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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.

Falls
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.

Burns
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.

Cuts
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.

Common Rashes and Skin Problems Seen in the Pediatric ER

Posted on 11/29/2016

There are many skin disorders that can affect pediatric patients. The appearance of a rash on your child might be alarming, but the pediatric specialists at the emergency care department can quickly figure out the cause of the problem and recommend effective treatment options. If your family is in the Las Vegas area, you can rely on Sunrise Children’s Hospital to provide high-quality emergency care on a 24/7 basis.

Diaper Rash
If your baby has bright red skin on his or her bottom, diaper rash could be the culprit. Diaper rash can usually be treated at home, although new parents might consider bringing the baby to the pediatric ER if they have never seen diaper rash before. Additionally, a baby should be evaluated by a pediatrician if the rash doesn’t resolve after a few days, appears severe or atypical, is accompanied by a fever, or bleeds or oozes. To prevent and treat diaper rash, parents should change the baby’s diaper promptly when it becomes soiled and keep the baby’s skin clean and dry. Daily bathing and over-the-counter diaper rash products can be helpful, although a pediatrician may be consulted before using any products on the baby for the first time.

Fifth Disease
Fifth disease, also known as erythema infectiosum, is caused by a parvovirus. Usually, the illness first presents with a headache, fever, and runny nose. After a few days, the child may display a red rash on the face, which may be followed by a rash on the torso or limbs. Emergency medicine physicians can recommend treatments to improve the child’s comfort while the illness runs its course.

Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is a common type of eczema that often develops in infancy. It is generally indicated by red, dry, itchy patches of skin. The itching can be intense, possibly causing aggressive and frequent scratching. Excessive scratching can result in blisters and oozing, crusting sores. For children with eczema, pediatricians may prescribed medicated creams and recommend changes to the child’s skin care routine.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital features the largest pediatric emergency care facility in the Las Vegas area. From newborns to teens, our emergency care team treats patients with all sorts of medical emergencies. If your child has a medical emergency, call 911 right away. A registered nurse at our children’s hospital can answer non-emergent inquiries at (702) 233-5437.


What Is the Impact of Lung Cancer on Children?

Posted on 11/23/2016

Lung cancer is primarily triggered by toxins such as those found in cigarette smoke. Because of this, lung cancer is rare in pediatric patients. When a child is diagnosed with lung cancer at a children’s hospital, it is usually a secondary tumor of the lungs. This means that the cancer originated elsewhere and spread to the lungs. Primary lung tumors are quite rare, as you’ll learn when you watch this featured video presented by a pediatric pulmonologist at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.

Effects of the Disease
Lung cancer is a complex disease that can affect pediatric patients in many ways. The direct effects of childhood cancer can be seen in the symptoms it causes. Bronchial tumors, which may be benign or malignant, can cause the following symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Impaired breathing
  • Spitting up blood
  • Frequent respiratory infections

Pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) is a rare primary lung cancer known as soft tissue sarcoma. The signs and symptoms of PPB can vary based on the child’s age and whether he or she has Type I, II, or III PPB. Children under the age of two who have Type I PPB tend to display the symptoms of respiratory distress, including abnormal and difficult breathing. Children older than age two who have Types II or III PPB tend to experience general symptoms such as the following:

  • Fatigue/low energy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficult breathing

Effects of Cancer Treatments
At a children’s hospital that provides specialized cancer care, children are given the treatments that can help them survive their diagnosis. But often, cancer treatments can cause side effects. These side effects vary widely, depending on the specific treatment that is used. Before administering any cancer treatments, oncologists thoroughly explain the potential risks and benefits.

Effects of Hospitalization
Children’s hospitals try to make hospitalization a positive experience for children, but it’s to be expected that young cancer patients would experience anxieties related to their hospitalizations. A prolonged stay at a children’s hospital may lead to symptoms of stress, including sleep disturbances, bedwetting, and fearfulness. A children’s hospital may connect families to Child Life specialists who can help.

Childhood cancer requires specialized care, which families will find at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. Our Pediatric Oncology and Special Services offers a continuum of care to families, including Child Life services to help young patients cope with the emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5437 to request a referral to a specialist at our children’s hospital.


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