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How to Relieve Your Child's Sunburn

Posted on 7/28/2016

Summertime in the Las Vegas area means plenty of sunshine and high temperatures. Sunburn occurs when the skin is damaged through prolonged or excessive exposure to the sun’s rays, which contain damaging UV radiation. If your child has developed a sunburn, there are several at-home remedies you can use to relieve his discomfort. Serious sunburns or sunburns that occur concurrently with heat exhaustion or heat stroke should be seen by a children’s emergency care provider immediately. Otherwise, follow these simple tips.

Keep Your Child Hydrated

Sunburns can be associated with dehydration, which can quickly escalate into a serious health concern for children. Keeping your child hydrated with water, juice, and sports drinks can help to prevent dehydration and improve comfort by hydrating the body and the skin.

Apply Lotion to Your Child’s Skin

Applying a moisturizing lotion or calamine lotion to your child’s skin can help to relieve the pain of a sunburn. However, don’t use lotions with antihistamines, hydrocortisone, or benzocaine unless directed by your pediatrician. Rather than rubbing lotion into your child’s skin, dab it gently on the affected areas.

Dress Your Child in Loose Clothing

Tight clothing can irritate sunburned skin. Dressing your child in light, loose-fitting clothing will help to keep him cool and comfortable while his sunburn heals. You should also take steps to protect your child's skin from the sun during the healing process—hats and long-sleeved clothing will allow the skin to heal without allowing the burn to grow worse with added sun exposure.

Sunburns aren’t an inevitability of fun in the sun. Applying a child-safe sunscreen with SPF 15-30 every two hours can prevent the redness, discomfort, and other complications associated with sunburn in children. If you have more questions about sunburn or summertime health, please call Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse line today at (702) 233-5437. You can also find more information about our children’s hospital in Las Vegas when you visit us online.

Safely Traveling on the Road with Your Baby

Posted on 7/25/2016

Whether you’re preparing for a family road trip or simply planning to run to the store, car safety is important for your baby. Your pediatric physician can help you determine the best practices and products for your child’s needs to ensure he always rides safely and securely while on the road.

Use a Car Seat

The advent and use of seat belts have drastically reduced the number of injuries and deaths associated with automobile accidents. However, babies cannot sit in passenger seats or use seat belts because these tools are not an effective and safe way to prevent an injury during an accident for a small child. Newborns and infants should be placed in a rear-facing car seat in the backseat of your vehicle. Always use the straps or harness to secure your baby in his seat, even for short drives, and make sure the seat itself is secured properly using your vehicle’s seat belts in compliance with the seat’s user manual.

Leave Yourself Reminders

Children should never be left in a parked car, even on a temperate day. Vehicle-related heat stroke is a serious risk to your child’s health and can occur quickly inside a parked vehicle. Many heat stroke deaths are accidental—thus, it’s vital to leave yourself a reminder that your child is traveling in the car with you. Placing your cell phone or purse in the backseat ensures that you won’t leave the vehicle without seeing your child’s car seat as well. Alternatively, consider leaving a toy on your passenger seat or in a cup holder so you’ll remember to check the backseat when you see it.

Staying safe on the road with your baby is easy when you have the right tools and information. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we have the resources and the healthcare services to promote better health and wellness for your child at every age. Please visit us on the web to learn more about our children’s hospital and emergency care services in Las Vegas, or call (702) 233-5437 for a physician referral.

What Are the Possible Causes of Diarrhea in Your Child?

Posted on 7/21/2016

Diarrhea is a common condition that may have many causes. While a minor bout of diarrhea can be handled with home care, prolonged or severe diarrhea can quickly cause dehydration in children. If you are concerned about the severity of your child’s diarrhea or believe he may be dehydrated, it’s important to seek prompt pediatric care in Las Vegas. Below you can get a look at some of the reasons your child may be suffering from diarrhea.

Viral Diseases

One of the most common causes of acute diarrhea in children is a viral disease. Viral gastroenteritis is caused by Rotavirus and is a highly contagious and extremely common condition that causes diarrhea within 12-48 hours of contraction. This virus can also cause vomiting, fever, chills, abdominal cramps, and headaches. Rotavirus is most common during the wintertime, but a vaccine is available to protect your child’s health.

Bacterial and Parasitic Infections

During the summer, bacterial infections are the most common cause of pediatric diarrhea. Bacterial infections may be contracted through improperly prepared or contaminated food, and include E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella. Parasitic infections can be contracted through contact with contaminated water. In fact, Giardia is the most common parasitic cause of diarrhea in children. While home care and regular hydration are typically the best treatments for children with bacterial or parasitic diarrhea, medications such as antibiotics may be recommended in some cases.

Food Intolerances

Food intolerances occur when the body has difficulty digesting a certain food. This condition differs from a food allergy in that it does not trigger an immune system response, and instead, generally causes symptoms associated with indigestion. In some cases, food intolerances can lead to diarrhea, particularly lactose intolerance. If your child seems to suffer from chronic diarrhea with no acute cause, his condition may instead be linked to his diet.

At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we are pleased to offer comprehensive pediatrics in Las Vegas, including children’s emergency care and outpatient services. You can find out more about our children’s hospital and how to treat common the most common childhood diseases on our website or by calling (702) 233-5437.

What to Do When Your Child Is Experiencing Constipation

Posted on 6/27/2016

Constipation is a common problem in children, and in most cases, it does not cause for alarm. However, there are times when constipation does not resolve with home remedies and your child needs to see a pediatrics specialist for care. If your child is experiencing constipation, here is what you need to know.

Recognize the Symptoms

Often, kids will report to their parents that they are experiencing pain when they are going to the bathroom, which can be the first indicator of constipation. Passing hard stools may be painful to your child, which suggests he or she is constipated. In some cases, children who are constipated actually seem to have diarrhea, as liquid waste moves around a blockage that is associated with constipation. In other instances, you may notice on your own that your child seems to be going to the bathroom less. This may be caused by withholding stool, which occurs when your child attempts to avoid having a bowel movement, often because of a previously painful experience. Withholding stool triggers a painful cycle of constipation.

Consider Dietary Remedies

If your child complains of constipation, often making a few simple dietary changes can help. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water, and serve a high-fiber diet that includes whole grains, beans, and probiotic yogurts. Frequently, making these dietary changes will ease constipation and encourage a healthier digestive process.

Talk to a Pediatrician

A pediatrics specialist should evaluate constipation that doesn’t respond to dietary treatments or that recurs. Dr. Howard Baron of Sunrise Children’s Hospital explains in this video that treatment for constipation for children should begin in the primary care pediatrician’s office, who may then order a referral to a pediatrics gastroenterologist as needed. Doctors may suggest stool softeners, laxatives, or in severe cases, an enema, to help kids with persistent constipation get well.

Parents can rely on the care their kids get from Sunrise Children’s Hospital, from basic preventative pediatrics in Las Vegas to children’s emergency care. If you’re concerned about your child’s symptoms, call us at (702) 233-5437 to speak to a nurse and ask for a physician referral.

How to Ensure a Stress-Free Visit to the ER

Posted on 6/20/2016

Going to the children’s hospital for emergency care is something every parent dreads. However, you can make this overwhelming situation a little more manageable by taking a few small steps to ensure your visit goes as smoothly as possible. When it’s necessary to seek emergency care for your child, keep this advice in mind to minimize the stress surrounding your visit.

Be Prepared

ER visits tend to be less stressful if you prepare for them well before you know you’ll need one. Create medical records for every member of your family that includes information about current medications, allergies, pre-existing health conditions, and the dates of past surgeries or major medical procedures. Print paper records to store at home and in your care, or keep the records on your phone. To provide the best emergency care, the medical providers will need to know this information, so gather it when things are calm instead of trying to cobble it together in the face of an emergency.

Pack a Bag

In some emergencies, you don’t have time to stop and pack things for your visit, but when time allows, doing so can make the visit easier on everyone involved. Grab your child’s favorite toy or blanket plus some things to keep him or her occupied while you wait, such as coloring books or small games. If you have to bring siblings, be sure you pack things to keep everyone occupied and tension at a minimum.

Lead the Way

Although seeing your child experiencing a medical emergency can be traumatic for parents, your child will be looking to you to gauge how upset or fearful he or she should be. Be calm and confident, and your child will follow suit. Your visible anxiety will increase your child’s fear as well as that of his or her siblings, so demonstrate your trust in the hospital to help your kids feel secure.

As a dedicated provider of children’s emergency care in Las Vegas, Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers specialized care tailored to young patients and their families. Find out how we can put your mind at ease when your kids need medical care by calling our children’s hospital today at (702) 233-5437.

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