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For more than three decades, Sunrise Children’s Hospital has been Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.

Why Your Child Needs Dedicated Pediatric Care

Posted on 2/27/2017

Children have special medical needs that are different from those of adults. When your child isn’t feeling well, you need to know that he or she is being well taken care of by highly trained pediatric clinicians. That’s why Sunrise Children’s Hospital is on a mission to care for the well-being of children in our community. In fact, we are the only dedicated children’s hospital in the Las Vegas area. Our focus on children’s health allows us to provide the specialized care and support services they need.

Specialized Training
When you take your child to a children’s hospital, you can rest assured that every doctor who sees your child has received specialized pediatric training. Children’s hospitals bring together highly trained pediatricians, pediatric emergency medicine doctors, pediatric nurses, and other professionals who have an in-depth understanding of the unique health issues that affect young patients.

Pediatric Medical Equipment
You might be surprised to learn that not every healthcare facility is fully equipped with child-sized medical equipment. A children’s hospital has the right equipment for children of all ages, ranging from pediatric hospital beds to special pressure cuffs.

Worry-Free Setting
It’s difficult enough to watch a child cope with pain and other symptoms. Families shouldn’t have the added burden of a stressful hospital visit. When you take your child to a specialized pediatric care location, he or she will be soothed by the colorful, child-friendly décor and positive ambience.

Child-Centered Support
Children often have difficulty understanding what’s happening during a diagnostic test or treatment. Their siblings may also express negative emotions about the situation. At a children’s hospital, families can work with Child Life Specialists. These professionals are specially trained in putting young patients at ease and using age-appropriate language to explain hospital procedures. Child Life Specialists can also provide support for the young patient’s siblings.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital features the largest dedicated children’s emergency care department in Las Vegas. Our pediatric specialists work closely with parents to provide family-centered care. If you would like more information about the unique care our children’s hospital provides, you can call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.

What to Remember When Giving Your Child Medication

Posted on 2/19/2017

No parent wants to see their child struggle with an illness. Although medications can sometimes help your child feel well again, they are not without certain risks. These include the risks of drug interactions, overdoses, and side effects. You can protect your child with help from the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.

OTC Medicines
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available in formulations designed specifically for children. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your child’s pediatrician before administering any OTC drugs. Some drugs should never be given to children, such as aspirin, and others should only be given to children of a certain age or weight. Your pediatrician can let you know which medicines are safe to give your child and in what dosages.

Giving your child too much of a medicine can be harmful and it won’t help him or her feel better more quickly. Check and double-check the dosage instructions before administering a medicine. For liquid medicines, use the provided medicine cup or other tool. For example, if you’re giving your child one tablespoon of medicine, use the medicine cup or a measuring spoon, rather than an ordinary kitchen spoon. Write down the time when you administered the dosage and avoid giving the next dosage too early.

Drug Interactions
It’s possible for certain medications to interact with each other. These include prescription and OTC drugs, as well as supplements. Before giving your child a new prescription or OTC medicine, ask the doctor or pharmacist if there is a risk of a drug interaction with your child’s current medicines.

Safety Issues
Before purchasing a medication, check the exterior packaging for any signs of damage. Do not purchase drugs with damaged packaging. At home, double-check the label to make sure it’s the correct medicine for your child. The drug’s lid or seal should not be broken. When in doubt, ask a pharmacist for guidance or call your pediatrician.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital is your family’s partner in wellness. Our children’s hospital is proud to serve families throughout the Las Vegas area with exceptional pediatric services, including emergency care. If you have a general healthcare question, you can call a registered nurse at our hospital at (702) 233-5437.

Pediatric Care Through EMS and ER Staff

Posted on 2/17/2017

When medical emergencies affect young patients, parents may be reassured by the presence of a dedicated children’s hospital near them. A parent’s first instinct might be to drive the child to the hospital right away, but this might actually not be the best choice. This is because Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams can deliver essential prehospital care while pediatric patients are on route to Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

Coordinated Emergency Response
By calling 911 when a medical emergency develops, parents automatically activate the local EMS system. EMS systems are comprised of transportation networks, communication hubs, hospitals, paramedics, and other emergency care providers. As soon as EMS arrives on the scene, the paramedics can quickly evaluate the child’s medical problem, check vital signs, and administer certain interventions as needed, including supplemental oxygen and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). EMS can transport children to the ER much more quickly than parents can. Plus, EMS personnel contact the hospital ahead of the patient’s arrival. This allows the appropriate medical providers to assemble and begin treating the patient as soon as he or she arrives. When a child is in critical condition, seconds count.

Specialized Pediatric Transport
Many communities lack specialized pediatric transport for young patients. Families in the Las Vegas area, however, can receive exceptional services thanks to the partnership of the Sunrise Children’s Hospital Transport Team and MedicWest. This partnership gives our community access to a specially designed, dedicated pediatric and neonate ambulance. This unique ambulance transports high-risk patients who need critical care. It features specialized medical equipment and it’s staffed by specially trained emergency responders who are available 24/7. Our specialized pediatric and neonate transport service enables our young patients to continuously receive the care they need. It bridges the gap between the arrival of EMS on the scene and the patient’s arrival at the hospital.

In the Las Vegas area, the largest emergency care facility dedicated to pediatrics is available at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our emergency care providers coordinate with EMS systems to provide medical care for more than 50,000 young patients each year. If your child requires emergency care, please call 911 right away; otherwise, non-emergent inquiries may be directed to (702) 233-5437.

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.

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