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    What Is Patent Ductus Arteriosus?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    As a baby grows in the mother’s womb, the child’s blood is not oxygenated via the lungs, as it is after birth. Instead, oxygen is transferred from mother to baby through the umbilical cord. Fetal blood bypasses the baby’s non-functional, fluid-filled lungs through a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus. Once the baby is born and cries for the first time, his or her lungs fill with air and the ductus arteriosus closes over the following minutes to days. As a physician from Sunrise Children’s Hospital will tell you, this process may be complicated by patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).

    PDA Basics
    Patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA, occurs when the ductus arteriosus does not close after birth. As a result, the newly oxygenated blood coming from the lungs mixes with the deoxygenated blood in the pulmonary artery. This allows too much blood to flow to the lungs, leading to strain on the heart and high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery.

    Symptoms
    Depending on the severity of a child’s PDA, the only noticeable symptom may be a heart murmur. Serious cases may lead to fast breathing or difficulty breathing—some babies may need to be placed on a ventilator to ensure they are getting enough oxygen. Infants may also show fatigue, poor appetite, and lack of weight gain. While any newborn can suffer from patent ductus arteriosus, premature babies are more likely to be affected. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, PDA is also twice as common in girls as it is in boys.

    Treatment of PDA can involve medications, catheter-based procedures, or surgery—all of which have the goal of closing the PDA and restoring healthy circulation. As a leader in children’s heart care, Sunrise Children’s Hospital is proud to offer comprehensive care to children in need of delicate heart procedures. Our compassionate and experienced surgeons provide consistently high-quality care to the infants and children of Nevada.

    Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line today at (702) 233-5437 for more information about our heart care services.

    Chronic Sinusitis and Your Child

    Last updated 9 months ago

    The sinuses are air-filled pockets in the skull that are located around the nose. These cavities exist to reduce the weight of the skull, add resonance to your voice, and help filter and humidify the air you breathe. When the openings of the sinuses become blocked, the mucus in the cavities accumulates and the sinuses become inflamed and painful. This condition is called sinusitis. Read on to learn more about how chronic sinusitis can affect your child and how your Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help:

    Symptoms
    Children who suffer from chronic sinusitis experience the symptoms of sinusitis for 12 weeks or more despite attempts to treat the condition. Symptoms often include pain and tenderness in the face, nasal congestion, reduced smell and taste sensations, and difficulty breathing through the nose. Children may also suffer from ear pain, toothache, cough, sore throat, and fatigue.

    Causes
    Chronic sinusitis can have a variety of causes. In children, allergies or asthma can be a major cause of sinus pain and pressure. A deviated septum—or the displacement of the thin bone between the nasal passages—can lead to obstruction of the sinus openings and chronic problems with sinus pressure. Colds, the flu, and other respiratory infections can also lead to inflammation in the respiratory tract, which can cause thickening of the sinus membranes and obstruction of the sinus openings.

    The experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are now proud to offer a new, advanced treatment for chronic sinusitis—the balloon sinuplasty. With this minimally invasive procedure, children can find relief for sinus pain and pressure without the need for large, open incisions. Once the procedure is finished, children are often able to return to their daily activities quickly and with significantly reduced discomfort.

    For more information about chronic sinusitis and the balloon sinuplasty procedure, contact the healthcare team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital by calling (702) 233-5437.

    Learn More about Celiac Disease and Eating Right During Pregnancy with These Links

    Last updated 11 months ago

    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. Click through the links below to learn more about our recent blog topics.

    • Has your child been diagnosed with celiac disease? The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse describes this disorder.
    • The Celiac Disease Foundation gives readers some helpful dietary suggestions for living gluten-free.
    • The March of Dimes explains how excessive weight can complicate the health of expectant mothers.
    • Eating right during pregnancy can provide essential nutrients to your unborn child and ward off the risk of obesity. HealthFinder.gov breaks down how to enjoy a healthy diet while pregnant.
    • Healthcare providers recommend that expectant mothers stay active. The American Pregnancy Association lists ways to exercise safely during pregnancy.

    NHTSA to Join Safe Kids and Child Safety Advocates to Highlight Dangers of Child Heatstroke in Hot Cars

    Last updated 11 months ago

    As the Las Vegas Valley quickly heats up, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids Worldwide will join a parent who lost her child in a heatstroke tragedy, along with local police, fire, government and other partners to discuss ways to prevent child deaths and injuries in hot vehicles. Nevada is one of several states with a high number of heatstroke fatalities – at least 11 children in Nevada have lost their lives to vehicular heatstroke since 1998.

    The Live demonstration conducted by the Nevada Highway Patrol will show how emergency personnel respond to 911 calls and assess a lock-in situation. Other compelling visuals include a temperature display demonstrating how hot it can get inside a vehicle.  The event is on May 23rd at 10:30.  For more information, call Sunrise Children's Hospital today at (702) 233-5437!

    Water Safety Guidelines for Summer Recreation

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Swimming is a great way to beat the heat of a hot Las Vegas afternoon. However, it’s during the warm summer months that facilities such as Sunrise Children’s Hospital witness an increase in pool-related accidents and injuries. To make sure that your family’s time at the pool is fun, relaxing, and pain-free, bear in mind the following water safety guidelines.

    Prohibit pool diving
    Children may not heed pool markers that differentiate between the shallow and deep end. As a result, they may inadvertently dive into a section of the pool that’s far too shallow for safety. Head injuries from pool accidents can quickly escalate into life-threatening situations. Not only can blunt trauma to the head cause a swimmer to lose consciousness, but also it presents the possibility of paralysis or drowning. To avoid these dangers, restrict diving into any part of the pool.

    Eliminate distractions while supervising pool activity
    Multitasking might be a part of your everyday life, but when it comes to pool safety, it’s best to put away distractions that may prevent you from keeping a close eye on your children. Reading by the pool is a popular pastime, but if you’re supervising swimming children, you should put away your book. Also, refrain from taking calls or surfing the internet on your phone while looking after your children.

    Become CPR certified
    Knowing CPR is the best measure parents can take to protect their children while at the pool. In the event that your child swallows water or cannot breathe, being able to immediately administer CPR is critical. The longer a child goes without air, the more likely he may suffer brain damage. If you aren’t currently CPR certified, contact your children’s hospital for class information.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital wants your family to enjoy a happy and accident-free summer. To find out about how to become CPR certified, call our Las Vegas children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437. We also encourage parents to visit our website for a full listing of our many pediatric services.

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