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    Teaching Your Kids About Stroke and Lifelong Prevention

    Last updated 9 months ago

    It is never too early to start teaching your kids about healthy habits. One topic kids can start learning about early is stroke. Stokes are one the leading causes of death in the U.S. and the No. 1 cause of disability. Teaching kids about strokes has several benefits. First, although most strokes occur in people over the age of 65, they can and do happen in children, so it helps kids to understand the symptoms. Likewise, when kids know the symptoms, they can recognize them in other people so that they can alert someone when emergency care is required. Lastly, kids can learn healthy habits that will reduce their own stroke risks. Here are some suggestions for helping your kids learn about strokes.

    Talk About the Symptoms
    Tell your kids what symptoms someone having a stroke is likely to experience. Most stroke patients have drooping on one side of their faces or bodies. In many cases, they may also experience slurred speech and confused thinking. Whenever these symptoms strike, it is important to get emergency care right away. Every minute counts with a stroke, since brain tissue will continue to die until treatment begins. Teach your kids to dial 911 at the first sign of a stroke in someone else.

    Teach Prevention
    No one can completely eradicate the chance of having a stroke, but many risk factors are controllable. Talk to your kids about the importance of not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting physical activity every day. Many cases of type 1 diabetes are diagnosed by pediatricians, which itself significantly increases the risk of stroke. If your child becomes diabetic, work closely with him or her to teach proper blood sugar management, which will help curb the risk of a stroke for life.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we believe good pediatric care involves doctors and families working together to give kids the tools to be healthy now and well into adulthood. Explore the pediatric services at our hospital by calling (702) 233-5437. 

    Why Children Need Special Care for the Flu

    Last updated 10 months ago

    As an adult, the flu might not seem like much more than an annoyance. For kids, the flu can be a medical emergency. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 20,000 kids end up in pediatric hospitals each year because of complications related to the flu. Why is the flu so risky for children? What can you do to protect your own kids? Here is what you need to know.

    Why Is the Flu Dangerous for Kids?
    There are a number of reasons kids tend to suffer more flu complications than adults. Most of it comes down to the immune system. Kids typically don’t have fully functioning immune systems, so it is more difficult for them to fight off the infection. Children who have chronic medical conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, or asthma, have even greater chances of suffering dangerous side effects when they get the flu.

    What Are Some of the Risks?
    Flu complications come in many varieties. Respiratory problems are common, especially in kids with asthma. A flu infection can lead into pneumonia in some kids. Kids may also suffer extremely high fevers that can lead to severe dehydration and even brain damage. Severe vomiting may also occur.

    What Can I Do to Protect My Kids?
    Start by getting your kids a flu shot. They are recommended for kids over six months of age. Get vaccinated yourself, especially if you have kids under six months or who have chronic health conditions. If your child shows flu symptoms, call the pediatrician right away. Antiviral medicines are appropriate in some cases. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, seek emergency care at a pediatric ER right away.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our pediatrics team is on standby to help your child before, during, and after a case of the flu. Come to our ER for emergency care if complications develop, and make an appointment with one of our experts for a flu shot. Get answers to your questions about the services at our hospital by calling (702) 233-5437. 

    One Teen's Weight Loss Story

    Last updated 10 months ago

    With child obesity reaching unprecedented levels, it’s clear that something has to be done. Some kids and teenagers are taking weight loss into their own hands and embracing healthier lifestyles.  

    This video tells the story of Brandon, a 17 year old whose poor eating habits led him to gain about 140 lbs. during his childhood and teen years. He lost weight once he started riding his bike to school, and made it his goal to complete a triathlon. Not only has his new lifestyle helped him lose weight, but it has improved his mood and helped increase his confidence.

    The medical professionals at Sunrise Children’s Hospital want Las Vegas-area children to be as healthy as possible. Call (702) 233-5437 to speak with a representative and schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians

    Knowing How to Help Your Child Find Relief from Flu

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Flu is more dangerous for kids than adults. Young children are much more prone to complications associated with the flu and are more likely to need emergency care because of flu symptoms. This video offers tips to help you cope when your child comes down with a bad case of flu.

    To start, consider reducing your child’s risk of getting flu in the first place by getting him or her a flu shot. Talk to your child’s pediatrician to see if the vaccine is right for then. If your child does get the flu, call his or her pediatrician as soon as symptoms begin. Antiviral medications can help in some cases.

    If your child is short of breath, has a high fever, or other troubling symptoms with the flu, seek emergency care at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. You can reach our hospital at (702) 233-5437. 

    Helping Your Child Maintain an Active Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

    Last updated 10 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. 

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