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    What Is CMV?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the leading congenital viral infection in the United States. It affects about one in 150 births in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More children have disabilities relating to CMV than other, better-known conditions, including Down Syndrome, pediatric HIV/AIDS, and spina bidifda. The good news is that congenital CMV is preventable with a few steps.

    Moms-to-be should pay close attention to germ prevention. They should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for about 15 to 20 seconds. Many pregnant women pick up CMV via contacts with kids’ saliva or urine, especially if they are already mothers or work in schools. Report symptoms of CMV infection, such as fever, fatigue, and aches, to the doctor right away. Babies born to mothers with CMV can experience developmental difficulties, so reacting to expected infections quickly is important.

    The Level III NICU at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas is available to treat babies born with CMV infections or any other medical emergency. Call our pediatric hospital at (702) 233-5437 to get answers to your questions about our Mother & Baby services and more. 

    What to Do If Your Child Has a Broken Bone

    Last updated 2 months ago

    From playing on sports teams to horsing around in the back yard, active kids are prone to accidents, and broken bones are often part of the fallout. Breaking a bone can be painful for kids and scary for parents, but the good news is that most bones heal completely with treatment in a pediatric emergency room. Here are some things parents can do when they suspect their child has broken a bone.

    Recognize Broken Bone Symptoms

    In many cases, spotting a broken bone is simple. You or your child may actually hear the bone snap. Sometimes, you can see that the bone is misshapen, or it may even pierce the skin. In other instances, broken bones aren’t easy to see. There may just be tenderness and swelling at the site of the injury, and your child may be unable to put pressure on it. Any time you suspect your child has broken a bone, seek immediate emergency care, as leaving it untreated could lead to future complications.

    Prepare for Hospital Visit

    If your child’s injury is to the head or neck area, or if his or her bone has broken through the skin, call an ambulance rather than moving him or her. In other cases, try to stabilize the wound before going to the hospital. Remove clothing from the injured area if possible, but don’t force movement that causes pain. Apply cold compresses wrapped in cloth to ease pain. Create a makeshift splint by wrapping the injured spot with soft padding then securing something firm around the injured area with medical tape. Don’t allow your child to eat or drink in case he or she needs surgery.

    Go to the Emergency Room

    In the ER, doctors will decide if your child needs surgery to stability the bone, or if a cast will be enough. In addition to a cast, your child may need to use a sling to stabilize his or her fracture or crutches to get around.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s emergency care center is ready to deal with all of your little one’s medical emergencies. Find out more about our pediatric services and everything we do at our Las Vegas children’s hospital by calling (702) 233-5437. 

    How Much Sugar Should Your Child Be Eating?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Fat has often been the target of health experts who aim to inform families of nutritional pitfalls. However, sugar too can prove dangerous to the diets of children. You might already monitor the amount of candy or ice cream that your child eats, but sugar can be found in many seemingly healthy food choices. Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you learn about how sugar can help or harm nutrition.

    Understanding Sugar Differences

    The body uses sugar as energy. As a result, it’s essential that your child consume carbohydrates, the nutritional element that contains sugar, each day. Yet not all carbohydrates can provide the same health benefits for children. Whole grain products, such as brown rice and whole wheat bread, contain complex carbohydrates that slowly break down in the digestive tract, allowing the body to keep its blood glucose levels steady. Other foods, including white bread, sweetened fruit juices, and candy bars, contain simple carbohydrates, which quickly enter the bloodstream and destabilize blood glucose amounts.

    Choosing Healthy Sugar Options

    Because simple carbohydrates can wreak havoc on the metabolic processes of the body, health experts recommend that parents provide children with complex carbohydrate alternatives. For instance, when preparing your child’s lunch, make their sandwich with whole wheat bread instead of its white and refined counterpart. Simple carbohydrates can be acceptable in some circumstances, though, as when found in fruit. Because of its fiber content, fruit is processed more slowly through the body. If your child requests a dessert after dinner, give them a bowl of strawberries instead of a bag of gummy treats. Even when you purchase healthier sugar options, though, monitor the quantities you give to your child. Reading food labels on the products you purchase can prove instrumental to keeping your child’s overall daily sugar intake between approximately 12 and 32 grams.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you gain control over your family’s nutrition. If you have concerns about your child’s eating habits, we can help. Call our Las Vegas area children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437 to speak with a nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line about your diet questions.

    How Can Food-Related Illnesses Be Prevented?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    When a bacterial infection contaminates food, the repercussions can be pervasive and fatal. However, organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work to eliminate food-related illnesses as soon as possible.

    Though the vast majority of food is safe to eat, fruits, vegetables, meats, and even dairy products can become susceptible to bacterial contamination. Once shipped across the country, these products can cause widespread sickness. Upon hearing of an initial sickness outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks its origins and initiates a product recall to spare others of potentially life-threatening illnesses.

    If your child exhibits symptoms of a food-related illness, including vomiting or diarrhea, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437 to speak with a Registered Nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. We can help you determine if you should proceed to our children’s emergency care department in Las Vegas and surrounding communities.

    Everyday Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Family's Nutrition

    Last updated 6 months ago

    A healthy diet doesn’t need to be strenuous or expensive. In fact, good nutrition can be easy when you make provisions for it. Sunrise Children’s Hospital values the nutritional health of our pediatric patients, which is why we have clinical dieticians on staff at our Las Vegas children’s hospital. Yet even in the absence of having a nutritional expert on hand, you can improve the eating habits of your entire family with these great meal tips.

    Prep Wholesome Snacks

    When hunger pangs hit, potato chips and cookies can provide your children with immediate albeit unhealthy satisfaction. However, you can encourage your children to eat more nutritious snacks by making them ahead of time. As you prepare your children’s lunches for school the next day, take an extra minute or two to slice up some cucumbers, carrots, or bell peppers. When you children look in the refrigerator the following afternoon for a treat, they will have delicious and nutritious snacks waiting for them.

    Cook Multiple Meals

    If you put in a late work night during the week, you might be tempted to grab fast food as a quick dinner fix. You can prevent the need to seek high-fat and high-calorie fast food options, though. Simply double your ingredients when you make a meal earlier in the week. Save half of your dinner in the freezer and thaw it in the oven when you come home from your late workday.

    Remove Unhealthy Temptations

    You can’t snack on unhealthy foods when you don’t keep them in the house. To achieve better eating habits at home, keep unwholesome foods out of it. When you do your weekly grocery shopping, ignore the snacks aisle. Concentrate instead on the outer edges of the grocery store where the fresh produce, lean proteins, and dairy products reside.

    Looking for more healthy eating tips that your entire family can enjoy? Call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437 to learn about how you can make nutritious meal choices for your children. You can also browse our website for more detailed information on the treatment services that we offer families living in the greater Las Vegas area. 

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