Last updated 2 days 17 hours ago
Broken bones are among the most frequent injuries treated in a pediatric emergency room, but that doesn’t make them any less scary for parents and kids alike. Sometimes breaking a bone just comes with the territory of being an active kid, but there are many things you can do to lessen the odds of your child experiencing one of these injuries. Try to keep your summer free from casts, crutches, and trips for emergency care with this advice.
Serve Up Calcium
You can help your child build stronger bones by plating up food that is rich in calcium. Serve low-fat or skim milk, low-fat cheese, and low-fat yogurt to keep your child’s calcium intake high. By ensuring that your child gets plenty of calcium, you can help make sure his or her bones are sturdy and less likely to break during an injury.
Encourage Regular Activity
Getting regular physical activity can also help protect your child from broken bones. Encourage weight-bearing exercises, like jumping rope or jogging, to increase bone health. If your child is taking part in team sports, be sure that he or she is training regularly. Failing to be in good condition before taking part in strenuous activity can lead to injury, including broken bones.
Make Safety Equipment a Rule
Don’t allow your child to participate in activities without the proper safety equipment. Talk to his or her coach about the equipment the team uses and make sure it is up-to-date and functioning properly. Insist that your child uses helmets, elbow pads, knee pads, and other safety equipment as needed.
If your child does suffer a broken bone, the emergency room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital can provide the treatment she needs fast. Our children’s hospital in Las Vegas provides a full range of pediatric and neonatology services. Find out more about the care we offer by calling (702) 731-5437.
Last updated 9 days 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.
Last updated 16 days 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.
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.
Last updated 23 days 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.
Last updated 1 month 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 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.
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.