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Many children become nervous about the prospect of getting an X-ray. Parents can reassure their youngsters that the X-ray doesn’t hurt; in fact, kids won’t feel anything at all. Children might also be reassured by knowing what to expect in advance. For example, depending on the body part being scanned, a child might need to change into a hospital gown. Then, his or her body part is carefully positioned on a table and then an X-ray is taken.
Parents and kids can watch this helpful video together to learn more about the procedure. This video lets kids know that an X-ray machine is just like a special, giant camera and doesn’t cause any discomfort.
The pediatrics staff at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is specially trained to guide children through imaging procedures. Las Vegas-area families can connect with our children’s hospital by calling (702) 233-5437 or visit our website to learn more about us.
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Teen girls have a lot of things to worry about, from menstruation to relationships to homework. If you have any questions about your physical or socio-emotional health, you can always consult your pediatrician. Remember that there’s no need to feel embarrassed; plenty of other girls are in the same sort of situations you’re experiencing. For example, it’s a good idea to let your doctor know about your menstrual symptoms. It’s common to feel grumpy and bloated; however, certain symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, and a sudden fever require a doctor’s care. These could be signs of toxic shock syndrome, a rare, yet serious condition that can occur from using tampons.
Another important way you can take care of yourself is by making sure you exercise every day. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring; consider joining a sports team at school or enlist your best friend to go to the gym with you. By exercising regularly and eating healthy foods instead of junk food, you can reduce your risk of serious diseases later in life. These healthy habits can even stabilize your mood and help you feel better about yourself!
Teens can turn to the pediatric staff at Sunrise Children’s Hospital for help with all of their healthcare concerns. If you live in the Las Vegas area, you can call our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437 to speak with a registered nurse about your health.
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Planning nutrient-dense meals for your child isn’t the only way to keep him or her healthy. It’s also important to practice food safety to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses. Always wash your hands before packing your child’s lunch and prepare the meal on a clean surface. Beware of the potential for cross-contamination, especially if your child has food allergies. Pediatricians strongly recommend using one cutting board for raw meat and poultry, and another cutting board for all other foods.
If you’re packing a peanut butter sandwich and an apple for your child, there’s no need to worry about keeping the meal cold. However, perishable foods such as yogurt, eggs, deli meats, and cheeses should be kept cold at all times to prevent bacteria from growing. Choose an insulated lunchbox for your child that includes a compartment for at least two ice sources.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital is the leading provider of pediatric services in the Las Vegas area. Call (702) 233-5437 and ask us about our pediatric care, including children’s emergency care.
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As a child grows older physical activity is likely to be replaced by videogames and text messaging. The next time you take your teen to the children’s hospital for a wellness exam, talk to a pediatrics specialist about his or her physical activity needs. In general, kids need at least an hour of physical activity every day to promote physical health and emotional wellness.
Discuss the Benefits
Teens may not realize just how beneficial exercise is for them. By explaining the many benefits of physical activity, your teen may be more likely to stay active. A pediatrician can explain to your teen that exercise can help him or her maintain a healthy weight, which contributes to a better body image and enhanced self-esteem. Fitness promotes emotional wellness by reducing stress and improving self-confidence. Of course, it’s also beneficial for your teen’s physical health – including his or her energy level.
Provide Fitness Opportunities
Teens are more likely to engage in physical activity when they can choose their preferred exercise. Provide an array of opportunities and let your teen select the ones he or she likes best. This might mean giving your teen a gym membership or providing transportation to nearby recreational parks. If your child enjoys group activities, encourage him or her to join a school sports team and provide the necessary equipment.
Set a Positive Example
Incorporate fitness activities into your family’s daily routine. Go for a walk with your teen after dinner or go for a family bike ride on the weekend. Your teen might be more apt to enjoy exercise with you if you ask him or her to teach you something. For example, ask your teen to show you what he or she has been learning in karate class.
At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, you’ll find all the information you need to keep your child or teen healthy. Our pediatrics staff is always happy to offer tips on lifestyle adjustments to promote health. Families in the Las Vegas area can call our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437 or take a virtual tour of our pediatrics departments on our website.
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Although high cholesterol has long been a problem for adults, pediatric specialists are increasingly diagnosing this health concern in children. In fact, children as young as nine have been found to have high cholesterol. Pediatricians are alarmed at this trend because high cholesterol in childhood sets the stage for serious health conditions later in life. Consider bringing your youngster to a local children’s hospital to ask about a cholesterol screening test.
Understanding the Problem
High cholesterol in children may often go undiagnosed because it isn’t commonly thought to be a problem for little ones. And while parents of overweight or obese children may be more likely to bring them to a children’s hospital for a cholesterol test, pediatric experts warn that even children of a healthy weight can be at risk of high cholesterol. High cholesterol in childhood contributes to atherosclerosis, a condition that can develop over many years. This significantly increases the risk of a child suffering a heart attack or other problem in adulthood.
Identifying the Causes
Being overweight or obese does indeed contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels. However, children who spend two or more hours a day in front of a screen are at a particularly high risk. These lifestyle habits not only take the place of physical activity; they also contribute to unhealthy eating habits.
Implementing Healthy Changes
Fortunately, a few simple lifestyle modifications can restore your child or teen to health. Encourage your youngster to get at least one hour of exercise each day, whether that involves running around with his or her friends, or joining an exercise class. Replace the unhealthy fats in your child’s diet with monounsaturated fats from sources such as olive oil. Examples of unhealthy fats include butter and other fats that stay solid at room temperature. Additionally, restrict your child’s intake of commercially prepared foods whenever possible.
Talk to a pediatric specialist at Sunrise Children’s Hospital to determine whether your child might benefit from a cholesterol test. If your child does have high cholesterol, the friendly staff at our children’s hospital can help you learn of healthy lifestyle changes to improve your child’s wellness. We encourage families in the Las Vegas area to call (702) 233-5437 to speak with a registered nurse about dietary matters.