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    Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy in the Holiday Season

    Last updated 6 months ago

    When you are expecting a bundle of joy during the holiday season, you may find that your normal busy holiday routine can be too much to handle both physically and mentally. Pregnancy can cause you to feel tired, sore, and drained, so you might plan your holidays a little differently this year to avoid putting extra stress on yourself and your baby. Below you will see some tips for staying healthy while still enjoying the holidays.

    Stay Close to Home

    Traveling can be particularly hard on expecting moms who are still experiencing morning sickness or are in the last trimester of pregnancy, so you might consider staying home even if you usually travel. If you do enjoy getting away for the holidays, you might consider picking a destination closer to home in later months of your pregnancy so that you can travel comfortably in the car.

    Be a Stickler about Food Safety

    Pregnancy can put you at an increased risk for food poisoning, which is prevalent around the holidays as large meals are prepared and cross-contamination is more likely. To play it safe, you should always wash your hands before eating and after handling raw food. You might also ask questions about how foods like cookies, Caesar salad dressing, mayonnaise, and egg nog were made to be sure that you don’t ingest raw eggs or alcohol.

    Keep Your To-Do List Limited

    Between decorating, shopping, and holiday cooking, you may have a high-stress routine for the holiday season. It may be helpful to cut down your typical holiday to-do list with help from friends and family so that you have time to breathe and de-stress.

    Limit Sugar Intake

    When you attend a holiday party and you are not enjoying the alcoholic refreshments, it can be easy to spend too much time at the dessert table filling up on holiday treats. You can limit the temptation and keep your sugar intake more moderate by eating a high-protein meal before any holiday event so that you stay full and have energy to get through the evening.

    For the personalized, detailed prenatal care and ideal delivery setting you will want during your pregnancy, choose Sunrise Children’s Hospital for your labor and delivery. You can schedule a tour of our maternity department by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437. 

    The Reality of Tobacco-Related Deaths

    Last updated 6 months ago

    There has been a general trend toward minimizing smoking and secondhand smoke with initiatives to limit public areas where tobacco use is permitted, but smoking still continues to take all too many lives every year. As this video explains, there have been 20,000,000 deaths since the surgeon general first explained the dangers of smoking in 1964. This means that almost everyone has a friend, family member, or loved one who has died because of tobacco use. On average, tobacco takes the lives of 400,000 people every year, but this can end with an even bigger push against cigarette smoking from all individuals.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital encourages Las Vegas area residents to kick the habit of smoking this November during the Great American Smokeout for the health of the youngest, most vulnerable members of our community. You can visit us online or call (702) 731-5437 to learn about some of the ways that you can quit once and for all. 

    Recognizing How Secondhand Smoke Endangers Children

    Last updated 6 months ago

    If you are a smoker, you might think that the danger of smoking is only to yourself. However, secondhand smoke can pose just as many health risks to those around you—especially the youngest members of your family. Children are more susceptible to immediate respiratory problems associated with cigarette smoking such as asthma and chronic upper respiratory infections. Tooth decay, pneumonia, and ear infections may also be the result of secondhand smoke exposure. Even before babies are born they may be at risk for health problems from secondhand smoke, so it is best for parents and close family members to quit smoking as soon as possible. You might also avoid bringing children to areas where smoking is allowed, since others may smoke around your kids without considering the danger. Statistically, children of smokers miss more school days and have a higher risk of long-term health complications than children of parents who do not smoke.

    To quit smoking for good and improve the health of the kids in your life, consider participating in the Great American Smokeout this November. You can find resources that will help you make quitting a lasting effort by visiting Sunrise Children’s Hospital or calling us at (702) 731-5437.

    How to Cut Sodium from Your Child's Diet

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Sodium is hiding in a number of different foods, and it can be harmful if it is consumed in large quantities. Children who eat too much sodium are at risk for higher blood pressure later in life, and they may already have elevated blood pressure during adolescence.

    This video offers some helpful tips on identifying high-sodium foods and cooking with lower amounts of salt. Using herbs and citrus fruit can flavor foods without the added salt, but there is no way to control the salt quantity in prepackaged foods, which are typically very high in salt.

    If you are looking for ways to improve your child’s health, Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers several classes for the community and provides health tips through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. You can reach us at (702) 731-5437 to speak with a registered nurse 24/7. 

    Tips for Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Every year, cold and flu season causes children to miss school and in some cases require care in the emergency room as these two common viruses spread rapidly among kids and adults. The first line of defense is the annual flu shot, but it is still possible for kids to get sick even if they have been immunized.

    To get your home ready for cold and flu season, you might stock up on some essential supplies like tissues, canned soups, and child-safe cold medicine. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and extra antibacterial soap can also be helpful both in and out of the home. You might donate these supplies to your child’s classroom in addition to purchasing them for the house, since germs spread quickly in schools.

    If your child does get sick, you can find the most reliable care at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. We provide care at all levels for patients under the age of 18 with a child-friendly ER that maintains some of the lowest wait times in the region. You can learn more about our services by calling us at (702) 731-5437 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

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