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    Exploring the Physical Challenges of Breast Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.

    Lunch Box Food Safety Tips for the New School Year

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Planning nutrient-dense meals for your child isn’t the only way to keep him or her healthy. It’s also important to practice food safety to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses. Always wash your hands before packing your child’s lunch and prepare the meal on a clean surface. Beware of the potential for cross-contamination, especially if your child has food allergies. Pediatricians strongly recommend using one cutting board for raw meat and poultry, and another cutting board for all other foods.

    If you’re packing a peanut butter sandwich and an apple for your child, there’s no need to worry about keeping the meal cold. However, perishable foods such as yogurt, eggs, deli meats, and cheeses should be kept cold at all times to prevent bacteria from growing. Choose an insulated lunchbox for your child that includes a compartment for at least two ice sources.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital is the leading provider of pediatric services in the Las Vegas area. Call (702) 233-5437 and ask us about our pediatric care, including children’s emergency care.

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