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    Understanding Common Speech and Language Disorders in Children

    Last updated 1 year ago

    As children grow, they tend to follow a pattern of speech and language development marked by achievement milestones. In some situations, however, children can lag behind these milestones and suffer from speech and language deficits. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we offer advanced care in speech and language therapy to help with these disorders, some of which are mentioned in the brief guide below.

    Speech Disorders
    Childhood speech disorders often involve the motor aspect of communication. Child apraxia of speech, for example, presents as difficulty articulating sounds or words because the brain has problems planning the movements of the mouth and jaw speech muscles. Dysarthria is another speech disorder that is characterized by weakness of the muscles involved in speech, usually caused by a stroke or brain injury. Stuttering is also considered a speech disorder that can hinder efficient communication. Since speech disorders can be embarrassing for children, you should seek treatment for your child if he or she has difficulty speaking.

    Language Disorders
    Unlike speech deficits, language disorders are often related to problems with reaching the age-appropriate reading, spelling, or writing milestones, and are not generally associated with motor deficits. Children with language disorders will typically show signs of a learning disability, and may also have some problems with the spoken word. If your child is suffering from a language-based learning disability, you may notice that he or she has trouble recalling words, learning new words, expressing ideas clearly, or understanding questions or directions.

    Your child’s pediatrician will help you determine your child’s developmental stage and work with you to promote happy, healthy development. If you live in the Southern Nevada area and are looking for a compassionate, skilled pediatric specialist, look no further than Sunrise Children’s Hospital. As a leader in pediatric medical care, we are dedicated to providing advanced care to your family.

    Call today at (702) 233-5437 to set up an appointment with a Sunrise physician or speech therapist.

    The Importance of Good Nutrition for Your Child's Healthy Development

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for people of all ages, but it is especially critical for children. Getting the right vitamins and minerals is necessary for children to reach their full potential both physically and cognitively. Proper nutrition early in life can also help children develop healthy habits and prevent obesity, diabetes, and other serious chronic illnesses as they approach adulthood. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our healthcare team urges parents to set a good example for their children so the whole family can live healthy, happy lives. Read on to learn why good nutrition is such an important part of a child’s healthy development.

    Promoting a Healthy Brain
    In a child’s early life, his or her brain is constantly changing, growing, and learning at an amazing pace. A nutritious diet helps children to get the vitamins and nutrients needed to assist with proper brain development. Healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, are vital for brain and eye development. These healthy fats can be found in milk, yogurt, and a variety of other foods. Iron is also important for brain development—a deficiency in this mineral has been associated with cognitive deficits in children.

    Encouraging Physical Development
    Physical development is also dependent on a child’s diet. Ample calcium and protein are necessary to support continuous bone and muscle growth. A healthy balance of vitamins and minerals support good eyesight and prevent fatigue. Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, can help promote a child’s engagement in physical activities and learning.

    Eating a nutritious diet also helps a child recover faster from illness. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our clinical dieticians are a vital part of our healthcare team. If you still have questions about improving your child’s diet, contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (702) 233-5437 to set up a consultation. Our specialists can work with you to help your child enjoy a healthy development.

    Tips for Diapering Your Newborn

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Having a baby can be the most exciting moment of a woman’s life. Many first-time moms, however, are unsure about some aspects of newborn care. This video provides some helpful tips for mothers who may need some extra advice for diapering their newborn. The host discusses how to best position the baby during diapering, what materials are needed, and how to keep him or her comfortable during the process. Watch to learn more.

    Are you looking to become a parent in the near future? Sunrise Children’s Hospital wants to help you have a healthy pregnancy—call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line today at (702) 233-5437 to speak with an experienced and compassionate medical professional in the Las Vegas area.

    Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When your child ventures outdoors for play and sports this summer, make sure she is well protected from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Not only can sunburns be quite painful, but that may also increase a child’s risk for developing skin cancer later in life.

    The best way to avoid harmful damage to the skin is to seek shade as much as possible—especially during midday when the UV rays are most intense. If your child must be in the sunlight during these hours, encourage them to cover their skin with long-sleeved garments. Purchase a sun hat that provides ample shade to the ears, neck, scalp, and face. Sunglasses are also a vital part of the summer wardrobe as they protect the sensitive tissues of the eyes from UV.

    In addition to all of the above, purchase and have your child apply a broad spectrum of (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of at least 30 SPF for extra protection. For more sun safety information, contact the pediatric healthcare experts of Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437.

    Bike Safe, Bike Smart

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The warm, sunny weather of summer can be a great time for bicycling. Whether you are teaching your child to ride for the first time or simply taking a relaxing ride around the neighborhood, make sure that you stay safe.

    By watching this video with your child, you both can learn more about the best ways to stay healthy and safe while enjoying a bike ride. The hosts discuss the importance of wearing a helmet, watching carefully for cars, and using your hands to indicate that you’re going to turn.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we want to help your family stay healthy and safe all year round. Contact our healthcare team today at (702) 233-5437 to get more helpful information about injury prevention and staying safe this summer.

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