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    What Children Can Expect in Pediatric Speech Therapy

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Speech therapists can help children improve a range of speech and language difficulties, including fluency disorders such as stuttering. If a physician at your local children’s hospital recommends speech therapy for your child, he or she will first go through an initial evaluation. Then, the speech therapist at the children’s hospital will develop an appropriate treatment plan and discuss it with you. Subsequently, your child will work with the speech therapist on an array of activities designed to improve function.

    Initial Evaluation

    When you bring your child to the children’s hospital for the initial evaluation, you can expect to answer some questions regarding his or her medical history. The speech therapist will also request information about your child’s developmental milestones, and speech and language challenges. Then, speech therapists can use a variety of assessment tools. These may include standardized tests and observations of the child in a natural environment, such as while he or she is playing. Based on this assessment, the speech therapist will devise some recommendations to facilitate your child’s progress and overcome barriers.

    Treatment Plan

    The speech therapist’s treatment plan will include some sessions at the hospital. It may also include a recommended program of activities or exercises to do at home with your child. The specific type of activities will depend on your child’s unique challenges. If he or she struggles with articulation, the speech therapist may physically demonstrate the proper positioning of the lips and other oral structures. He or she may hold a mirror in front of your child so he or she can become more aware of positioning while speaking. Frequently, pediatric speech therapists use games and other fun activities to engage children while they improve their speech and language.

    As the area’s most comprehensive children’s hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital is pleased to provide pediatric speech therapy to Las Vegas families. Our team of pediatrics specialists also includes physical and occupational therapists. For a referral to a speech therapist at our children’s hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurses referral line at (702) 731-5437.

    A Look at Respiratory Conditions Common in Young Children

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Young children are highly susceptible to developing respiratory conditions. These can be mild, as with the case of the common cold, or severe enough to require emergency care, such as pneumonia. Respiratory conditions may be acute or they may be chronic, or long-lasting. At your local children’s hospital, a pediatrics specialist can advise you as to how to help your child feel better.


    Croup most often affects children between the ages of three months and three years.  It is characterized by the inflammation of the trachea, larynx, and bronchioles. The swelling disrupts the child’s ability to breathe properly, causing a “barking” cough. Other symptoms include hoarseness, fever, and poor appetite. This respiratory condition is caused by a viral infection, such as enterovirus, influenza, and adenovirus. A pediatrics specialist can recommend medications to ease symptoms. In severe cases, hospitalization may be called for. At the children’s hospital, a child may be treated with a breathing tube and intravenous fluids.


    Asthma is among the most common reasons for childhood visits to the hospital. It is a chronic respiratory condition that involves the inflammation of the airways, making it difficult for children to breathe. Upon exposure to asthma triggers, children can suffer an asthma attack. An asthma attack involves symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. A pediatrics specialist can work with parents to develop an effective management plan for children with asthma.

    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

    RSV is particularly common among children under the age of two. In some cases, this respiratory condition involves mild symptoms. However, it can spread to the lower respiratory system, resulting in swelling of the bronchioles. This can cause more severe symptoms and may lead to a brief hospitalization.

    As the largest children’s hospital in Nevada, Sunrise Children’s Hospital has the resources your family needs to address acute and chronic respiratory conditions in your child. Our pediatrics specialists can provide child-friendly emergency care and long-term management plans for chronic conditions. Families in the Las Vegas area can connect with our children’s hospital by calling (702) 731-5437 or visiting us online.

    Is Your Child Getting Proper Nutrition at School?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    When children follow a healthy eating plan, they are more likely to enjoy enhanced emotional stability, better concentration, and a reduced risk of chronic diseases later in life. Unfortunately, many kids bypass vegetables in favor of pizza and cookies—particularly in school when parents aren’t on hand to monitor eating habits. The next time you’re at the local children’s hospital with your youngster, consider talking to his or her pediatrics specialist about the nutrients your child should be getting at school and beyond.

    Understanding Nutrition Initiatives

    You may have already heard about the national initiative known as Let’s Move! One component of that campaign is a program that sets new standards for school lunches. While schools aren’t required to adhere to these standards, there are financial incentives for them to do so. More recently, the USDA has set aside funds for schools to achieve healthier school lunch standards. These initiatives can encourage schoolchildren to choose more vegetables and fruits in the cafeteria, along with lean protein sources such as vegetable burgers as opposed to beef burgers. The new school lunches also feature more whole grains and appropriate portion sizes.

    Evaluating Your Child’s School Lunch

    Consider speaking with your child’s school administrators to determine if the school follows the new national standards. If not, consider asking for a copy of a typical lunchroom menu. Scrutinize the menu to determine if your child will have access to vegetables, fruits, low-fat milk, whole grains, and lean proteins.

    Considering Healthier Options

    If your child’s lunchroom menu appears inadequate, you might consider packing lunch for him or her this year. Start with a whole grain, such as a whole grain wrap, pita, or sandwich bread. Add lean proteins, such as tuna, and top with vegetables such as sprouts and tomato slices. Give your child fruit as a side dish and low-fat milk instead of sugary juice.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our pediatrics team includes clinical dietitians, who provide extensive nutritional counseling for patients and parents. Our community hospital in Las Vegas also offers care for mothers with high-risk pregnancies and emergency care for children, in addition to our state-of-the-art NICU. For more information about our children’s hospital, call (702) 731-5437 and speak with a registered nurse. 

    Exploring the Physical Challenges of Breast Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Women often sacrifice their own needs to care for their families. However, the key to being an effective caregiver is to care for one’s own health. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, take a few minutes to learn how to safeguard your health. You might consider visiting your local children’s hospital to discuss having a screening mammogram, for example. At your community hospital, you might also discuss your risk factors of breast cancer and learn how lifestyle changes may help reduce your risk.


    Breast cancer treatment has helped countless women survive the diagnosis; however, it also comes at a cost. Breast cancer treatment involves a slew of physical side effects, such as lymphedema. Lymphedema is a common problem associated with surgery or radiation therapy to treat breast cancer. It arises from the removal of lymph nodes, which causes the buildup of fluid. This can cause significant swelling, reduced flexibility, and discomfort. Your doctor may recommend visiting a physical therapist at the local hospital and receiving other types of treatments to reduce the swelling.


    For individuals with breast cancer, fatigue goes well beyond mere tiredness. This level of fatigue is not alleviated by rest and affects many aspects of life—from mood to physical activity. You can turn to your community hospital for resources on combating fatigue. Your doctor may recommend an exercise program, nutritional counseling, and stress management techniques.


    Pain is a common physical challenge associated with breast cancer treatment and with the cancer itself. It’s important to work closely with your care team at the local hospital to manage your pain. Let them know if your medications are insufficient to control your pain or if the medications are causing other undesirable side effects.

    The team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is dedicated to helping families make informed decisions for their well-being. Our children’s hospital offers low-cost screening mammograms without the need for a physician referral. Families throughout the Las Vegas area can call (702) 731-5437 for information about the other services available at our children’s hospital, including our children’s emergency care and high-risk pregnancy care.

    How to Start a Teaching Garden for Your Kids

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Vegetables are an essential component of a healthy diet for children. Unfortunately, many youngsters prefer cookies over cucumbers. You can encourage your child to enjoy vegetables by starting a backyard garden with him or her. In the process, your child will learn about basic science concepts. Let your child select the vegetables he or she wishes to grow and help him dig, plant, and water the new garden.

    For a complete demonstration on starting a teaching garden with your child, watch this video presented by the American Heart Association. You’ll learn about some subtle differences between planting cucumbers and tomatoes, and you’ll get some tips on how often to water the garden.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital has clinical dietitians on our pediatrics staff to help families develop good nutritional habits. If you have any general questions about our children’s hospital in Las Vegas, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (702) 731-5437.

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