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The Parents' Guide to Healthy Holiday Eating

Posted on 11/23/2015

When children learn the right eating habits early in life, they are less likely to suffer from obesity and related health problems later on. Through the holiday season, it can be easy to let your family’s eating get out of control with high calorie meals and excess sweets, but it is important to keep these bad habits in check to reduce holiday weight gain and set the right example for your kids. Here’s a look at the essential steps in maintaining good health during the holidays with better dietary choices.

Limit holiday sweets

While cookies and candy are iconic fixtures of the holiday season, you should indulge in moderation and encourage your children to do the same. To curb candy consumption, try giving your child non-edible stocking stuffers like stickers or temporary tattoos instead of sweets. You might also make sure that healthy snacks are made readily available at holiday events so that your child is not tempted to fill up on empty calories.

Make healthy substitutions at the dinner table

At large holiday meals and regular family dinners alike, there are many simple ways to boost the nutritional value of your seasonal favorites. Most savory dishes can easily have veggies added, and swapping out full-fat ingredients for low-fat yogurt, milk, and cheese can make a big difference in the calorie count of any meal.

Keep portion sizes small

Portion size is another important consideration for the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving. Be sure to teach your child to fill his or her plate with vegetables and fruit, leaving only small sections for less nutritious choices like potatoes, meat, and stuffing. You should also encourage your child to only take small servings and go back for seconds later, rather than taking a big plate of food to start.

For more holiday health and safety tips for the whole family, connect with Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. You can reach us on our website or by calling (702) 233-5437.

Traveling Safely with Your Kids for the Holidays

Posted on 11/16/2015

If you are planning a family vacation for the holiday season, you will need to take some extra steps to ensure the safety and comfort of your kids when you travel. There are special considerations for kids when traveling by both car and plane, and this article will discuss the details of each to ensure safe trips all season long.

Travel by car

Whether you are taking a day trip or extended road trip for the holidays, the most important component of car safety for kids is a proper car seat or booster seat for older children. When you do take long trips with kids in the car, you may need to pull over for more frequent rest stops, since kids need to stretch and use the bathroom more often. It is also a good idea to keep books, pillows, and small toys in the car to keep your child busy so that he or she does not get fussy for the long ride.

Travel by plane

Before going to the airport, you should explain to your child the process of going through airport security and riding on a plane. This will help ease any anxieties your child might have in the hectic environment of the airport, though you might still plan to show up early to ensure that there is plenty of time to get through security, since the process may generally take longer with kids. On the plane, young children may be seated in car safety seats. During the descent, you might offer your child some comfort from ear pain and pressure with a bottle for infants or chewing gum for older kids.

As you prepare for the holiday season with your family, stay connected with Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. You can reach us for health and safety tips, physician referrals, and information about hospital events by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5437.

How to Tell Whether Your Child Has a Cold or Flu

Posted on 11/13/2015

The common cold (rhinovirus) and the seasonal flu (influenza) have many characteristics in common—including many of their symptoms—but they are different illnesses that will require varying levels of care. Generally, the cold is less severe than the flu, and it will not typically cause complications or lead to hospital visits. Alternatively, the flu can be quite serious for children, and it may lead to other health problems without early care with anti-viral medication prescribed by the pediatrician. Below, you will see some of the ways to distinguish between these two illnesses so that you are able to seek the right care for your child.

Onset of symptoms

Typically flu symptoms will appear suddenly, while a cold may develop more gradually over a few days. Early symptoms of a cold may include a cough or sore throat that worsens over two to three days. Flu symptoms might include sudden coughing, sore throat, nasal congestion, decreased appetite, and fatigue.

Presence of fever

While fever may be present with a cold or flu, it is more likely to see a high grade fever in children with the flu. With a cold, your child might only have a low grade fever or no fever at all.

Severity of aches and pains

The flu may be more debilitating for a child, because it will cause more frequent headaches and body aches. Your child might also have the chills and generally have difficulty getting comfortable with the flu.

When your child needs emergency care for flu complications, you can count on the kid-friendly pediatric ER at Sunrise Children’s Hospital to provide immediate care with low wait times. You can also rely on our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for physician referrals and answers to your health questions throughout cold and flu season. To speak with one of our registered nurses anytime, day or night, call (702) 233-5437.

What Parents Should Know About Kids and Fractures

Posted on 10/26/2015

Children have a sense of adventure that allows them to discover the world around them, but this adventurous spirit can also lead to injuries like sprains and bone fractures. Because kids still have developing bones, they are at a higher risk for fractures than adults, so these injuries are a common cause for visits to the pediatric emergency room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Below, you will get a closer look at the facts you should know as a parent about children and their risk for bone fractures.

Fractures should be treated in the ER

While most fractures seen in children are greenstick and bend fractures in which the bone does not break completely, it is still important to have the broken bone diagnosed and set properly. Without the right care, even the most minor fractures could lead to long-term orthopedic complications.

The signs of a fracture may not always be clear

You will want to play it safe by visiting the ER for any orthopedic injury, because it may not always be clear what type of injury has taken place. The ER staff will take X-rays to diagnose the injury correctly and put on a cast when needed. As you head to the emergency room, you might wrap the injured area in an improvised sling or homemade cast to immobilize the injury and prevent further damage.

Some fractures may require annual follow-up care

There is one type of fracture that is unique to children in which the growth plates at the ends of the bone sustain damage. Because these fractures occur in growing areas of the skeleton, they may require extensive follow-up care with a pediatric orthopedic specialist. Damage of this nature may take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to appear on an X-ray, so your pediatrician may recommend an annual checkup to reassess the injury.

At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, you can find comprehensive care for your child after a broken bone with a dedicated pediatric ER, orthopedic care, and rehabilitation services. To learn more about our hospital and the care we provide for young patients in Las Vegas, give us a call at (702) 233-5437.

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Car

Posted on 10/12/2015

As the holiday season approaches, you might begin to plan road trips with the family, which may serve as a reminder to brush up on some car safety basics for kids. This article will take a look at some of the essential guidelines to keep in mind for a safe trip every time your kids are in the car.

Invest in the right car seat

Children should be in car seats in the back seat of the car until age 13, since seatbelts will not provide adequate restraint in a car accident when children are still growing. It is important to know when to transition from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing model, and eventually to a booster seat. Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you identify the right seat for your child and be sure that it is installed properly at regular Car Seat Checkup events at our Las Vegas campus.

Always wear seatbelts

Seatbelts are a necessity for car safety, so you should lead by example and always wear a seatbelt, even on short rides. By teaching your child the right seatbelt habits from an early age, you can feel safe knowing that your child will continue smart seatbelt use when he or she is driving as a teen.

Provide quiet distractions for kids

Long car rides may not only make kids cranky, but it can cause children to have distracting outbursts that take your attention off the road. To keep your kids busy and quiet in the car, bring along books, small toys, or handheld games that will let you focus on the road instead of the backseat.

Stay prepared with an emergency kit

An important aspect of car safety is preparedness for roadside emergencies. Keeping non-perishable snacks, bottled water, and a first aid kit handy will ensure that you can stay safe in the car while you wait for assistance after an accident or breakdown.

To get answers to your safety questions or learn about upcoming Safe Kids events at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, call us today at (702) 233-5437.

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