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5 Ways to Stay Prepared for Household Emergencies

Posted on 5/23/2016

It’s impossible to predict when a household emergency will occur, which is why parents should be prepared for them to happen at any time. In case children require more than minor first aid at home, the children’s emergency care team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is always available to assist families in Las Vegas.

Talk about Emergency Services

Most children can learn to dial 911 at about the age of four. However, they must first be taught exactly what qualifies as an emergency. It’s also a good idea to talk to children about not trying to hide from emergency responders. In addition to teaching children about 911 services, parents should post lists of important numbers in a prominent place. These include numbers for the poison control center, pediatrician, and children’s hospital, as well as emergency contact information for all family members.

Prioritize Fire Safety

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are basic essentials for every household, but not every family remembers to check the batteries every month and to change the batteries every six months. Additionally, it’s wise to have a fire safety plan. Talk with your kids about what they should do if something in the house ignites.

Build a First Aid Kit

A first aid kit can help families handle a range of minor medical problems, from bee stings to cuts. Every first aid kit should include sterile bandages, a thermometer, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream, hydrocortisone cream, and an instant cold compress.

Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Training in CPR is highly recommended. CPR involves administering a combination of rapid chest compressions and rescue breaths. CPR can save the life of a person who is no longer breathing or displaying a pulse. Expectant parents can learn how to safely perform CPR on young children and older children by taking a CPR course.

Consider Special Needs

If your child has special needs, your emergency preparedness plan may include additional measures, such as preventing or responding to wandering. For instance, you could talk to your neighbors about your child’s tendency to wander and how they should respond if they see your child by him or herself.

When your child requires emergency care in the Las Vegas area, you can turn to Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We are a full-service children’s hospital that provides sensitive care for everything from minor injuries to life-threatening internal trauma. If your child requires emergency care, please call 911 now; otherwise, you can contact a registered nurse at our children’s hospital by calling (702) 233-5437.


Staying Healthy During Summer Camping Trips

Posted on 5/16/2016

Outdoor play is an essential component of healthy child development, and camping trips, in particular, are a wonderful way to get back in touch with nature. If you’re planning a camping trip with your kids this summer, take a few minutes to plan for emergencies and consider how best to prevent potential problems. In case any medical issues do arise during your trip, it’s a good idea to know where the nearest children’s hospital is, such as the children’s emergency care unit of Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.

Bringing Important Gear

Even if your camping trip will only last a few days, bringing protective gear is a must. Your family will need sunscreen, lip balm with sunscreen, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hats to prevent sunburn. Be sure to also bring along rain gear, insect repellent, extra batteries, prescription medications, first aid supplies, a GPS, and maps.

Drinking Safe Water

Contaminated water can result in serious illnesses. If your camping trip will be short, you may be able to bring enough bottled water for your needs. Remember that you’ll need clean water for cooking and washing your hands, as well as for drinking. Additionally, you can bring along a water filtration system that has a chemical disinfectant.

Preparing Safe Foods

Make sure perishable foods are kept properly chilled. Cook your meals to the appropriate internal temperature. It may be easiest and safest to bring non-perishable items such as peanut butter, granola bars, and trail mix. Dried foods are also ideal for longer camping trips. These include rice, beans, and pasta.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning doesn’t only occur in homes. It may also occur on camping trips if you bring along gas stoves, heaters, or lanterns. Never use these items inside an enclosed space such as a tent or camper.

The children’s emergency care team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital would like to wish our neighbors a safe and happy summer. If an accident does occur during a camping trip, families in the Las Vegas area can count on our top-notch children’s hospital to provide comprehensive and compassionate care. Please call 911 for medical emergencies; non-emergent inquiries about our children’s hospital may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.


Is High Blood Pressure a Problem for Children?

Posted on 5/9/2016

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, isn’t only a problem for adults. It’s possible for children and even infants to be affected by this cardiovascular problem. In newborns, high blood pressure may be caused by congenital conditions that require surgery at a children’s hospital. In older children, the culprit may be lifestyle issues. Here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our pediatrics team understands that parents of children with cardiovascular problems need answers and effective solutions. Our children’s hospital in Las Vegas provides these through our commitment to healthcare excellence.

Neonatal Hypertension

In infants, very high blood pressure may sometimes be indicated by respiratory distress, seizures, or vomiting. In most cases, however, hypertension causes no symptoms. Instead, infants may only display symptoms of the condition that is causing hypertension. These signs may include bluish skin, rapid breathing, and pale skin. Neonatal hypertension may be caused by a blood clot in a blood vessel of the kidneys, which can be a complication of an umbilical catheter. In other cases, the infant may have congenital cardiac or kidney birth defects, such as renal artery stenosis, coarctation of the aorta, or bronchopulmonary dysplasia. The correct treatment depends on the cause and may include medications, dialysis, or surgery.

Pediatric Hypertension

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that more than half of cases of high blood pressure in children ages seven and older is the result of obesity. This percentage rises to 85 to 95 percent by adolescence. A pediatrician can work closely with parents to help children lose excess weight while ensuring that they still meet the body’s nutritional needs. Dietary changes and regular exercise can help manage pediatric hypertension. In severe cases, the child may need to take medications.

The Heart Care Program at Sunrise Children’s Hospital brings together sophisticated medical technology with the personal touch of family-centered care. In addition to caring for children with cardiovascular conditions, our children’s hospital in Las Vegas features a state-of-the-art NICU, emergency care unit, and oncology department. Parents can reach our children’s hospital by calling (702) 233-5437.


How to Prevent Asthma from Interrupting Your Child's Springtime Recreation

Posted on 4/25/2016

When your child has asthma, managing it is a constant focus of attention. However, spring can be a particularly difficult time for kids with asthma, especially if they are among the 70 percent of children with asthma who have allergies. If your child has asthma, you can take steps to help prevent springtime asthma flare-ups that require emergency care and leave your child sidelined. Follow these tips to minimize the impact of asthma on your child this spring.

Review Your Child’s Treatment Plan

Meet with your child’s pediatric specialist to review his or her treatment plan before spring symptoms become worse. If you are satisfied that your treatment plan is adequate and the pediatrician doesn’t want to make any changes, then be sure your child takes all medications as prescribed. Getting off track in the asthma treatment plan can allow your child’s symptoms to worsen quickly.

Be Proactive About Allergies

The reason that asthma tends to get worse in the spring is the onslaught of pollen and other allergens in the air. If your child has springtime allergies, his or her pediatric specialist may recommend medications to control those symptoms before they flare up. Keep in mind that pollen tends to be at its highest concentration in the early to mid-morning hours, so restrict outdoor activity during that time as much as possible. After your child has been outside for an extended period, encourage him or her to shower and put his or her clothing in the laundry to rinse off allergens that are clinging to skin, hair, and fabric.

Have an Emergency Plan

Before your child experiences a worsening of symptoms or an asthma attack, have an action plan. Make sure your child knows where his or her rescue inhaler is and that everyone responsible for your child’s care does as well. Know which hospital you will go to when you need children’s emergency care so you can act quickly for a severe attack.

At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we offer emergency care in Las Vegas and pediatric specialists in pulmonology to make living with asthma just a little easier for kids. Do you need a referral to one of our physicians for your child? Call (702) 233-5437 for more information.


A Look at the Immunizations Your Child Needs Early in Life

Posted on 4/18/2016

Immunizations are one of the most important preventative healthcare steps you can take for your child. These vaccines help your child avoid dangerous medical problems that could cause the need for emergency care and children’s hospital stays. Most of the immunizations children need to begin early in life. Your pediatrics specialist will review your child’s specific needs with you, but in honor of April’s World Immunization Week, here is a look at some of the most common immunizations children receive at a young age.

DTaP

The DTaP vaccine protects against three diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. This vaccine can be given as early as two months and requires three doses within months two through six and then a booster dose after 15 months. The diseases that this vaccine protects against have dangerous histories. Diphtheria was responsible for 15,000 deaths annually in the U.S. before there was a vaccine while tetanus kills one in 10 people who are infected. Pertussis is extremely dangerous for babies and can cause pneumonia, seizures, and death.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a dangerous condition that can cause liver damage and increase the risk of liver cancer. Children can receive their first Hepatitis B vaccine at birth and then again between one and two months and six and 18 months. Your child’s first hepatitis B shot may be given in the children’s hospital after birth or at your first appointment with your pediatric specialist.

Polio

Polio is a devastating illness that causes paralysis and death. Although the vaccine has essentially eradicated it in the U.S., it is still present in other countries, and people traveling to those countries can bring it back to the U.S. and cause outbreaks in unvaccinated people. The polio vaccine protects children from the disease and can be administered at two months, with periodic booster doses through age six.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital is committed to your child’s wellbeing at every stage of his or her development. Call us to today and request a referral to one of our pediatric specialists in Las Vegas who can help build a healthy foundation for your little one. Dial (702) 233-5437 to speak to a staff member.


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