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Flu and Other Viruses That Can Affect Your Child in the Winter

Posted on 2/16/2017

Even if your family enjoys the mild winter season in Las Vegas, you may still be affected by one of the many viruses that typically makes the rounds this time of year. Influenza, adenovirus, and rotavirus are some examples of infections to watch out for. When your child isn’t feeling well, the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help.

Influenza is an infection caused by flu viruses. Pediatric specialists strongly recommend that all children six months of age and older receive an annual flu shot. Although many adults experience mild cases of the flu and may recover well at home, children are more susceptible to severe symptoms and complications that require emergency care. If your child displays the following severe symptoms of flu, it’s important to call 911 right away.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Fever with a rash
  • No tears when crying
  • Few or no wet diapers
  • Failure to respond or awaken
  • Symptoms that improve, then recur and worsen

Rotavirus is another infection that commonly circulates during the winter months. You can watch this featured video to hear a gastroenterologist at Sunrise Children’s Hospital explain some basic facts about rotavirus. Rotavirus most often affects babies and young children. The symptoms of rotavirus include watery diarrhea (often severe), fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, and loss of appetite. The major concern with rotavirus infections is the possibility of dehydration. A child requires emergency care for dehydration, which may be indicated by decreased urine output, lack of tears when crying, excessive sleepiness and fussiness, and dizziness upon standing.

There are several types of adenoviruses that tend to circulate this time of year. Adenoviruses are usually not serious unless they affect infants. They can also be more serious in children with suppressed immune systems or certain chronic diseases. Adenoviruses can cause respiratory symptoms like runny nose, cough, and sore throat, or intestinal symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. If an adenovirus affects the urinary system, it can cause frequent, painful urination and bloody urine.

If your child is experiencing severe symptoms or related complications, the emergency care team is always available at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our pediatric specialists know how to offer a comforting touch when a hospital visit is stressful for young patients. Parents in the Las Vegas area can call a registered nurse at our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437.

Teach Your Child to Make Healthy New Year's Resolutions That Stick

Posted on 12/27/2016

Adults aren’t the only ones who get inspired to use a new year to turn over a new leaf. Kids often want to follow your lead and make resolutions of their own, and just like adults, they often find them difficult to stick to. If your child wants to make some resolutions for the New Year, there are things you can do to help them make healthy commitments that they can follow for more than a few weeks. Try these strategies to teach your kids healthy ways to make resolutions and to stick with them. Keep in mind that you should check with your child’s pediatrics physician before undertaking any new diet or exercise plans.

Set Realistic Goals
One of the biggest problems adults face when they make resolutions is that they set huge goals that are too lofty to accomplish in the time they allow themselves. Help your child avoid this kind of frustration by helping her set goals that are realistic. For instance, if your child wants make the basketball team but has no experience, a realistic resolution is to practice shooting baskets for 30 minutes four times per week. The feeling of accomplishment of achieving that goal will help your child keep fighting to reach her larger goal of making the team.

Work Together
Even if everyone in your home has different resolutions, you can work together as a team to support each other in your individual goals. If there is overlap between your resolutions, work together to achieve them. Perhaps everyone in your family wants to eat healthier. Get your child involved with picking a new, healthy dish to try each week.

Be a Role Model
Your child will learn how to manage resolutions by watching you. Show your child the importance of commitment by sharing your own resolutions and letting her see you work towards you goal. Likewise, let your child see you put slip-ups into perspective. Don’t beat yourself up for making a misstep in your efforts to stick to your resolution so your child learns that perfection is not realistic.

At Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, our commitment is always to provide your child with the best possible healthcare. We manage high-risk pregnancies and provide both preventative pediatrics care and inpatient treatment for complex conditions. To learn more about our children’s hospital services, please call (702) 233-5437.

Caring for Your Child When They Have a Headache

Posted on 12/19/2016

Headaches are extremely common in kids and teens. In most cases, they can be managed at home, but it may be necessary to consult with a pediatrics specialist or even visit the children’s emergency room if your child experiences chronic or severe headaches. When a headache strikes your child, try these strategies to help them feel better quickly.

Use Warm and Cold Compresses
Both warm and cold compresses can ease headache pain. To use a cold compress, wet a washcloth with cold water or wrap ice in a washcloth. A cool gel pack can also work. Avoid putting ice directly on the skin, as it could cause damage. Alternatively, wet a washcloth with warm water and place it on the head or the neck. Taking a warm shower to loosen tightened neck and shoulder muscles can also ease headache pain.

Give Medication Sparingly
If your child’s pediatrics specialist has said that your little one can have over-the-counter medicines for headaches, try to use them only when necessary. Taking pain medications for headaches too often can cause rebound headaches to occur, starting a cycle of headaches that happen more often and that are increasingly painful. Never give your child aspirin, unless their doctor tells you to do so.

Seek Care for Severe Headaches
If your child does not usually experience headaches but suddenly has a severe one, go to the children’s emergency room for care. You should also seek emergency care if their headache is accompanied by a stiff neck, fever, or vomiting. If your child has frequent headaches, keep a journal of their symptoms and, when the headaches occur, make an appointment with the doctor. The pediatrics specialist can determine the cause of the headaches and provide the necessary treatment.

At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we provide comprehensive care for an array of illnesses and injuries, from our NICU in Las Vegas to outpatient pediatrics care. To request a referral to one of our specialists, please call (702) 233-5437.

Holiday Injuries to Be Aware Of

Posted on 12/15/2016

The malls aren’t the only places that see an increase in business during the holidays. Hospital emergency rooms also get inundated with patients in need of everything from help overcoming food poisoning to treatment for injuries. Keep yourself and your child away from the hospital and the need for emergency care this season with some common sense safety tips that will reduce your risk of injuries. Here are some common injuries that occur during the holidays and what you can do to protect your family.

Decorating can turn dangerous for some people when there are ladders involved. Falls are extremely common causes of injuries during the holidays, typically because of unsafe ladder operation. When you use a ladder, make sure it is on level ground, and always step in the middle of the rungs as you climb it. Avoid the top two rungs, and never attempt to climb a ladder that isn’t fully open and locked into position. Kids should never climb ladders, and anyone going up a ladder should have another adult nearby in case they need help.

Holiday decorating often incorporates candles and hot bulbs, which can easily lead to burns. Children should never be left unsupervised around candles, and bulbs should be out of reach of young children. Don’t use frayed or exposed wires, and be sure candles are kept on a stable, heat-resistant surface.

Young children, in particular, are vulnerable to deep cuts from sharp edges and pointy decorations. Keep breakable decorations about of the reach of young children, and inspect the surfaces of decorations before you use them to ensure that they don’t have parts that could cause lacerations.

If your holidays do include a trip to the emergency room for your child, Sunrise Children’s Hospital provides care around the clock from pediatrics specialists. Get children’s emergency care in Las Vegas or call our hospital at (702) 233-5437 to learn more about rest of our services.

Treating Respiratory Illnesses in Your Child This Winter

Posted on 12/12/2016

Respiratory illnesses are extremely common in children, and pediatrics specialists nearly always see an increase in respiratory complaints during the winter months. Fortunately, many different treatments are available, and most children can recover from respiratory illnesses without significant problems. Here is what you need to know about coping with the respiratory illnesses that could affect your child this winter.

Get an Accurate Diagnosis
The first step in treating a respiratory illness is getting a diagnosis. An array of viral and bacterial infections can impact kids, and asthma is an additional concern when children experience respiratory problems. As Sunrise Children’s Hospital pediatrics pulmonary specialist Dr. Craig Nakamura explains in this video, kids under two are especially vulnerable to an infection called bronchiolitis, which involves the inflammation of the breathing tubes. Your child’s doctor will determine the cause of your child’s respiratory illness before beginning a treatment plan.

Try Home Treatment for Mild Symptoms
If your child’s symptoms are minor, home care may be appropriate. Give your child extra rest and plenty of fluids to reduce the risk of dehydration. A humidifier or vaporizer can ease nasal congestion. Hot water with lemon may soothe your child’s throat. Some over-the-counter medications, including antihistamines, decongestants, and pain medications can be helpful, but consult with your child’s doctor first. Never give a child aspirin, as it could cause a dangerous condition called Reye Syndrome.

Seek Medical Care for Severe Symptoms
If your child’s symptoms are severe or persist for more than 14 days, consider calling the doctor. Your child may have an infection that requires antibiotics or other treatment. If your child has difficulty breathing, go to the children’s emergency room for immediate care.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital is available to give your child the care he or she needs for everything from minor respiratory infections to serious injuries and illnesses. Get more information about our children’s hospital in Las Vegas by calling (702) 233-5437.

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