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    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.

    What Is Patent Ductus Arteriosus?

    Last updated 1 year 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.

    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.

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