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Understanding your high-risk pregnancy

Posted on 1/19/2018

Every pregnancy proceeds a little differently, and some require more medical attention than others. Your doctor may inform you that you have a high-risk pregnancy due to pre-existing maternal conditions, or to conditions that develop after you become pregnant. It can be intimidating to hear that you and your baby will need extra care, but at Sunrise Children’s Hospital our compassionate providers are always here to help.

Reasons for a high-risk pregnancy
There are dozens of reasons why an expecting mother might have a high-risk pregnancy. Medical conditions that can cause this include:

  • Lupus
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Mental health disorders
  • Substance abuse

Other potential reasons for a high-risk pregnancy include being pregnant with multiples and being of an advanced maternal age.

Steps to take for a healthy pregnancy
Despite being designated as having a high-risk pregnancy, you and your doctor can still manage these challenges effectively. Many women and babies facing this dilemma do not experience significant complications.

Your doctor will develop a prenatal care plan that fits your specific health needs. Generally, women with a high-risk pregnancy are advised to:

  • Attend more frequent prenatal care appointments
  • Receive more frequent ultrasounds
  • Undergo additional screening or diagnostic tests
  • Adjust current medications or take new medications
  • Monitor their weight gain carefully
  • Follow a doctor-approved physical activity program
  • Work with a registered dietician on a healthy meal plan

Ways a high-risk pregnancy may affect labor
Some women with high-risk pregnancies may go into labor before their estimated due date. Babies who are born prematurely need extra care in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. Here, your baby will receive around the clock monitoring and care until he or she is well enough to return home with you.

Another issue to be aware of is the potential for a cesarean section, or C-section. This is a surgical birth, rather than a vaginal birth. If you need to deliver via C-section, this procedure might be planned ahead of time or performed on an emergency basis.

Women with high-risk pregnancies will find superior care and extensive support at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. Our Level III NICU brings together a talented team of specially trained neonatal intensive care nurses, developmental specialists and board-certified neonatologists—all of whom continually strive for healthcare excellence. For general information about our NICU hospital, call (702) 233-5437.

How does pediatric surgery differ from surgery for adults?

Posted on 1/12/2018

Surgery teams at children’s hospitals undergo extensive training in order to safely perform procedures on pediatric patients. There are considerable differences between pediatric and adult surgery, and you can hear about some of them when you watch the accompanying video. It features a pediatric general surgeon at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. He explains that parents can expect a compassionate, family-centered approach to pediatric surgery.

Surgery preparation
Mentally competent adults who are planning to have surgery will go into this situation knowing exactly what’s being done, why it’s necessary and what they can expect. It isn’t this simple to explain a surgery to a child.

This is one reason why dedicated children’s hospitals have Child Life Specialists on staff. A Child Life Specialist can work directly with children and their siblings, providing age-appropriate information in a way that reassures them.

An anesthesiologist administers medications to make the patient unconscious during the surgery. Placing a child under anesthesia is different than it is for adults. Children are smaller, weigh less and respond to medications differently.

Children also have smaller airways than adults. This is significant because pediatric anesthesiologists must have the proper training and equipment to manage smaller airways during surgery.

Furthermore, a pediatric surgery patient’s urine output, heart rate and blood pressure must be monitored during the procedure. These values will be different for kids than for adults.

Family involvement
Pediatric surgery specialists don’t just treat the child—they also provide care for the entire family. They understand that a child’s surgery is a major, nerve-wracking event for parents. As a result, the surgery team goes the extra mile to ensure the family has been well-prepared and has access to needed resources.

Pain management
Post-operative pain assessment is a challenge for pediatric surgeons, primarily because children and adolescents may lack the ability to accurately describe what they’re feeling. Doctors and nurses must balance the need for good pain control with the need to limit the potential side effects of powerful pain relievers.

A Child Life Specialist can also play a role in a child’s pain management. He or she can help kids learn how to describe the intensity and type of pain they’re experiencing. Child Life Specialists can also help patients and parents use drug-free pain management techniques to complement the medications.

As an HCA affiliate, Sunrise Children’s Hospital maintains an unwavering commitment to healthcare excellence. Our pediatric surgeons, nurses and Child Life Specialists are genuinely compassionate individuals who work tirelessly toward giving each patient the best possible outcome. You can request a referral to a pediatric surgeon in Las Vegas by calling a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.

Thyroid issues commonly diagnosed in children

Posted on 1/8/2018

Your child’s thyroid produces important hormones. These hormones are needed to regulate blood pressure, metabolism, heart rate and body temperature. They also play a role in brain development and growth of young children. A thyroid disorder occurs when this gland can no longer produce the right amount of hormones. This might sound alarming, but pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help treat these disorders.

One common pediatric thyroid disorder is hypothyroidism, where the gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism can cause children to have the following signs and symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Cool body temperature
  • Brittle hair
  • Dry, pale skin
  • Slow growth
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Facial puffiness
  • Muscle cramps

Although children with hypothyroidism may gain weight more easily, the disorder isn’t usually the cause of overweight and obesity.

To treat hypothyroidism, pediatric endocrinologists will usually recommend thyroid hormone replacement pills.

Children with hyperthyroidism have the opposite problem of those with hypothyroidism. With this disorder, the thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone. Most often, it’s the result of Graves’ disease, which is an autoimmune condition.

Parents and teachers of affected children often notice that they experience significantly impaired concentration abilities and rapid, disorganized thought patterns. Other possible signs and symptoms can include the following:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Double vision
  • Red, swollen and bulging eyes
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss, despite an increased appetite
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Irritability or nervousness
  • Excessive sweating

Additionally, infants with hyperthyroidism might have problems breathing. This can be caused by excessive pressure on the windpipe due to the enlargement of the thyroid gland.

Thyroid nodules
The thyroid gland, which is located at the base of the front of the neck, may sometimes develop a firm lump called a thyroid nodule. Nodules are sometimes visible and palpable. In most cases, they are not cancerous.

When a thyroid nodule isn’t cancerous and isn’t causing problems, the patient may not need treatment. If it grows, the pediatric specialist might recommend the surgical removal of half of the gland.

In the event a nodule is cancerous, the typical treatment is the removal of the entire gland.

Your child’s health is precious. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, nothing is more important to us than providing superior, family-centered healthcare that enables children to lead happy, productive lives. Call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437 to request a referral to a specialist at our children’s hospital.

When to take your child to the ER for an orthopedic injury

Posted on 12/26/2017

Kids love to run, jump and climb, but testing the limits of their physical abilities can result in injuries. You can treat minor bumps and bruises at home with basic first aid supplies and a hug. But when your child needs medical attention, you can count on the children’s emergency care team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our physicians and specialists will help your little one feel better quickly.

When a body part looks disfigured
If your child has taken a tumble and is showing signs of discomfort, check the injured body part to see if it looks normal. The pediatric orthopedist in the accompanying video explains that possible disfigurement definitely necessitates a trip to the ER.

Bone fractures are among the most common pediatric emergencies. When kids fall down on the playground, they usually do so with their arms outstretched. This is a natural instinct to break the fall, but it can result in a wrist or elbow fracture.

Not all bone fractures result in a visible deformity. Take your child to the ER if he or she has:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Pain

When your child has problems using a body part
Difficulty using a body part or placing weight on it can indicate a bone fracture, but in some cases, it may be a sprain instead. A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched too far.

Sprains aren’t terribly common in young children, as the ligaments generally have greater strength than the nearby body parts. When they do occur, the ankles, knees and wrists are most often affected.

The symptoms of a sprain are similar to those of a fracture:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty using the body part
  • Difficulty putting weight on the body part

When your child has been bitten by an animal
Another common orthopedic emergency is animal bites. A pediatric doctor should evaluate your child if he or she sustains a bite from a dog, other domesticated animal or wild animal. Even if the teeth did not break the skin, it’s possible that the underlying tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles sustained damage.

A pediatric orthopedist can evaluate your child for musculoskeletal trauma. Your child may also need a tetanus and/or rabies shot.

Family-centered emergency care is available 24/7, every day of the year at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our pediatric specialists in Las Vegas are compassionate and highly trained individuals who understand the unique physical and emotional needs of our young patients. Call 911 for true medical emergencies, or call our hospital at (702) 233-5437 for general information.

Teach your children why handwashing is so important

Posted on 12/15/2017

Along with getting your child vaccinated, teaching him or her how and when to wash their hands is an effective way to guard against illnesses. Handwashing is important for everyone, but especially so for children since they tend to put their fingers in their mouths. Young kids are also generally more willing to touch potentially dirty objects than adults. If you’re having trouble convincing your little one to wash his or her hands, talk to a pediatric physician at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We’re always here to help.

Singing a song
Singing the “Happy Birthday” song is a common technique parents and daycare providers use to convince kids to wash their hands. Your child will need to sing it twice to get to the recommended 20 seconds. Alternatively, sing the ABCs with your child to reinforce literacy skills and encourage cleanliness.

Using a handwashing chart
Just about every parent of a young child is familiar with the concept of motivational charts and stickers. Create a large chart that displays the times at which your child should wash his or her hands. Give your child a gold star each time he or she washes up without having to be reminded.

If your child is still working on learning how to read, use pictures instead of words on the chart. These pictures or words should indicate washing up:

  • After going to the bathroom
  • Before eating
  • After petting animals
  • After sneezing or coughing
  • After returning home from school

Applying glitter to your child’s hands
Some parents dread glitter because it gets everywhere, but this characteristic will help teach kids about the importance of handwashing. Shake some glitter on your child’s hands. If you have multiple children, use a different color of glitter for each.

Have your children shake hands, and walk around touching various objects or doing simple activities. After a few minutes, point out all the places where the glitter ended up.

Talk about how germs are like glitter, because they easily transfer from place to place. Then, have your children scrub the glitter off their hands to teach them about the effort required to thoroughly wash up.

Patient-focused, superior care is our top priority here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our pediatric specialists in Las Vegas provide a comprehensive range of family medicine and specialty services, including emergency care, heart care and cancer care. You can get in touch with a registered nurse at our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437.

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