Last updated 4 months ago
It’s all too common for children and teens to skip breakfast and choose junk food for lunch. Not only does this contribute to obesity; it also increases your child’s risk of serious health problems later in life. When children follow healthy eating habits early in life, they’re more likely to continue them into adulthood. Before the school year begins, consider bringing your youngster to your local children’s hospital and asking his or her pediatrician for nutritional guidance.
Help your child get into the habit of waking up early enough to eat a nutritious breakfast before school. By eating breakfast every day, your child will have more energy and be able to concentrate on his or her schoolwork. Additionally, kids who eat breakfast may be more likely to choose healthier foods for lunch. Avoid sugary kids’ cereals and instead offer your child a whole grain cereal topped with fresh fruit. Or, make a healthy breakfast burrito with a whole grain wrap filled with scrambled eggs and a little low-fat cheese.
Now that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has been passed, schools are offering kids healthier lunches. If you’re packing your child’s lunch this year, aim for a balance of lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh produce. For example, instead of packing an applesauce cup, pack a container of fresh berries or melon cubes. If your child is bored of sandwiches, try making a turkey and melon wrap by spreading a flatbread with horseradish sauce. Then, add some turkey slices, lettuce, and cantaloupe cubes, and roll up.
Pediatrics experts recommend keeping a variety of healthy snacks in your home for your child when he or she returns from school. If you pre-slice apples, carrots, or other fruits and vegetables, your child may be less likely to reach for the chip bag.
For more information about the specific nutritional needs of your child or teen, consult the pediatrics staff at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our children’s hospital in Las Vegas is devoted to helping area families improve quality of life with better health habits. Visit our children’s hospital on the Web to learn more or give us a call at (702) 233-5437.
Last updated 4 months ago
Sickle cell anemia is a serious type of inherited disorder. An individual with sickle cell anemia will manufacture crescent-shaped red blood cells, rather than disc-shaped red blood cells. The abnormally shaped blood cells tend to obstruct the flow of blood, causing a wide range of symptoms and complications. If your child displays some of the potential signs of sickle cell anemia, bring him or her to a children’s hospital promptly. At the children’s hospital, your child’s pediatric specialist will discuss treatment options that can minimize symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.
Sickle cell anemia involves abnormal hemoglobin in the red blood cells. As a result, your child will feel symptoms related to anemia, such as fatigue. Anemia can also cause dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath, and jaundice. You may notice that your child’s skin is paler than usual or your child may report abnormal coldness in the hands and feet.
Sudden, severe pain can cause your child to end up in the pediatric emergency department. Abrupt, systemic pain with sickle cell anemia is referred to as a sickle cell crisis. It happens when the abnormal red blood cells block blood flow, which causes both pain and organ damage. Acute pain with a sickle cell crisis may persist for several hours or perhaps over a week, while chronic pain may persist for months. Sometimes, a sickle cell crisis may be triggered by cold weather, second-hand smoke, dehydration, overexertion, and infections.
Children with sickle cell anemia are at a high risk of certain complications, including life-threatening infections. They may also develop pulmonary hypertension, a condition that involves increased blood pressure in the lungs. Acute chest syndrome is another possibility; it involves symptoms such as chest pain, fever, and shortness of breath.
If you suspect your child could have sickle cell anemia, bring him or her to Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas right away. Our children’s emergency department is available for children who experience severe or otherwise urgent symptoms from this disease. You can reach the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437 to obtain a referral to a pediatric specialist.
Last updated 5 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.
Last updated 5 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.
Last updated 9 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.