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    What Will It Take to End Childhood Obesity?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Childhood obesity is a complex problem that does not have one simple solution, because there is no single cause contributing to the rising rate of obesity seen among America’s youth. Still, this is a problem that is worth solving, as obesity costs millions of dollars in healthcare costs each year due to conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. These issues were once very rare among children but have now become frequently diagnosed problems in an overall heavier youth population. Plus, obesity in children tends to have mental consequences as well with low self-esteem and higher rates of depression in kids and teens. This article will take a look at some of the possible ways that childhood obesity can be controlled to promote better health for future generations.

    A Family Approach

    Home life is closely tied with a child’s risk for obesity, and there is a correlation between family mealtimes and obesity rates. Children who sit down to longer family dinners in the kitchen or dining room rather than the family room are less likely to be overweight. Warm and nurturing homes are also conducive to growing up at a healthier weight, since kids who have parents with restrictive eating guidelines and hostile attitudes tend to have poor habits when it comes to self-regulating eating.

    Improved Public Infrastructure

    Eating habits are only part of the equation when it comes to childhood obesity, because physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy weight. Unfortunately, cities have become less accessible for safe walking and biking, so kids are not presented with as many opportunities to stay active. This has been recognized as a contributing factor for obesity in many areas of the country, where there are initiatives to provide kids with safer parks and walkways to make activity a part of daily life.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you set the groundwork for better eating habits with your children through our nutritional services. Get to know us and connect with one of our clinical dieticians on our website or by calling (702) 731-5437. 

    Overcoming the Common Challenges of Breastfeeding

    Last updated 6 months ago

    When it comes to feeding your newborn, breastfeeding is best for your and your baby’s health. Not only does breastfeeding ensure that your baby gets optimal nutrition to boost his immune system, but it can also help you shed baby weight and prevent health problems for yourself in the future. Plus, breastfeeding can strengthen the bond between you and your baby as you introduce him to the world. However, there can be some challenges along the way that make breastfeeding more difficult and cause significant discomfort. With the tips in this article, you can alleviate these challenges so that you are able to continue breastfeeding.

    Work with a Lactation Consultant

    Before you deliver your baby, you might benefit from a prenatal breastfeeding class that explores the most effective strategies for breastfeeding and remaining comfortable through the process. Once your baby is born, you might work with a lactation consultant in the hospital to help you breastfeed the first few times.

    Don’t Ignore Your Discomfort

    If you do encounter issues like engorgement, sore nipples, or infections, you will want to talk to your doctor and work to resolve the problem rather than just trying to sit through the discomfort. Your baby may also have discomfort of his own that is caused by problems like an oversupply of milk.

    Keep the Right Supplies On-hand 

    Just like every other aspect of newborn care, the right supplies are essential for breastfeeding success. These may include plenty of clean towels, a breast pump you are comfortable using, a supportive and well-fitted bra, and disposable nursing pads. When you are always prepared to breastfeed or pump milk with the right supplies, you will be better able to continue a pattern of success with your nursing.

    By choosing to deliver your baby at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, you will be able to enroll in our breastfeeding class for free and have the support of our staff through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437. Our maternity unit ensures the highest level of care for moms and babies with amenities that will make your delivery a memorable and positive experience. 

    Signs of Diabetes in Young Children

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Type 1 diabetes, often referred to as juvenile diabetes, is a condition that does not have many predictable causes and is frequently diagnosed in children. The highest rates of diagnosis are in children between 4 and 7 as well as in preteens between 10 and 14, though type 1 diabetes can appear at any age. When this condition does arise during childhood, parents will be integral to the recognition of the disease and its treatment. Identifying type 1 diabetes early on can minimize the likelihood of early complications and get patients on the right track for their lifelong care. The following signs could indicate type 1 diabetes in your child and should be discussed with a pediatrician so that a blood test can be taken to show whether or not diabetes is the culprit behind these symptoms.

    Frequent Thirst

    If your child frequently complains of being very thirsty, even when drinking plenty of water, you will want to bring this up with the doctor. Extreme thirst paired with frequent urination might be one of the first signs of type 1 diabetes.

    Trouble Gaining Weight

    People with type 1 diabetes have difficulty breaking down sugars and starches to use as energy in their bodies. This means that food is not properly digested and stored, so your child may be slow to gain weight or begin losing weight without trying. The digestive issues caused by type 1 diabetes may also cause chronic fatigue and hunger.

    Blurry Eyesight

    One of the most common complications associated with diabetes is poor eye health, so blurry vision should be evaluated by both an optometrist and a pediatrician. This is particularly true if vision suddenly becomes much worse.

    Dry, Irritated Skin

    Diabetes can cause the skin to remain dry, itchy, and irritated, which means that your child may get frequent rashes or have very slow healing wounds. These issues pose a higher risk for infection, so proper care is essential to avoid more serious issues.

    If you suspect that your child has diabetes, you can rely on the pediatric care offered by Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. We not only offer kid-friendly clinical care, but we also empower parents to promote healthy lifestyles for children from their first moments of life. Learn more about how we can help manage your child’s care on our website or at (702) 731-5437. 

    Calling Mothers to Fight for Clean Air

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Mothers and fathers are children’s most important guardians. They take youngsters to the children’s hospital when they’re sick and help them learn valuable life lessons. Unfortunately, the importance of clean air for a child’s well-being is often overlooked. Air pollution contributes to acute and chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma. Children generally enjoy better cardiovascular health with the lowest possible levels of air pollutants, such as carbon dioxide.

    You can watch this video to learn more about the importance of regulating air pollution. This video, presented by the American Lung Association, explains how the Clean Air Act has helped families stay healthy and why it’s important for lawmakers to impose further restrictions on carbon pollution.

    If your child suffers from a respiratory condition such as asthma, you can find the help you need at Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas. You can reach the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our children’s hospital by calling (702) 731-5437.

    Give Back with Volunteer Opportunities at Sunrise Children's Hospital

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The children at Sunrise Children’s Hospital and their families appreciate the generosity and giving spirit of our hospital volunteers. Our children’s hospital welcomes commitments of at least six months and 100 service hours from adult volunteers. We also have a Junior Volunteer Program for teens ages 15 through 17, which requires a commitment of at least 100 service hours. Selections of volunteer opportunities are based on qualifications and age, and they can include being an ambassador or greeter for our patients. Some of our volunteers work in the Breast Center. Others visit patient rooms, delivering comfort items and offering cheerful conversation.           

    We ask that prospective volunteers at our children’s hospital fill out an online application, and submit to a background check, drug screening, and TB test. Then, you can attend the First Step meeting, complete an orientation, and undergo on-site training for your particular volunteer position.

    Las Vegas area residents can learn more about becoming a volunteer at Sunrise Children’s Hospital by visiting our website or calling (702) 731-5437. We appreciate your interest in helping our children’s hospital provide exceptional services to area families.

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Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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