Last updated 15 days ago
In the New Year, you might be looking to make a family resolution to eat better. With more fruits and vegetables in your family’s diet, you can ensure better health and have your child craving healthier options when it comes to afterschool snacking.
This video shares some delicious, kid-friendly smoothie recipes from the American Diabetes Association. By following these recipes, you will get your child to eat more fresh fruits and have healthy meals on the go.
For healthy ideas to help your whole family stay healthy, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437. Our registered nurses can offer health tips and answer questions 24/7.
Last updated 16 days ago
During the flu season, you may need to use over-the-counter medications to help your child find relief from cold or flu symptoms and get better. When you use these medicines, you should know the important guidelines for administering medication to children so that you avoid accidental overdose and misuse that leads to ER visits. Here’s a look at what you should remember when your child needs medicine at home.
Always Follow Dosing Directions
You will always want to read labels closely and follow dosing instructions for your child’s age and weight. If multiple parents or caregivers are giving your child medicine throughout the day, you should keep a log of each dose so that no one gives an extra dose.
Use Caution When Giving Multiple Medications
If your child is taking more than one type of OTC medicine, check the active ingredients to be sure that there are no overlapping medications. Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, is frequently found in cold and flu medications, and it can cause liver damage if it is overused.
Increase a Child’s Comfort with Natural Remedies
For some flu symptoms, a hot bowl of soup or a cold popsicle may be just as effective as medication. Therefore, you should keep natural cold remedies on hand to supplement any medicine your child does take.
Talk to Your Child’s Pediatrician
Before giving your child any type of medicine, you will want to speak with the pediatrician to make sure that it is safe and effective for the symptoms your child is presenting.
When you have questions about medication use for children, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5437 to speak with a registered nurse anytime. Our pediatric services ensure quality care for Las Vegas kids with a wide range of healthcare needs.
Last updated 27 days ago
While the effects of cigarette smoking have become much more widely recognized among today’s adults, kids may not realize the damage they are doing by picking up a cigarette in middle or high school. In the past, cigarette companies were able to overtly advertise to children, but laws have limited their freedom in marketing. As this video explains, however, tobacco companies are still reaching children with products like eCigarettes that can do great harm. If people don’t start smoking before the age of 20, they are not likely to become regular smokers later in life. This means that childhood years are critical in making a clear message to children about the dangers that smoking presents.
If you are a smoker and you want to set an example for your child by quitting, reach out to Sunrise Children’s Hospital to learn about the resources available to you. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line can offer guidance and answers to your questions, so call us today at (702) 233-5437.
Last updated 1 month ago
If you are planning to travel for the holidays, there are some special steps you should take in mapping out your road trip when the kids are tagging along. In general, roads are busier during the holiday season and there is a higher rate of car accidents. When you have to account for younger passengers on your trip, you might have some extra safety issues in the event of a roadside emergency or collision. Here is a look at a few of the ways you can improve safety on the road and make the most of your travels.
Keep Kids in the Right Kind of Car Seat
Children should be seated in the back seat of the car until they reach age 12, and they should have some type of car or booster seat until they can wear a seatbelt correctly with the lower band passing over the lap and shoulder reaching the top of the belt. Rear-facing seats are the safest choice, so they should be used as long as possible with consideration to your child’s weight and height. Even on long road trips, you will want to have your children secured in a car seat.
Shorten Driving Time When Kids Are in the Car
Younger children do not have much patience for long car rides, so you might consider taking a shorter trip or breaking the drive up over several days. Cranky kids in the backseat may be a big distraction while you are driving, which means that games, books, and small toys might be essentials for the trip.
Have Healthy Snacks and Bottled Water on Hand
Injuries and accidents can take place when you are pulled over for minor roadside issues like engine trouble or a flat tire. To keep kids from wandering into unsafe areas or getting dehydrated during the wait for roadside assistance, make sure that you always have bottled water in the car along with some healthy non-perishable snacks.
Are you planning a holiday road trip this year? Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you plan the safest possible trip through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5437. You can also visit us for free car seat check-up events taking place monthly in Las Vegas.
Last updated 1 month ago
The holidays are often a source of stress, because so many people end up overspending and overindulging throughout the season. With this pattern, it can be easy to forget that the holidays are a time for giving and sharing with the community. To get back to the roots of what the holidays are about, you might offer some of your time by volunteering this year. There are many ways to volunteer for the holidays, and any way you contribute can make a big difference when people truly need their spirits lifted. Not only is the demand high for volunteers this time of year, but the festive spirit of the season can make volunteering more fun. Plus, you will be setting a great example for your friends and loved ones, who might give something back themselves following in your footsteps.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital welcomes volunteers throughout the year with opportunities that make a difference for Las Vegas’s youngest patients. To learn about the application process for our hospital volunteers, visit our website or call us at (702) 233-5437.