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    Helping Your Child Maintain an Active Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

    Last updated 9 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 9 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 9 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.  

    Healthy Resolutions for the Whole Family

    Last updated 9 months ago

    For most people, a new year marks a fresh start. Those who wish to change something about their lives use January 1st as an excuse to make those changes happen. However, individual resolutions can be difficult to honor, which is why families often choose to make resolutions together and hold each other accountable.

    Most resolutions center around improving one’s health. As a family, you could pledge to eat less fast food, include more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and spend more time exercising. You can also use resolutions to bargain with your children. For example, if they promise to cook dinner once a week, you might agree to delay their curfew by one hour. To strengthen your bond as a family, consider making resolutions that will encourage you to spend more time together. You could designate Wednesday as “family game night,” for instance.

    Do you have any questions about your child’s health? Don’t hesitate to call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437. Our experts and other medical professionals are always available to address your child’s health concerns.

     

    Protecting Your Child from the Flu

    Last updated 9 months ago

    While influenza may not have a huge impact on adults, it can be particularly dangerous for children. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 20,000 children under five are hospitalized because of flu complications each year. As a parent, you must become familiar with the flu and do everything you can to prevent your child from getting the disease.

    The best way to protect your child from the flu is to make sure they get a flu vaccine before or during each flu season, which runs from fall to early spring. The CDC recommends that everyone older than six months get a vaccine, so you might as well get a shot, too. It’s also a good idea to keep your home surfaces clean and encourage your child to wash their hands regularly.

    For more tips on keeping your household flu-free this season, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437. You can also become a member of our H2U wellness program and stay informed on a wide range of wellness matters.

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