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    One Teen's Weight Loss Story

    Last updated 8 months ago

    With child obesity reaching unprecedented levels, it’s clear that something has to be done. Some kids and teenagers are taking weight loss into their own hands and embracing healthier lifestyles.  

    This video tells the story of Brandon, a 17 year old whose poor eating habits led him to gain about 140 lbs. during his childhood and teen years. He lost weight once he started riding his bike to school, and made it his goal to complete a triathlon. Not only has his new lifestyle helped him lose weight, but it has improved his mood and helped increase his confidence.

    The medical professionals at Sunrise Children’s Hospital want Las Vegas-area children to be as healthy as possible. Call (702) 233-5437 to speak with a representative and schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians

    Knowing How to Help Your Child Find Relief from Flu

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Flu is more dangerous for kids than adults. Young children are much more prone to complications associated with the flu and are more likely to need emergency care because of flu symptoms. This video offers tips to help you cope when your child comes down with a bad case of flu.

    To start, consider reducing your child’s risk of getting flu in the first place by getting him or her a flu shot. Talk to your child’s pediatrician to see if the vaccine is right for then. If your child does get the flu, call his or her pediatrician as soon as symptoms begin. Antiviral medications can help in some cases.

    If your child is short of breath, has a high fever, or other troubling symptoms with the flu, seek emergency care at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. You can reach our hospital at (702) 233-5437. 

    Helping Your Child Maintain an Active Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Most people associated heart disease with adults, but pediatric cardiology problems can and do impact thousands of families every year. Even if your child doesn’t have a heart problem now, setting a foundation of good health during childhood will help him or her prevent heart disease as an adult. How can you help your child develop good heart health habits that will serve him or her well into the future? Here are some useful tips.

    Dish Up Healthy Foods
    Give your child a good nutritional foundation by making healthy meals a standard in your household. Your child doesn’t have to give up all of the treats associated with childhood, but avoid making meals of fast food, pizza, and other low-nutritional value foods a regular occurrence. Instead, serve balanced meals and use fruit, veggies, and low-fat cheese for snacks. If your child adapts to eating healthy foods when he or she is young, he or she will have fewer problems sticking to that regime as an adult.

    Make Activity a Requirement
    In today’s digital world, more and more kids are spending hours behind computer screens and video games. Limit your child’s time doing sedentary activities, and instead, require him or her to spend time being active each day. This can include anything from playing outside to taking part in a team sport. Sixty minutes of activity each day is great for heart health for kids.

    Lead by Example
    It’s hard to teach your child to make smart health choices if you don’t follow your own advice. All of the things you do to help your child maintain good heart health can work for you as well. Make staying healthy a family affair.

    If heart trouble does strike, the only facility in Nevada with a pediatric cardiology program is Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We also offer pediatric emergency care, a NICU, and much more. Make an appointment with one of our experts by calling our children’s hospital, serving Southern Nevada and the surrounding region at (702) 233-5437. 

    What Are the Healthiest New Year's Resolutions for Kids?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Adults aren’t the only ones who can benefit from making healthy New Year’s resolutions. A new year is also a great time for kids to assess things and make commitments to a healthier lifestyle. What kinds of resolutions should you encourage for your kids? Here are some ideas to get you started.

    The same kinds of diet and exercise commitments adults make are also good for kids. Talk to your kids about age-appropriate goals, such as choosing fruit for one snack per day or joining a sports team. If your child has a health problem, such as type 1 diabetes, work with them, and their doctor, to get them more involved in managing the condition. The trick is to set achievable goals and to celebrate when those goals are achieved.

    The expert pediatrics team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Southern Nevada can help you work with your child to reach for healthy goals. Trust us for everything from emergency care to immunizations. Find out more about our expert pediatric care by calling (702) 233-5437. 

    Tasty and Nutritious Snacks During and After the Holidays

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Everyone loves holiday foods. Unfortunately, holiday favorites are either fatty, extremely sugary, or both. For this reason, many people gain significant weight during the holidays. To keep yourself and your kids healthy and satisfied this holiday season, consider the following tasty and nutritious holiday treats. If you have any questions about proper nutrition, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

    Whole-Wheat Cookies
    Cookies can be found in virtually every home during the holidays, ruining diets everywhere. However, there is a healthier way to enjoy this delicious treat. Whole-wheat cookies, which are made with whole-wheat flour, are a tasty and nutritious alternative to traditional sugar cookies.

    Holiday Bark
    For a slightly healthier option, consider throwing together cranberries, sliced almonds, rice cereal, and white chocolate to create your own holiday bark. Cranberries have plenty of antioxidants, almonds have a lot of vitamin E, and rice cereal is great for digestion. Even white chocolate provides a good dose of calcium.

    Fruit Jellies
    It’s often difficult for children to get enough fruits and vegetables during the holidays. To help your children get more fruit into their diet, consider making tasty jellies with real fruit juice. These treats are very simple and inexpensive to make, and your kids will love them.

    Veggies and Dip
    While the above treats are healthier than traditional holiday snacks, your child should only eat them occasionally. For a daily snack, consider giving your children plates of carrots, celery, broccoli, and other vegetables. To make the vegetables more appetizing, consider pairing them with tasty dips. You can make some great dips with sour cream, yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice. When in doubt, you can always rely on ranch to accompany your child’s veggie snack.

    With the help of the experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, you can avoid the unhealthy treats of the holiday season and replace them with delicious and nutritious alternatives. Call us at (702) 233-5437 to set up an appointment or visit our website to learn all about our pediatric services. You can also use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line if you have any health-related questions.  

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