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Should you be worried about stress in your child?

Posted on 4/13/2017

Just like adults, children experience stress and its unhealthy consequences. However, they might not always recognize that stress is the reason they aren’t feeling well. Furthermore, children often lack the coping skills necessary to deal with stress in a positive way. Sunrise Children’s Hospital places a high priority on the emotional health of our young patients and their families. Our children’s hospital in Las Vegas offers extensive patient support services, including guidance on coping skills.

Understanding the sources of childhood stress

Children can experience stress from all sorts of sources. Overscheduled kids can easily become overwhelmed by their time commitments. Kids feel stress from peer pressure, sibling relationships, academic expectations and distressing world news. They pick up on the stress of their parents, which affects them just as much as their own stress. Children also experience severe stress from divorce, death, domestic violence and severe illnesses. If your child is hospitalized, he or she will have sensitive emotional needs. A pediatric specialist can help your child and his or her siblings cope with the challenges of hospitalization.

Identifying the signs of childhood stress

Stress can look different in children than adults. Since your child might not be able to clearly articulate his or her worries, it’s necessary to assess the external signs of stress. Some physical changes that stress can cause include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Upset stomach
  • Nightmares
  • New or recurrent bedwetting
  • Vague physical complaints with no known cause

You might also notice behavioral or emotional changes in your child, such as the following:

  • Inability to relax
  • Excessive worrying
  • Clinginess
  • New or recurrent fears
  • Inability to control emotions
  • Unusual aggressiveness or stubbornness
  • Withdrawal from usual activities

It’s distressing to witness a child experience these problems, but a pediatric specialist can help your whole family cope with adverse situations.

At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our dedication to superior care is reflected in all that we do. We understand that a visit to our children’s hospital can be stressful, which is why we invite families to work with a Child Life specialist, who offers emotional support and coping education. For the answers to your questions about our children’s hospital services in Las Vegas, you can connect with a nurse at (702) 233-5437.

Seeking care for pediatric tumors

Posted on 4/10/2017

There are significant differences between pediatric cancer and cancer in adults. Childhood cancers aren’t significantly influenced by lifestyle choices and environmental factors, for instance. Children’s bodies can also respond differently to cancer treatments. If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s crucial to turn to childhood cancer specialists, such as Pediatric Oncology and Special Services at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

Surgery to remove tumors in children

When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a pediatric surgeon at Sunrise Children’s Hospital discuss the surgical removal of tumors in children. He explains that when the cancer does involve a solid mass tumor, surgery is often the primary treatment. The goal of the pediatric surgeon is to remove the entire tumor while leaving as much of the healthy tissue as possible. Some children have cancer that does not form a solid tumor, such as leukemia and lymphoma. These children might still be referred to a pediatric surgeon, who can place a port to be used for chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy for pediatric cancer

Most pediatric cancers respond better to chemotherapy drugs compared to adult tumors. The average child can also tolerate chemo better than the body of the average adult. However, chemo can still cause serious short-term and long-term side effects, which means the patient will need follow-up evaluations periodically for his or her lifetime. During chemotherapy, a child’s immune system won’t be as effective at fighting off infections. To reduce the child’s exposure to germs, it may be necessary to keep him or her out of school for a while. Alternative education options are available, which parents can explore with the help of a social worker.

Radiation therapy for pediatric cancer

Radiation therapy is painless, but it can cause short-term and long-term side effects. It might also be frightening for young children. If your child’s oncologist recommends radiation therapy, ask if you and your child can tour the facility before the treatment. Seeing the treatment area in advance may help calm your child’s nerves.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers more than just sophisticated, specialized cancer treatments for young patients. At our children’s hospital in Las Vegas, it’s our mission to give children and families extensive emotional support and coping education. Call a nurse at (702) 233-5437 to discuss our pediatric cancer care or Child Life services.

Be Aware of These Common Pediatric Eye Injuries

Posted on 3/30/2017

If you’ve childproofed your home and provided your kids with the necessary sports safety gear, you’ve already taken important steps toward preventing unexpected visits to the children’s hospital. But, as every parent knows all too well, kids have a knack for getting themselves into unsafe situations. If your child sustains an eye injury, the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help him or her feel better quickly.

Eye Contusions

Eye contusions are the same as black eyes. These highly visible bruises develop within 24 hours of a blow to the eye area. The area may be swollen, tender, and painful. An emergency care physician should evaluate the child to determine if the eye itself has been injured. If so, antibiotic eye drops may be prescribed to prevent an infection. Otherwise, the doctor will likely recommend gently applying an ice pack wrapped in a soft towel.

Foreign Objects

It’s common for kids and adults alike to get an eyelash in the eye every once in a while. But sometimes, foreign particulate matter such as sand or grit may become lodged in the eye. Instruct your child not to rub the eyes. Ask him or her to blink several times to try to flush the object out. Your child needs emergency care if any of the following apply:

  • The foreign object is a chemical.
  • It struck the eye with a high speed.
  • It is stuck on the eye.
  • The child’s vision is affected.
  • The child continues to experience pain after the object has been washed out.

If a foreign object is stuck on or into the eye, do not attempt to remove it. Instead, call 911.

Chemical Burns

If a child gets household cleaning products or any other type of chemical in the eyes, it should be assumed that he or she needs emergency care. Chemical burns can lead to vision loss unless they are treated promptly. The 911 dispatcher may ask you to flush your child’s eyes with clean water or sterile saline solution while you wait for the ambulance.

The emergency care doctors at Sunrise Children’s Hospital provide rapid responses to children with serious medical problems like eye injuries. If your little one is in need of emergency care in the Las Vegas area, please call 911 without delay. Non-emergent questions about our pediatric services can be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.

Dog Safety Guidelines for Your Household

Posted on 3/27/2017

Dog Safety Guidelines for Your Household

Taking care of a family pet is an excellent way for children to become more responsible and empathetic, but it’s important for parents to be mindful of the potential risks. Even the gentlest of canines can inadvertently cause serious injuries that require intensive care in a children’s hospital. Establishing and enforcing some simple guidelines can help keep everyone safe from dog-related injuries. If an accident does occur, the children’s emergency care team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is available around the clock.

Dog Training

Obedience training is a must for dogs in households with children. Kids can easily sustain serious injuries if overly enthusiastic dogs jump on them and knock them over. They can sustain fall-related injuries, and hand and wrist trauma while walking dogs that are too large for the kids to control. A dog may suddenly take off after a squirrel, which can make the child fall. If the leash is wrapped around the child’s hand, the bones and soft tissues can sustain substantial damage. Obedience classes can help prevent these injuries. It’s also essential to get your dog spayed or neutered, and to socialize your dog properly to prevent dog attacks that require emergency care.

Child Education

Emergency care doctors treat children for dog bites more frequently than adults. This can be partially attributed to children’s behavior around canines, which may be interpreted as threatening by the dog. Give your child frequent reminders not to approach unfamiliar dogs without parental and owner permission. When a dog is approachable, your child should walk slowly toward him or her before holding out the back of the hand for the dog to sniff. Teach your child to pet very gently and to back away if the dog looks upset.

Adult Supervision

The most impactful way to prevent dog-related injuries is to require adult supervision at all times when young children are near dogs. A responsible adult can remind the child how to behave near the dog, and separate the dog from the child when needed.

The safety and well-being of our young patients are our highest priorities here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. In addition to our high-quality children’s emergency care and non-emergent pediatrics, we offer Child Life services to help kids feel at ease in the hospital setting. Please direct medical emergencies to 911, but non-emergent healthcare questions may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.

Should You Dial 9-1-1 or Drive Your Child to the ER?

Posted on 3/24/2017

Young kids tend to assume that their parents have all the answers, but quite often, it’s difficult to know what to do when a medical emergency occurs. There are many situations in which you could drive your child to the ER, but potentially life-threatening problems are not among them. When you call 911, the children’s hospital can send out emergency care responders to give your child life-saving care before he or she reaches the hospital. Here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, we urge parents to err on the side of caution and activate emergency services when a child’s health is in jeopardy.

Call 911 if respiratory distress occurs.

Respiratory distress refers to trouble breathing, which is always a medical emergency. Respiratory distress can be caused by an asthma attack, allergic reaction, choking, or pneumonia. Emergency responders can give your child oxygen while transporting him or her to the children’s hospital.

Drive to the ER for minor broken bones.

Kids tend to play as though they were invincible and unfortunately, this often results in broken bones. In many cases, parents can drive their kids to the ER for broken bones. If the child is unconscious or appears dazed, has also sustained head trauma, experiences excruciating pain, or the bone is visible, then you should call 911 instead.

Call 911 if the child is not responsive.

There are many reasons why a child may lose consciousness and not respond to attempts to rouse him or her. Parents should assume that this is a medical emergency that requires a call to 911. Unresponsiveness can be the result of a serious infection, severe dehydration, head trauma, or poisoning.

Drive to the ER for sutures.

If your child has sustained a wound that you suspect will require stitches, you can generally drive to the ER. If possible, have someone else drive so that you can keep pressure on the wound. If the wound is bleeding severely, you are unable to stop the bleeding with pressure, or your child has a bleeding disorder, it’s time to call 911.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital is pleased to offer our dedicated neonate and pediatric ambulance to facilitate rapid emergency care to children in the Las Vegas area. If your child is experiencing a serious medical problem, please don’t hesitate to call 911. Parents can contact our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437 only for non-emergent questions.

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