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    Preventing Dehydration as the Las Vegas Temperature Rises

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Summertime means lots of outdoor fun for kids, but without the proper hydration, it can also mean visits to the children’s emergency room. Soaring Las Vegas temperatures leave kids vulnerable to dehydration, so it’s important to make hydration a habit. Here are some ways you can help your kids beat dehydration and stay away from the hospital this summer.

    Provide Plenty of Water

    The first step in fighting dehydration is getting enough water. During hot weather, kids should drink water before they take part in any physical activities and then at 20-minute intervals while they are being active. Although sports drinks can be tempting, water is the best choice for keeping the body hydrated in most circumstances. However, if your child is involved in especially strenuous activity, such as a vigorous football practice, a sports drink containing electrolytes can help replenish some of the minerals depleted by sweating.

    Schedule Activities Wisely

    The heat is a major factor in dehydration, so you can cut the risk by scheduling outdoor activities around the hottest part of the day. The sun is usually at its peak between 10 AM and 3 PM, so try to avoid excessive activities outdoors during this time. Early mornings and late afternoons are safer times to be outdoors. Encourage your kids to play in the shade whenever possible when they are outside to reduce some of the effects of the sun.

    Serve Hydrating Foods

    Many seasonal summer foods are packed with water and can help stave off dehydration. Serve up snacks like watermelon and strawberries to sneak extra hydration into kids’ diets. Low-sugar popsicles are favorite summer treats that are also high in water content and can cool your kids down at the same time.

    If your child does experience the symptoms of dehydration, take him or her for emergency care at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We’ve been providing quality pediatrics and high-risk pregnancy care to the Las Vegas community for three decades. For additional information about our children’s hospital, please call (702) 731-5437. 

    Heat Illness Red Flags to Watch Out for This Summer

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Summer brings a welcome opportunity to enjoy days in the sunshine, but soaring Las Vegas temperatures can put you at danger while enjoying the season. Heat illness can be serious, especially in children, so it’s important to pay attention to the warning signs. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, take him or her to the children’s hospital right away for emergency care.

    Heavy Sweating

    Sweating is normal in the heat, but heavy sweating could the sign of a medical emergency. If your child is perspiring heavily, it could be a sign that his or her body is struggling with temperature regulation. You should also be on the lookout for skin that feels cool and clammy as well as sweaty. If your child is sweating heavily, get him or her to the shade and give them plenty of fluids to attempt to replenish the lost liquids.

    High Body Temperature

    A body temperature of over 103 degrees Fahrenheit is a sign of one of the most serious kinds of heat illness—heat stroke. If your child’s temperature rises this high after being outdoors, he or she needs emergency care. Try to cool him or her down with cool, damp cloths while you wait for medical care. This symptom may be accompanied by skin that is red, hot, and dry.

    Lose of Consciousness

    After being overexposed to heat, your child may faint or slip into unconsciousness. He or she may also experience confusion. Take your child to the hospital if any of these symptoms occur and get him or her out of the sun immediately.

    The emergency room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas is equipped to deal with all of your pediatric emergencies, whatever the season. You can learn more about all of the services we offer at our children’s hospital by calling (702) 731-5437. 

    Understanding Pediatric Stroke

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Most people think of strokes as something that impacts older adults, but they can and do occur in children. As a parent, having a child experience a stroke can be scary and confusing, but the pediatric team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas is here to support your family on every step of the journey, from treatment to recovery. Here is a look at what you need to know about pediatric strokes.

    What Types of Strokes Do Children Have?

    As with adults, children can suffer ischemic or hemorrhagic strokes. Ischemic strokes are caused by blood clots that travel to the brain. These clots disrupt the flow of blood to the brain, causing a stroke. In children, ischemic strokes are usually triggered by congenital heart problems, trauma, or sickle cell disease. Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. In children, these types of strokes are usually caused by arteriovenous malformations and certain diseases, such as hemophilia.

    How Are Pediatric Strokes Treated?

    In the emergency room, as with adult strokes, the aim is to prevent as much brain damage as possible. Depending on the type of stroke, this can mean breaking up the blood clot that is interfering with blood flow or repairing the blood vessel that has ruptured to stop bleeding in the brain. After the stroke has ended, treatment turns to addressing the effects of the stroke. These effects vary from child to child but can include weakness and paralysis on one side of the body, speech difficulties, and cognitive changes.

    Do Children Recovery After Strokes?

    Every stroke patient is different, but children tend to heal better from strokes than older patients. Getting urgent treatment at a children’s hospital when a stroke occurs and working with pediatric rehabilitation experts can speed the process.

    Come to the emergency room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital if you believe your child could be having a stroke. Trust our children’s hospital for the best possible emergency care when your child needs it the most. For more information about our pediatric hospital, please call (702) 731-5437.

    Understanding Meningitis and Its Risk Factors

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Meningitis is an infection that attacks the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord called the meninges. When meningitis occurs, it may be a somewhat mild viral infection or a much more serious bacterial infection, though the symptoms for each are very similar. Because the symptoms are so alike in the different types of meningitis, symptoms should be addressed in an emergency room right away. Early treatment of bacterial meningitis can be lifesaving, and early treatment of viral meningitis may greatly reduce the chances of complications and shorten the length of the illness.

    Meningitis symptoms

    Meningitis is most common in children and adults under the age of 30. It may present sudden symptoms of fever, stiff neck, rapid breathing, decreased alertness, sensitivity to light, and severe headache. Since these symptoms may be present in bacterial and viral meningitis, you should always seek care for yourself or your child when they appear.

    Exams and diagnosis

    When you visit the ER with symptoms of meningitis, an examination and spinal fluid sample will be used to determine if meningitis is present. Early diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is the most reliable way to prevent neurological damage and reduce the chances of death resulting from this condition.

    Treatment options

    Viral meningitis often clears up on its own within about two weeks, but bacterial meningitis requires immediate treatment with antibiotics. There are also some vaccinations that protect against certain forms of meningitis, and these are recommended for children between ages 11 and 12, college freshmen living in dorms, and individuals traveling to other countries where meningitis is more common.

    With the kid-friendly ER at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, you will always have a place to turn when healthcare emergencies like meningitis arise. To see the current wait times in our ER, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5437. 

    What All New Parents Should Know About Infant Immunization

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When you welcome your child to the world, one of the first steps in his or her pediatric care will be immunization, which begins at birth with vaccinations continuing through infancy and childhood. Parents often have a number of questions about infant immunization and its effectiveness, so this article will offer some insight on childhood vaccines to help you plan your child’s early care.

    Vaccines follow rigorous safety standards

    Vaccines are incredibly safe, because they are held to high standards for quality and effectiveness, which keeps potential side effects limited to very minor conditions like low-grade fever. The schedule of infant immunization is able to begin birth because there is such a low chance of side effects. This early start ensures that babies will be protected from potentially life-threatening diseases from their very first moments.

    There is no proven link between infant immunization and autism

    The notion that immunization causes autism is not founded in scientific data, and several studies have confirmed that there is no link. There has been a rise in the prevalence of autism over the past several decades, but this coincides with an improved understanding of autism to facilitate more diagnoses.

    Multiple vaccine doses are necessary for complete protection

    Your baby may have several vaccines at once, and several doses may be needed to build full immunity. This is the case because vaccines only contain a very small number of antigens, which is also why receiving multiple vaccines at once does not carry a risk of overloading a baby’s immune system.

    If you have a baby on the way, you can learn everything you need to know about newborn care and find exceptional accommodations for your labor and delivery at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. To find out more about our services for moms and babies, call us at (702) 233-5437 or visit our website. 

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