437 for a physician referral. We provide a wide range of pediatric services in our kid-friendly Las Vegas facilities. 

    How Organ Donors May Help Kids in Need

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Of the 123,000 people currently awaiting organ transplants from organ donors around the country, about 2,000 of these individuals are children. Finding suitable matches for these patients is particularly difficult, because young patients need organs of smaller sizes. Still, it is possible for adult donors to help children in need with organ and tissue donation, so you might consider these young patients as you make the decision to become an organ donor. During National Donate Life Month this April, consider how your choice to donate could give a sick child a chance to play among his or her peers and experience a normal childhood. Keep reading to learn more about the process of organ donation and transplantation with pediatric patients and the possibility for teens to become organ donors.

    Organ transplants and children

    There are many success stories of pediatric transplants facilitated by organ donation. With the gift of life given through donors, children may have opportunities that would not otherwise be possible with other medical treatments. Not only is organ donation a lifesaving gift, but it can also ensure a higher quality of life for children. It does not cost anything to be an organ donor, and almost anyone can become a donor.

    Young donor consent

    While it is true that people under the age of 18 cannot legally be added to the state donor registry, young people may still be able to become organ donors with parental consent. Teens who wish to be organ donors in the event of their death may express these wishes to their parents, who can provide consent for donation at the time of death. Parents who suffer the death of young children may choose to begin resolving their grief by allowing organ donation that could save the lives of several other children.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for children with programs in cardiac care, robotic surgery, oncology, and trauma. To explore more details about the pediatric-focused care we provide, visit our website or call us at (702) 233-5437. 

    Encouraging Healthy Activity in Your Child

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Consider talking to your child’s pediatrician about whether he or she is getting enough physical activity each day. Physical activity is essential for children; it sets a foundation for lifelong health. To encourage your child to enjoy exercise, find activities that he or she considers fun and engaging. One child may enjoy jumping rope, while another might prefer playing soccer. It’s also a good idea to encourage family activities, such as a bicycling trip, which set a good example for kids.

    Hear more about the benefits of physical activity for children by watching this video, presented by a physician with the National Institutes of Health. He explains which chronic diseases exercise can help prevent and offers some tips for promoting physical activity among children.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital is your source for high-quality pediatric care, including children’s emergency care, in the Las Vegas area. Parents can browse the helpful healthcare information available on our website or call our hospital at (702) 731-5437.

    An Overview of Brain Injuries in Children

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Young children and adolescents are at a particularly high risk of suffering from brain injuries. Each year, thousands of youngsters visit a children’s emergency care department because of brain injuries due to auto accidents, falls, and physical abuse. Brain injuries are also commonly caused by sports incidents, such as a tackle during a game of football. Sometimes, brain injuries are severe enough to require a stay in the children’s hospital. In other cases, they can be fatal.

    Parents who recognize the indicators of a brain injury should take their child to an emergency care center right away. These signs can include memory loss, headaches, impaired concentration, and mood swings. Brain injuries can lead to fatigue, muscle spasticity, balance problems, restlessness, and problems controlling emotions. Additionally, since a child’s brain is still developing, the full range of complications from a brain injury may not be evident until months or years later, as the child grows older.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital has the largest children’s emergency care center in the Las Vegas area. If you would like more information about our Pediatric Emergency Room, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 731-5437.

    Poison Prevention Tips for Your Household

    Last updated 3 months ago

    In the U.S., several hundred children are rushed to the children’s emergency care center each day as a result of accidental poisonings, which can sometimes be fatal. While home is supposed to be a sanctuary, most households are filled with toxic products. Everyday items such as household cleaners and even personal care products can pose a danger for children. It’s a good idea for parents to walk through their homes to identify potential hazards and to take steps to keep these items out of a child’s grasp. If a child does suffer an accidental poisoning, a children’s emergency care center can provide prompt treatment.

    Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Carbon monoxide is a particularly dangerous substance because it is odorless and colorless. In fact, it’s virtually undetectable except in buildings that feature carbon monoxide detectors. Pediatric specialists urge parents to invest in carbon monoxide detectors for each level of their home. Combination smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detectors are also available. It’s important to test and replace the batteries regularly. Having fireplaces, furnaces, wood-burning stoves, and other appliances serviced regularly can reduce the risk of a carbon monoxide leak.

    Keep Medicines Locked Away

    Every day, children inadvertently ingest cold medicine, pain killers, and other medications. Even if parents place medications on a high shelf in the medicine cabinet, children may still access them by climbing on the counter or toilet. It’s best to place all medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, in a locked area. Parents who keep medications in their briefcases or purses should make sure their kids do not have access to these items.

    Place Toxic Products Out of Reach

    There is a wide range of toxic household products that should be placed out of the reach of children. These include cleaning products, pesticides, bleach, dishwashing liquids, and laundry detergent.

    Families in the Las Vegas area who require emergency care for their children can turn to Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our pediatric specialists provide exceptional emergency care, with the goal of making our young patients as comfortable as possible. If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911; otherwise, you can reach our children’s hospital at (702) 731-5437.

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