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    Poison Prevention Tips for Your Household

    Last updated 1 month ago

    In the U.S., several hundred children are rushed to the children’s emergency care center each day as a result of accidental poisonings, which can sometimes be fatal. While home is supposed to be a sanctuary, most households are filled with toxic products. Everyday items such as household cleaners and even personal care products can pose a danger for children. It’s a good idea for parents to walk through their homes to identify potential hazards and to take steps to keep these items out of a child’s grasp. If a child does suffer an accidental poisoning, a children’s emergency care center can provide prompt treatment.

    Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Carbon monoxide is a particularly dangerous substance because it is odorless and colorless. In fact, it’s virtually undetectable except in buildings that feature carbon monoxide detectors. Pediatric specialists urge parents to invest in carbon monoxide detectors for each level of their home. Combination smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detectors are also available. It’s important to test and replace the batteries regularly. Having fireplaces, furnaces, wood-burning stoves, and other appliances serviced regularly can reduce the risk of a carbon monoxide leak.

    Keep Medicines Locked Away

    Every day, children inadvertently ingest cold medicine, pain killers, and other medications. Even if parents place medications on a high shelf in the medicine cabinet, children may still access them by climbing on the counter or toilet. It’s best to place all medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, in a locked area. Parents who keep medications in their briefcases or purses should make sure their kids do not have access to these items.

    Place Toxic Products Out of Reach

    There is a wide range of toxic household products that should be placed out of the reach of children. These include cleaning products, pesticides, bleach, dishwashing liquids, and laundry detergent.

    Families in the Las Vegas area who require emergency care for their children can turn to Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our pediatric specialists provide exceptional emergency care, with the goal of making our young patients as comfortable as possible. If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911; otherwise, you can reach our children’s hospital at (702) 731-5437.

    Celebrating Child Life Month

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Some children’s hospitals may have child life specialists on their staff. These professionals help children navigate medical challenges and develop coping strategies. In honor of the importance of supporting a child’s emotional wellness, the Child Life Council has designated March as Child Life Month. During Child Life Month, parents and healthcare providers at community hospitals around the country are encouraged to celebrate the work these specialists do through educational initiatives and other projects.

    Promoting Child Life Awareness Through Arts and Crafts

    Healthcare providers and parents can guide children through arts and crafts activities that promote awareness of what child life specialists do. For example, children might visit the cafeteria of a community hospital to decorate paper placemats. Ideally, the placemats should have simple statements printed on them that explain the child life specialty. Children may also enjoy using fabric paints to create a Child Life Month T-shirt. Community hospitals can host poster displays that children create, which depict how child life specialists have helped them. Hospital staff can also create their own displays using photographs of child life specialists as they work with children. These displays might include informative posters with details about the hospital’s child life department.

    Planning Child Life Educational Initiatives

    Parents who visit community hospitals are often unaware of what child life specialists can do for their youngsters. Hosting informative events for both parents and fellow healthcare providers is a wonderful way to celebrate Child Life Month. Child life specialists might conduct a brown bag lunch seminar for families, colleagues, or nursing students to discuss their work and how healthcare providers can support children.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital understands how difficult it can be for children to cope with hospitalizations, illnesses, and treatments. Our children’s hospital is pleased to offer Las Vegas families the services of our Child Life Department. You can explore our child life services on our website or call our children’s hospital at (702) 731-5437 with any questions you may have.

    Tips for Selecting the Right Pediatrician

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Parents are often encouraged to select a pediatrician before their child is born. This enables the pediatrician to examine the child shortly after birth and to spare the parents the task of finding a pediatrician during the busy days following birth. Many parents rely on recommendations from friends and family members, while others may prefer to select a pediatrician who is associated with a major children’s hospital. Regardless, parents can have the opportunity to interview the pediatrician.

    During the interview, parents can learn more about the pediatrician’s background and training, and ask any questions they may have. It’s a good idea for parents to bring a list of questions that are important to them and relevant to their situation. For example, it may be especially important for one parent to select a pediatrician who is supportive of bottle feeding, while another parent may prefer a pediatrician who is accepting of attachment parenting. Parents should also ask practical questions, such as those involving what the office hours are, what to do in the event of an after-hours emergency, and how quickly appointments can be made.

    The Pediatric Unit at Sunrise Children’s Hospital features specially trained pediatricians who have extensive knowledge regarding the developmental, medical, and emotional needs of youngsters. Las Vegas parents can call (702) 731-5437 to reach a registered nurse at our children’s hospital.

    Why Heart Health Matters for Kids Too

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Heart health is commonly thought of as a concern that belongs to older adults, when in fact, leading a heart-healthy lifestyle is critical at every age. Pediatricians recommend helping children establish healthy habits as early as possible to lower the risk of heart disease later in life. These healthy habits include being physically active every day, limiting sugar intake, and eating a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have teamed up for their “Life is Why” campaign, which promotes healthy living for families. Through advocacy initiatives and public awareness campaigns, these organizations are promoting the idea that health allows kids to live life to the fullest.

    In addition to our children’s emergency care, Sunrise Children’s Hospital provides Las Vegas families with a state-of-the-art Heart Care Program, which includes advanced pediatric heart care services not available anywhere else in the state. You can speak with a registered nurse at our children’s hospital by calling (702) 731-5437.

    A Look at Ear Health in Young Children

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Ear infections and other ear, nose, and throat problems are among the most common reasons for a visit to the children’s hospital. In fact, February has been designated as Kids ENT Health Month to promote awareness of the importance of ear health in young children. This designation seeks to raise awareness about the importance of prompt treatment for ENT problems, such as ear infections. If you suspect your child may have hearing loss or another ear-related medical condition, a pediatrician at your local children’s hospital can help.

    Otitis Media

    Otitis media is another term for a middle ear infection. Due to the shape of the Eustachian tube in childhood, children are particularly vulnerable to ear infections. When the Eustachian tube becomes obstructed, mucus and pus can accumulate behind the eardrum. If left untreated, an ear infection can lead to hearing loss, an infection of the mastoid bone, or a ruptured eardrum.

    Swimmer’s Ear

    Swimmer’s ear is characterized by the infection of the outer structures of the ear. It’s often caused by swimming; however, it may also develop from bathing or showering. Swimmer’s ear develops when water becomes trapped in the ear canal, which leads to an accumulation of bacteria. Occasionally, the ear canal may become so swollen as to induce temporary hearing loss.

    Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

    As the name implies, noise-induced hearing loss is permanent hearing impairment due to exposure of loud noises. Exposure to very loud noises can damage and eventually kill the hair cells, or sensory cells, within the ear. Once destroyed, these cells cannot grow back, which is why the hearing impairment is permanent. Kids are at a high risk of NIHL because they are prone to turning up the volume while wearing headphones or earbuds.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas, you’ll find a full spectrum of healthcare services specifically designed with the youngest of patients in mind. Our children’s hospital provides exceptional emergency care, care for high-risk pregnancies, and much more. Parents can obtain a referral to a specialist at our children’s hospital by calling (702) 731-5437. 

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