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Will your child inherit your risk of breast cancer?

Posted on 10/23/2017

Every parent wants the healthiest possible start in life for their children. If breast cancer runs in your family, it’s natural to feel concerned about your child’s future risk of it. Although breast cancer does tend to run in families, the majority of women who develop it do not have breast cancer in their family medical history. You can always speak with the dedicated healthcare providers at Sunrise Children’s Hospital if you have maternity or pediatric health concerns. We’re here to help.

Family history of breast cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, the percentage of women diagnosed with breast cancer, who also had a family member affected by breast cancer, is less than 15 percent.

However, having a first-degree relative with breast cancer nearly doubles the risk. A first-degree relative is a mother, sister or daughter. If a woman has two first-degree relatives with breast cancer, her risk is increased three-fold.

Gene mutations associated with breast cancer
It’s possible for a child to inherit gene mutations that can increase the likelihood of breast cancer. Most often, hereditary breast cancer is attributed to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. A child can inherit a gene mutation that affects one or both of these genes from either the mother or the father.

The American Cancer Society notes that it’s possible to have these gene mutations and not develop breast cancer. However, about seven out of 10 women with the gene mutations will get breast cancer by age 80.

Although the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are the most impactful and common, other gene mutations may be passed down from parent to child. These genes include:

  • ATM
  • TP53
  • CHEK2
  • PTEN
  • CDH1
  • STK11
  • PALB2

Women who are planning a pregnancy may wish to speak with their doctors about whether genetic counseling might be right for them. Genetic counseling is an evaluation of genetic issues that may be passed down to a child.

Along with our world-class prenatal, labor and delivery care, Sunrise Children’s Hospital is committed to healthcare excellence in pediatric oncology services. As a modern, HCA-affiliated pediatric hospital in Las Vegas, our highly trained specialists follow best practices to give our patients the cutting-edge, family-centered care they deserve. A registered nurse is available at (702) 233-5437 to answer general healthcare questions.

How to protect your child's eyes from lasting damage

Posted on 10/16/2017

Injuries can happen in the blink of an eye, regardless of whether or not a parent is carefully watching the child. While parental supervision is important, your child’s safety also depends on the safety of his or her environment. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our family-focused pediatric specialists welcome questions from parents about preventing eye injuries in children.

Identifying common causes of eye injuries
Eye injuries can be minor, such as a black eye, or severe, resulting in blindness. Many injuries can be prevented. Children’s emergency care doctors identify the following hazards as being common causes of eye injuries:

  • Unsafe toys or misuse of toys
  • Misuse of everyday objects around the house
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals (cleaning products)
  • Car crashes
  • Falls (on stairs and from beds)

Do a safety audit of your home, indoors and outdoors, and try to see common objects from your child’s perspective. Would he or she become curious about the garden shears leaning on the fence? Secure these objects in a safer place.

Improving your child’s safety indoors
The exact steps you’ll take to improve safety at your home will depend on your child’s age and physical abilities. In general, parents can:

  • Install and use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs
  • Install child safety devices on cabinets and drawers
  • Keep sharp objects out of reach of children
  • Keep toxic products out of reach of children
  • Install padding on sharp corners of furniture and fixtures

Toy safety is a major concern for parents. Pediatric specialists recommend choosing toys that are:

  • Labeled for the child’s age range
  • Do not include projectile-firing or airborne components
  • Do not feature sharp points or edges
  • Won’t shatter into small shards
  • Are ASTM-approved

Supporting injury-free outdoor play
Active kids are healthier kids, but injuries can happen at any time. Regular eyeglasses don’t protect your child’s eyes from play-related injuries. If your child plays sports, a pediatric specialist can let you know which type of eye protection he or she needs.

Around the clock, every day of the year, the children’s emergency care team is here for you. Sunrise Children’s Hospital is committed to providing superior medical care delivered by compassionate, comforting specialists who understand the sensitive needs of their young patients. Call 911 if your child has a medical emergency in Las Vegas, or call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437 for general information.

Will your daughter inherit your ovarian cancer risk?

Posted on 9/27/2017

Mothers can instantly turn into protective mama bears when it comes to their children’s health, but not everything is controllable. A child will always inherit her family’s medical history, which may include ovarian cancer. Of course, this doesn’t mean your daughter is bound to develop ovarian cancer. Many people have a family history of cancer, yet don’t develop it themselves. The doctors at Sunrise Children’s Hospital always welcome parents to share their concerns with us. There is nothing more important to us than your child’s health and safety, which is why we offer specialized pediatric care, including cancer care.

Understanding the risk factors of cancer
There are risk factors for every type of cancer, including ovarian. A risk factor is anything that might increase the likelihood of developing a disease. However, some people develop a disease without being at a high risk of it, and others with strong risk factors stay healthy.

Ovarian cancer can run in families. Your daughter’s risk may increase if you were diagnosed with it. Similarly, your risk increases if your daughter is diagnosed.

Assessing cancer in your family history
The risk of getting a disease can be assessed based on the degree of relative that is diagnosed. First-degree relatives are parents, children and siblings, while second-degree relatives are aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents and grandchildren.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer is considered to be strong if she has one or more first-degree or second-degree relatives with ovarian cancer. The risk is also strong if any of the following apply regarding first-or second-degree relatives.

  • Primary cancer of both breasts
  • Triple negative breast cancer in a woman diagnosed at age 60 or younger
  • Women ages 45 or younger diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Breast and ovarian cancer in the same person

Putting a family history of cancer into perspective
It can be upsetting to think about your daughter’s risk of cancer. You might want to talk to her pediatrician about your concerns. Remember that family history is just one risk factor—many other issues can influence cancer risk.

The majority of pediatric cancer cases in Southern Nevada are treated at Pediatric Oncology and Special Services at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our cancer care team is devoted to providing supportive care within a comforting environment for our young patients. You can request a referral to a pediatric specialist in Las Vegas by calling (702) 233-5437.

Does your child have food poisoning?

Posted on 9/22/2017

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and chemicals can all cause food poisoning. Children are particularly vulnerable to developing severe complications of food poisoning, such as dehydration. Because of this, you should be vigilant in monitoring your child when he or she displays possible food poisoning symptoms. If the symptoms are severe or dehydration is a possibility, you can take your child to the pediatric Emergency Room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

Onset of food poisoning symptoms
The onset of symptoms refers to the time it takes for your child to develop symptoms after consuming a contaminated food or beverage. The onset of food poisoning symptoms depends largely on the type of contaminant. Your child may start feeling ill within an hour, within the day or within a few weeks.

Gastrointestinal symptoms of food poisoning
The hallmark sign of food poisoning is gastrointestinal distress. Your child may experience the following problems.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Reduced urine output
  • Stomach pain or cramps

If your child has bloody stool or vomit, he or she needs emergency care right away. Other severe symptoms that should be evaluated by a pediatric doctor include the following:

  • Vomiting that persists longer than 12 hours
  • Very painful cramps that do not resolve after a bowel movement
  • Diarrhea accompanied by a fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Black or maroon stool

Other symptoms of food poisoning
Systemic symptoms are those that affect the whole body. It’s possible for food poisoning to cause the following systemic symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • General weakness
  • Muscle aches and pains

In addition, food poisoning can cause neurological impairment, such as dizziness, visual disturbances, headaches and seizures.

Signs of dehydration
Your child is at a higher risk of dehydration while ill because he or she may eliminate excessive amounts of fluids through vomit and diarrhea. Your child may also be unwilling to consume enough fluids. Bring him or her to the children’s hospital if you think he or she is dehydrated, as indicated by these symptoms:

  • Fast breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Decreased urination
  • Darkly colored urine
  • Confusion

When your child isn’t feeling well, you can trust children’s emergency care doctors to help him or her feel better quickly. Sunrise Children’s Hospital has the largest Emergency Room in Las Vegas devoted entirely to pediatrics. Call (702) 233-5437 if you have general, non-emergent questions for our registered nurse.

Baby safety guidelines for every parent to know

Posted on 9/16/2017

September is Baby Safety Month, and this year, the theme focuses on using safety straps properly in all sorts of baby gear. In the U.S., thousands of children are rushed to the hospital each day because of injuries sustained in a fall. Knowing the right way to use safety straps is essential for protecting your baby. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, child safety is always on our mind. Come in and chat with our pediatric specialists about your healthcare concerns.

Using a safe car seat
Your baby should ride in a rear-facing car seat at least until he or she is two years old, but preferably until your baby reaches the maximum height and weight limits for that seat. Usually, babies outgrow their first car seat by about eight or nine months. At that time, you can use a convertible car seat that can be set up as rear-facing, and then later converted to forward-facing.

Forward-facing car seats should have a five-point harness. All car seat straps should fit snugly across your child, but not be so tight that they press into your child’s body.

Using a stroller properly
All strollers must have safety straps. Even if your baby will only be in the stroller for a few minutes, you should always buckle him or her in securely. Use all of the available safety straps, not just one or two of them.

Wearing a baby carrier
Baby-wearing is a great way to bond with your little one. Choose a well-made carrier with adjustable, sturdy straps. Always follow the manufacturer’s weight and age recommendations, and check the carrier for signs of damage before each use.

Using swings and bouncers
Baby swings and bouncers are a popular way to keep infants calm and entertained. After placing your baby into the seat, keep one hand on him or her at all times until you’ve secured the harness. Five-point harnesses are preferable.

A serious accident can affect even the most vigilant family. The pediatric emergency care specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are always on hand to give kids the superior, compassionate care they deserve. Call 911 for emergency care in Las Vegas, or call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437 for general information only.

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