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    How to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses This Summer

    Last updated 15 days ago

    A foodborne illness can quickly ruin summer fun and leave your little one facing a trip to the children’s hospital for emergency care. While soaring temperatures combined with outdoor activities make food contamination more likely during the summer, there are many things you can do to reduce the risk for your family. Make sure your summer picnics and cookouts don’t end in a children’s hospital trip with these tips.

    Wash Your Hands

    One of the easiest things you can do to avoid foodborne illnesses is to wash your hands with soap and warm water. Be sure to wash your hands before you handle food and after you touch raw meat. Insist that your kids wash their hands before they start eating to keep any bacteria they have picked up during play off of their plates.

    Maintain the Proper Temperatures

    Food that isn’t kept at the right temperature becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. At a picnic or cookout, never let hot food sit out for more than hour before placing it in the refrigerator. Cold foods should be stored in a well-packed cooler until you are ready to eat them. A cooler that is full stays cold longer, so fill empty space in your cooler with extra ice. Be sure meat is thoroughly cooked before serving.

    Don’t Reuse

    Cross-contamination is the source of many foodborne illnesses. Don’t reuse plates or utensils on cooked food that you used on raw items. Throw away marinade after using rather than using it as a sauce. Don’t use the same cutting board to chop veggies that you used to cut up raw meat.

    If a foodborne illness or other summer emergency strikes, Sunrise Children’s Hospital is ready with the care your child needs, around the clock. Trust our pediatrics team and children’s emergency care in Las Vegas when your child needs urgent medical attention. To learn more about all of our hospital services, call (702) 731-5437. 

    Helping Your Child Cope with Asthma During the Summer Months

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Summer means vacation for most kids, but children with asthma don’t get a break when the temperatures rise. In fact, asthma problems can spike during the summer months without proper care. Help your child avoid summer asthma issues by talking to his or her pediatrics allergist about strategies you can use. These tips will also help.

    Stay Consistent with Medications

    Schedules tend to go out the window during summer, and that can make it challenging to stick to your child’s regular medicine regime. In fact, one reason pediatrics specialists believe there is a spike in visits to the children’s hospital for asthma problems during summer is because kids aren’t taking their medicine as faithfully as they should. Following your child’s treatment plan is the best preventative strategy for avoiding asthma complications, so get on a new schedule for summer to make sure your child doesn’t miss any doses.

    Know Your Child’s Triggers

    What causes your child’s asthma symptoms to flare? Everyone has different asthma triggers, so know exactly what exacerbates your child’s symptoms so you can help him or her avoid them. Some common triggers are pet dander, dust, smoke, and exercise. Remember that hot summer temperatures can make it even harder to breathe during outdoor activities, so help you child plan outdoor fun for early or late in the day, when the air isn’t so hot.

    Plan for Trips

    When your child goes to summer camp or you go away on a family vacation, asthma goes with them. Talk to your pediatrics specialists before any trips and make sure you have enough medication, including both long-acting and short-acting medicines, for the trip. Consistency is still the key to controlling asthma symptoms while you’re away, so make it a point to avoid missed doses.

    When an asthma attack or another medical crisis strikes, turn to Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas for children’s emergency care. Get more information about our children’s hospital by calling (702) 731-5437. 

    Which Vaccinations Does Your Child Need to Start School?

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Immunization is an essential component of pediatric care, because vaccines protect children from a wide range of diseases that may be potentially fatal or cause permanent disabilities. Before school starts, it is important to check in with your child’s pediatrician to make sure that all immunizations are up to date. Below you’ll see which vaccinations are necessary for enrollment in school and those that are recommended to promote good health in your child.

    Required immunizations

    Nevada state law requires that children attending public schools be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis with the DTap vaccine; polio with the IPV vaccine; and measles, mumps, and rubella with the MMR vaccine. Each of these immunizations will generally be a part of your child’s regular visits to the pediatrician, though boosters might be necessary for children entering middle school.

    Recommended vaccinations

    Though not required, there are several immunizations that can benefit your child’s health and reduce the spread of illnesses at school. The annual flu shot is often recommended for school-aged children, and this may be given through an injection or with a nasal spray. The HPV vaccine is recommended at ages 11-12, since early immunization will offer the most complete protection. The meningococcal vaccine can protect from two of the three most common causes of meningococcal disease, which is potentially life threatening. This vaccine is also recommended at the ages of 11-12.

    Catch-up immunizations

    If your child has not been on the recommended vaccination schedule that your pediatrician has provided, it is possible to catch up with immunizations. It is never too late to get on a catch-up schedule, which you can discuss with your pediatrician should the need arise.

    For answers to all of your questions about pediatric medicine and the resources you need to raise a healthy child, connect with Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437. We provide a complete continuum of care for infants, adolescents, and teens with services including pediatric emergency care, child life services, and neonatal intensive care. 

    What is Cystic Fibrosis?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Cystic fibrosis is a chronic disease affecting the mucous and sweat glands; it is caused by a genetic mutation and is the most common inherited genetic disease seen in infants. If your child is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), you may have a number of questions about what types of symptoms your child may experience and how those will impact your child’s life. This article offers some answers to basic questions about CF to help you get on the right track with your child’s care.

    How common is CF?

    As Dr. Craig Nakamura explains in this short video, there are about 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis each year. In families with a history of CF, genetic testing prior to conception is recommended to assess the risk of having a child with this disease.

    What symptoms does CF cause?

    The very early signs of CF are salty skin, which may be noticeable when you kiss your baby. Babies may also not pass stool when they are first born. As the disease progresses, it can lead to blocked ducts in the liver and pancreas along with intestinal problems that limit the absorption of nutrients in the body. Reproductive complications may occur, and respiratory issues are very common. In patients with CF, mucous builds up in the lungs causing frequent bacterial infection and breathing difficulties.

    What is the prognosis with CF?

    As recently as three decades ago, the life expectancy of an individual with CF was about 20 years. With modern advances in medicine and a better understanding of the disease today, the median lifespan of patients with cystic fibrosis is about 40 years old.

    Which treatments are used?

    Finding appropriate care for cystic fibrosis early on is essential to managing this condition. While there is no cure, it is possible to manage symptoms through new medications, respiratory therapies, dietary counseling, and the use of nutritional supplements. Care may continue to evolve as new treatments are discovered and the condition evolves through the aging process.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you cope with a CF diagnosis in your child and facilitate a path to managing this disease with a dynamic approach to pediatric care. To get to know more about our services in Las Vegas, call us at (702) 233-5437. 

    Identifying a Breathing Problem in Your Infant

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Breathing problems that may arise during infancy include cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease, or acute lung infections. In many cases, parents will easily be able to identify that something is wrong, because their children may behave differently than other babies, showing the more specific signs discussed below. When you do suspect that a breathing problem is present, you should not hesitate to seek care with a pediatric pulmonologist like Dr. Craig Nakamura of Sunrise Children’s Hospital, who is featured in this video.

    Labored breathing

    Infants who do not have healthy lung function may appear to use more muscles to breathe while they are relaxed. You might notice that your child sucks in around the collar bone or uses more of the rib muscles, which may a sign that the muscles in the diaphragm are not strong enough to sustain normal breathing. Fast or abnormally paced breathing can also be symptoms of chronic lung problems.

    Blue face and lips

    When your child is not getting enough oxygen, he or she might have blue or chalky lips. If the whole face is blue or you notice this type of skin discoloration very early on in your child, you should speak to your child’s pediatrician right away.

    Abnormal noises while breathing

    Your baby may have more audible breathing than other infants with exhalation that is accompanied by grunting or wheezing while inhaling. These noises can indicate that there is a blockage in the airways or that liquid is present in the lungs.

    With the extensive pediatric pulmonology and rehabilitative services available at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, your child will have the dedicated attention and care needed to get a healthier start. To get a physician referral or find answers to your questions about our services, call (702) 233-5437 and speak with one of our registered nurses. 

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