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How to treat common childhood allergies

Posted on 3/16/2018

Kids often sniffle and sneeze, but prolonged periods of cold-like symptoms may not be a cold, but could instead be allergies. Allergies can happen any time of the year, but they are most common in the spring and fall. If you suspect your child has allergies, consult with your pediatrics specialist for diagnosis and treatments to help your child feel better.

Common allergy triggers
Although a number of different things can trigger allergy symptoms, in most cases, seasonal allergic rhinitis is to blame. About 40% of kids suffer from these kinds of allergies, also called hay fever. Common triggers of seasonal allergic rhinitis include:

  • Ragweed pollen
  • Grass pollen
  • Mold, such as leaf mold

The time of year your child experiences the worst allergy symptoms will give your pediatrics specialist clues about what is triggering them. For example, if your child suffers from spring and summer allergies, then grass pollen is likely to blame.

Treatment options
If your child’s allergy symptoms are mild, your pediatrician may recommend that your try over-the-counter medications, such as children’s antihistamines. If those are not effective, prescription allergy medications may be helpful.

If these medications don’t work, your child may be referred to a pediatrics allergy specialist for immunotherapy. Allergy immunotherapy, also sometimes called allergy shots, works by introducing small amounts of the allergy trigger into the patient’s system, gradually building up the body’s tolerance. Once tolerance is increased and the body stops having an immune response to the trigger, your child should no longer experience symptoms.

Lifestyle changes
If your child has allergies, there are a few things you can do at home to reduce symptoms. Resist opening windows in your home or car, which will increase exposure to the allergen. Installing higher quality air filters in your home’s HVAC system may also help.

If your child spends time outside when allergen levels are high, he or she should take a shower or bath before going to bed. This will remove traces of pollen and other allergens from skin and hair.

If your child is suffering from allergy symptoms, the pediatricians at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are here to help. Contact our children’s hospital for a referral to a pediatrics specialist by calling (702) 233-5437.

What are the signs of appendicitis?

Posted on 3/5/2018

It isn’t yet known exactly why humans have an appendix, but it can certainly cause problems when it becomes inflamed. The appendix is a small structure located in the lower right-hand quadrant of the abdomen. Appendicitis is most likely to affect people between the ages of 10 and 30, but it can happen at any age. It’s essential to get your child emergency care if you think he or she might have an inflamed appendix. In Las Vegas, Sunrise Children’s Hospital is open day and night to administer superior children’s emergency care.

Abdominal pain
Appendicitis causes abdominal pain that may be very severe. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear a pediatric surgeon explain that the pain might be located in the right-hand part of the abdomen. However, nearby areas may also become painful.

The pain of appendicitis tends to have a rapid onset. It may worsen if the child walks or coughs, and so you may notice your child trying to shuffle in a hunched-over position, perhaps while grasping the belly.

Gastrointestinal distress
In addition to abdominal pain, appendicitis can result in the following digestive issues:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Inability to relieve gas

Typically, children with appendicitis don’t want to eat anything. One major concern is the potential for dehydration. Let the emergency care doctor know if your child has been unable to keep fluids down.

Ruptured appendix
If appendicitis isn’t treated right away, usually with emergency surgery, then the appendix may rupture—a potentially life-threatening complication. Call 911 if you think your child might have a ruptured appendix.

A ruptured appendix can cause the same symptoms as appendicitis. It can also cause:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Weakness
  • Feeling of rectal fullness
Call 911 or take your child to the children’s emergency care team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital if you think he or she is having a serious health issue. Our highly trained team of pediatric specialists understands the unique needs of our young patients, and can help your child feel well again quickly. For general information about our children’s hospital in Las Vegas, call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.

Talk to your teen about healthy relationships

Posted on 2/26/2018

The thought that one’s teen is being mistreated or abused is horrifying for any parent. If you have suspicions that your teen may be in a relationship that involves emotional, physical or sexual abuse, talk to a pediatric specialist right away. Or, call the police department if your teen might be in danger. The pediatricians at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are always here to listen, and to help parents learn how to help their teens build healthy, respectful relationships.

Understand the risks
Every parent and child wants to believe that mistreatment and abuse will never affect their family. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about one in every 10 teens who have dated have also experienced physical or sexual abuse.

Abusive relationships can affect anyone, but teens may be at a higher risk if they:

  • Struggle with depression
  • Have experienced violence previously
  • Have abused drugs or alcohol
  • Have academic problems at school

Teach your teen to recognize unhealthy relationships
It can be tough to have serious conversations with teens. Know that even if your teen appears to not be taking what you say to heart, he or she will still remember it.

An indirect approach may be helpful as an icebreaker. Watch movies with your teen that feature both healthy and unhealthy relationships. Talk about the movies, and point out that a healthy relationship is characterized by:

  • Mutual respect and support
  • Shared decision-making
  • Honest, open conversation

Additionally, both partners should feel free to have friends and enjoy activities outside the company of each other.

Point out the characteristics of unhealthy relationships, such as the following:

  • Decisions are made by just one person
  • There is pressure to withdraw socially from friends and outside interests
  • One partner controls the other’s time and interests
  • There is verbal abuse or threats
  • There is physical abuse, including objects being thrown
  • One partner requires the other to constantly check in with texts or calls

Your teen should also know that unhealthy relationships usually don’t begin that way. At first, the partner may seem caring and loving, but then become gradually more controlling and abusive. Let your teen know that he or she can always come to you for non-judgmental help.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital is your family’s partner in health. We’re here to provide superior care to your children at every stage of their lives, and to support their developmental, psychosocial and medical needs. You can speak with one of our registered nurses in Las Vegas by calling (702) 233-5437.

Signs that your child has low vision

Posted on 2/20/2018

No parent wants to hear that their child has a chronic medical condition or impairment. But the sooner an issue is diagnosed, the sooner pediatric specialists can help the child and the entire family. If you think your child may be struggling with low vision, you should know that the specialists and nurses at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are here to help you. Our multidisciplinary team is uniquely qualified to care for the sensitive physical and emotional needs of our young patients.

Understanding low vision
Refractive errors are quite common. These are eye disorders such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. Low vision is different.

Whereas refractive errors can be corrected with contact lenses or eyeglasses, low vision refers to impairment that can’t be adequately addressed with these devices.

Children with low vision may have problems with one or more of the following areas:

  • Contrast sensitivity

  • Central vision

  • Clear vision

  • Peripheral vision

  • Depth perception

  • Ability to process visual information

Identifying the challenges of diagnosing low vision
It isn’t always easy to detect pediatric impairments, since young children may be unable to communicate their challenges. Other kids might simply assume that their vision is just like everyone else’s.

Avoid relying on school screenings to adequately assess your child’s vision. Instead, take him or her to a pediatric expert who can perform a comprehensive vision exam. Every child needs an eye exam annually—or more often if you notice possible problems.

Signs of pediatric low vision
Any of the following signs may indicate that it’s time for your child to have another comprehensive vision exam. Some of them are behavioral in nature:

  • Frequent blinking

  • Frequent eye rubbing

  • Habit of covering one eye

  • Tilting the head

Other possible signs of low vision in kids are academic in nature:

  • Losing one’s place often while reading

  • Trying to avoid reading and other close work

  • Failing to copy down notes or assignments from the chalkboard

  • Having trouble remembering written information

  • Holding books close to the face

  • Having a short attention span

The developmental, psychosocial and medical needs of your child are our top priorities here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital . We provide comprehensive pediatric care and family support services to help our neighbors in Las Vegas cope with acute and chronic health issues. To speak with a friendly member of our nursing staff, give us a call at (702) 233-5437.

How donating blood can save a child's life

Posted on 2/5/2018

Just like adults, pediatric patients need blood transfusions for a variety of reasons. Usually, donor blood is used because the child has lost too much blood, can’t make enough blood or has a bleeding disorder. Every time you decide to donate blood at a children’s hospital or Red Cross blood drive, you’re making a positive difference in your community that could save lives. During National Blood Donor Month this January, Sunrise Children’s Hospital would like to thank all blood donors throughout Las Vegas who have given the gift of life.

The loss of blood
Children’s emergency care teams may need donor blood to save the lives of children who have suffered severe burn injuries, traumatic wounds or internal bleeding.

Children who need surgery may also need blood transfusions. Occasionally, children and teens are able to donate their own blood, before the procedure, or a family member will donate blood. However, children who undergo surgery may lose more blood than expected, in which case, emergency blood transfusions are needed.

The inability to make enough blood
Inside some bones, like the hips, lies a spongy tissue called bone marrow. This tissue is responsible for producing new blood cells.

Some pediatric patients are affected by bone marrow diseases that prevent this tissue from making enough blood cells or from making normal blood cells. For example, the tissue produces abnormal white blood cells because of leukemia, a type of cancer. In children with aplastic anemia, the bone marrow doesn’t produce red blood cells.

Sometimes, a medical treatment can affect the ability of the bone marrow to make blood, such as chemotherapy. This is why pediatric cancer patients may require blood transfusions.

The complications caused by a bleeding disorder
Blood or bleeding disorders are another reason why children need blood. When you choose to donate blood, your gift may be used to help children with sickle cell disease, hemophilia, von Willebrand disease or thalassemia.

Pediatric patients at Sunrise Children’s Hospital need blood every day. Your donation can save the life of a child in our Trauma Center, Emergency Room, surgery wing or oncology unit. A friendly nurse is available to take your call at (702) 233-5437.

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