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    Why Children Need More Physical Activity

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The world has gone digital, and so has childhood. Today’s kids spend more time than ever sitting in front of computers, tablets, and video games. While their parents may have spent hours each day running around outside, today’s kids frequently get minimal physical activity. As a result, obesity and related health conditions, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes are on the rise in kids.

    How can you help your kids battle the obesity epidemic? Start by encouraging them to become more active. The recommended base level of activity for kids is 60 minutes per day. Ensure your children get that time by limiting their time using electronic devices, encouraging them to join sports teams at school, and getting them outside to play each day. Getting active can be fun and can have a tremendous impact on your kids’ health.

    For more tips on maintaining good health in kids, see the pediatric team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We have onsite pediatricians and experts in every area of pediatric medicine. Make an appointment for your kids by calling (702) 233-5437.

    Setting a Better Example for Your Children by Considering Bariatric Surgery

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Your children learn a lot of habits from you. Your attitudes about health are one of the biggest influences you will have on your kids. Although your kids’ doctor can tell them how to be healthy, your example really leads the way.  If your weight has become a problem, a powerful example to provide is taking steps to deal with it. If you’re struggling with obesity, bariatric surgery could be a solution. Here are some of the ways your bariatric surgery could have a healthy impact on the lives of your children.

    Sending a Message about Obesity
    Given epidemic proportions of obesity in the U.S., it’s easy for kids to start to view being overweight as no big deal. In reality, obesity is a very big deal for overall health. As a parent, you know that obesity can increase the chances of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and much more. Obesity can also limit your options by making it difficult to enjoy certain physical activities. By working with your doctor to deal with your own obesity, up to and including bariatric surgery, you deliver a message about just how dangerous you consider obesity to be.

    Improving Eating Habits
    After bariatric surgery, it is essential to make certain changes in your diet. You simply won’t be able to consume as many calories, and your body may not be able to tolerate fatty or sugary foods. These changes can benefit your kids in two ways. First, by making healthy food choices yourself, you set the bar for making smart food choices. Second, if you’re on the primary meal preparers in your household, you will automatically improve your kids’ diets as you improve your own. Studies have shown that when a parent has bariatric surgery, kids tend to weigh less and exercise more.

    If you’re looking for a partner in instilling healthy habits in your kids, then look no further than Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our Southern Nevada facility has all of the emergency care services your family may need, from our expert cardiology department to our NICU. To learn more about the services we offer by calling (702) 233-5437. 

    How Kids Explain Heart Attacks

    Last updated 6 months ago

    What does a heart attack look like through the eyes of a child? The American Heart Association asked kids to explain heart attacks, and this video captures their answers.

    It turns out that kids see heart attacks in much the same way adults do. They expect heart attacks to look like they do on television, where a victim clutches their chest and crumples to the floor. Although some heart attack occur this way, it is important to know that many people have only subtle symptoms when experiencing a heart attack.

    Heart problems can and do strike kids. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our children’s emergency care room and pediatric cardiology team can help. Learn more about the services at our Southern Nevada hospital by calling (702) 233-5437. 

    Teaching Your Kids About Stroke and Lifelong Prevention

    Last updated 6 months ago

    It is never too early to start teaching your kids about healthy habits. One topic kids can start learning about early is stroke. Stokes are one the leading causes of death in the U.S. and the No. 1 cause of disability. Teaching kids about strokes has several benefits. First, although most strokes occur in people over the age of 65, they can and do happen in children, so it helps kids to understand the symptoms. Likewise, when kids know the symptoms, they can recognize them in other people so that they can alert someone when emergency care is required. Lastly, kids can learn healthy habits that will reduce their own stroke risks. Here are some suggestions for helping your kids learn about strokes.

    Talk About the Symptoms
    Tell your kids what symptoms someone having a stroke is likely to experience. Most stroke patients have drooping on one side of their faces or bodies. In many cases, they may also experience slurred speech and confused thinking. Whenever these symptoms strike, it is important to get emergency care right away. Every minute counts with a stroke, since brain tissue will continue to die until treatment begins. Teach your kids to dial 911 at the first sign of a stroke in someone else.

    Teach Prevention
    No one can completely eradicate the chance of having a stroke, but many risk factors are controllable. Talk to your kids about the importance of not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting physical activity every day. Many cases of type 1 diabetes are diagnosed by pediatricians, which itself significantly increases the risk of stroke. If your child becomes diabetic, work closely with him or her to teach proper blood sugar management, which will help curb the risk of a stroke for life.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we believe good pediatric care involves doctors and families working together to give kids the tools to be healthy now and well into adulthood. Explore the pediatric services at our hospital by calling (702) 233-5437. 

    Why Children Need Special Care for the Flu

    Last updated 6 months ago

    As an adult, the flu might not seem like much more than an annoyance. For kids, the flu can be a medical emergency. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 20,000 kids end up in pediatric hospitals each year because of complications related to the flu. Why is the flu so risky for children? What can you do to protect your own kids? Here is what you need to know.

    Why Is the Flu Dangerous for Kids?
    There are a number of reasons kids tend to suffer more flu complications than adults. Most of it comes down to the immune system. Kids typically don’t have fully functioning immune systems, so it is more difficult for them to fight off the infection. Children who have chronic medical conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, or asthma, have even greater chances of suffering dangerous side effects when they get the flu.

    What Are Some of the Risks?
    Flu complications come in many varieties. Respiratory problems are common, especially in kids with asthma. A flu infection can lead into pneumonia in some kids. Kids may also suffer extremely high fevers that can lead to severe dehydration and even brain damage. Severe vomiting may also occur.

    What Can I Do to Protect My Kids?
    Start by getting your kids a flu shot. They are recommended for kids over six months of age. Get vaccinated yourself, especially if you have kids under six months or who have chronic health conditions. If your child shows flu symptoms, call the pediatrician right away. Antiviral medicines are appropriate in some cases. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, seek emergency care at a pediatric ER right away.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our pediatrics team is on standby to help your child before, during, and after a case of the flu. Come to our ER for emergency care if complications develop, and make an appointment with one of our experts for a flu shot. Get answers to your questions about the services at our hospital by calling (702) 233-5437. 

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