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    Is Your Child Getting Proper Nutrition at School?

    Last updated 14 days 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) 233-5437 and speak with a registered nurse. 

    Exploring the Physical Challenges of Breast Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 16 days 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.

    Lymphedema

    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.

    Fatigue

    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

    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) 233-5437 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 1 month 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) 233-5437.

    What Parents and Kids Can Expect During an X-Ray Exam

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Many children become nervous about the prospect of getting an X-ray. Parents can reassure their youngsters that the X-ray doesn’t hurt; in fact, kids won’t feel anything at all. Children might also be reassured by knowing what to expect in advance. For example, depending on the body part being scanned, a child might need to change into a hospital gown. Then, his or her body part is carefully positioned on a table and then an X-ray is taken.

    Parents and kids can watch this helpful video together to learn more about the procedure. This video lets kids know that an X-ray machine is just like a special, giant camera and doesn’t cause any discomfort.

    The pediatrics staff at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is specially trained to guide children through imaging procedures. Las Vegas-area families can connect with our children’s hospital by calling (702) 233-5437 or visit our website to learn more about us.

    Healthy Tips for Teen Girls

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Teen girls have a lot of things to worry about, from menstruation to relationships to homework. If you have any questions about your physical or socio-emotional health, you can always consult your pediatrician. Remember that there’s no need to feel embarrassed; plenty of other girls are in the same sort of situations you’re experiencing. For example, it’s a good idea to let your doctor know about your menstrual symptoms. It’s common to feel grumpy and bloated; however, certain symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, and a sudden fever require a doctor’s care. These could be signs of toxic shock syndrome, a rare, yet serious condition that can occur from using tampons.

    Another important way you can take care of yourself is by making sure you exercise every day. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring; consider joining a sports team at school or enlist your best friend to go to the gym with you. By exercising regularly and eating healthy foods instead of junk food, you can reduce your risk of serious diseases later in life. These healthy habits can even stabilize your mood and help you feel better about yourself!

    Teens can turn to the pediatric staff at Sunrise Children’s Hospital for help with all of their healthcare concerns. If you live in the Las Vegas area, you can call our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437 to speak with a registered nurse about your health.

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