Last updated 6 months ago
A dry setting like Las Vegas can quickly whisk away moisture from the body. When combined with heat, physical activity, or illness, dryness may cause dehydration in children. Sunrise Children’s Hospital stresses that insufficient hydration is a serious concern for children, as it may disturb bodily processes and cause loss of consciousness. It’s key that parents recognize the signs of dehydration well before a child complains of thirst, which indicates advanced dehydration.
Many factors can cause a child to be lethargic. If your child slept little the night before or hasn’t had a meal in a few hours, he may appear tired. If these factors are not relevant, your child’s fatigue may be the result of dehydration—especially if he has been playing outside for an extended period of time. When your child is outdoors, have him take frequent breaks for rest and rehydration.
A dry mouth is another sign that your child may be suffering from dehydration. Frequent lip licking may be one sign that your child’s mouth is dry. A visual examination that shows your child’s tongue to be dry may also indicate dehydration. To avoid dehydration, have water with you at all times so your child has continual access to fluids.
A telltale sign that your child is dehydrated is sporadic urination or urine that is dark in color. The body is constantly flushing toxins from its system, so the fewer bathroom breaks your child takes, the more likely that he lacks the fluids necessary to relieve his body of waste. If your child hasn’t urinated in more than 12 hours, or if your infant hasn’t had a wet diaper in more than six hours, contact your physician for help.
Don’t let dehydration escalate into a more serious problem. Call Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5437 to speak with a children’s emergency care specialist about your child’s symptoms. Parents can also check current ER wait times by looking on our website or texting ER to 23000.
Last updated 7 months ago
While protecting the wellbeing of your family is important no matter the season, the summer months can create unique risks you should be aware of. These links can help you prevent dangers that may occur during warmer weather or all year long.
Children who engage in consistent exercise suffer fewer weight complications than those who lead sedentary lives. LetsMove.gov offers parents tips on how to raise active children.
The American Heart Association describes the side effects of childhood obesity.
Though outdoor activity is a great way to keep children in shape, it’s important to avoid dehydration from too much exercise and too few liquids. KidsHealth.org explains what parents should look for when assessing dehydration in children.
The hot Las Vegas sun also presents the risk of sunburn and skin damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide essential advice on how to protect young skin from sun exposure.
Families often flock to the pool during the hot summer months. HealthyChildren.org details pool safety tips for parents.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers prenatal and pediatric care for families in the greater Las Vegas region. We offer a NICU hospital for newborns in need and children’s emergency care for pediatric patients of all ages. To find out more about our services, call (702) 233-5437 or visit our website.
Last updated 7 months ago
It’s easy for children to be inactive. Long hours sitting in desks at school and time devoted to homework and television at night can leave little room for exercise. Together with fast food meals that provide little more than empty calories, sedentary lifestyles are largely responsible for why so many children in the United States are overweight. Sunrise Children’s Hospital urges parents to take control of their children’s wellbeing by encouraging habits that will keep them active and prevent excessive weight.
Restrict time spent watching television
With hundreds of channels to choose from, children can sit in front of the TV for hours at a time. If they become bored with watching shows, they can simply turn on their game console and spend many more hours playing videos. It’s up to parents to limit the amount of time their children are allowed to engage in such activities.
Support your child’s interest in sports
Many schools and park districts offer after-school sports for children. If your child takes a particular interest in basketball, soccer, or another sport, encourage him to sign up for lessons. Some children may be reluctant to participate if they are new to a sport, but with your support, they can overcome potential fears and increase their love of physical activity.
Set a healthy example for your child
Children pay close attention to their parents and often emulate their behaviors. To have active children, you must be active yourself. Engaging in regular physical activity isn’t something you must do on your own; being active as a family is a wonderful way to ensure your children’s wellbeing and create special memories together.
Did you know that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help parents incorporate fitness guidelines into the lives of their children. Call our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 233-5437 for more information on keeping your children fit. In the event that your child suffers a sports-related injury, take advantage of our iTriage Symptom Checker for children’s emergency care.
Last updated 7 months ago
Even under the best circumstances, pregnancy places significant strain on a woman’s body. This video demonstrates how obesity can complicate existing health concerns and create a high-risk pregnancy situation wherein both mother and child may be in danger.
Obesity presents both clinical and logistical barriers to having a healthy pregnancy. This condition typically increases an expectant mother’s heart rate and blood sugar, which can lead to hypertension and diabetes. Obesity may also prevent prenatal care specialists from properly assessing the baby’s health, as excessive weight obstructs clear ultrasound viewing and heartbeat monitoring. In some cases, obesity can lead to premature birth, which puts a newborn in danger from the moment she enters the world.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive care for obesity-related high-risk pregnancies. To schedule an appointment at our Las Vegas children’s hospital, call (702) 233-5437.
Last updated 7 months ago
After months and possibly years of having to contend with your child’s chronic discomfort, it may come as a relief to finally know the source behind it: celiac disease. This disorder is caused by the small intestine’s inability to digest gluten, a protein found in several grains. Though parents may initially find it difficult to provide a balanced diet for a child with celiac disease, the following steps can help. Parents are also encouraged to contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital to ensure that their child’s nutritional needs are being met.
Avoid all gluten products
Once a child has been diagnosed with celiac disease, he can no longer eat any products with barley, rye, or wheat. Given wheat’s presence in foods like bread and pasta, which many families regularly use in meals, some parents might wonder what items they can substitute. Fortunately, foods like millet bread and rice pasta, neither of which contain wheat nor gluten, can easily replace your favorite dietary staples.
Beware of foods that may contain hidden gluten
Though natural beef, chicken, and pork are safe to eat for celiac disease sufferers, imitation or processed meats might include traces of gluten. Parents should also beware of soups that have a gluten base. If you have any doubts as to whether a particular food contains gluten, do not let your child eat it.
Keep your cookware free of residual gluten
Parents need not restrict other children from eating gluten products if they do not have celiac disease. If you keep gluten items in your home, though, be sure to thoroughly wash all silverware, plates, and other kitchen tools that may come into contact with those foods. Should even minor amounts of gluten remain on a plate that a child with celiac disease uses, it can cause symptoms to flare up.
May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. If you would like to learn more about this condition, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5437. If you suspect that your child might have celiac disease, use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system to find a healthcare provider.