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Preparing Your Teen for Her First Gynecologic Visit

Posted on 9/19/2016

As children grow older, it’s important that they begin to learn how to navigate the healthcare system. Handing over certain healthcare responsibilities to your daughter and acknowledging that she has a confidential relationship with her pediatrician are essential steps to raising a young adult with healthcare literacy. When it’s time for your daughter’s first gynecologic visit, you can put your trust in Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.

Explain what your teen can expect at the appointment.

It’s perfectly normal for teens to experience a little anxiety before going to the children’s hospital for a first gynecologic appointment. Often, this anxiety is attributable to a lack of understanding about what to expect. Explain to your daughter that the initial visit primarily consists of a discussion between her and her doctor. Her doctor will ask lots of questions about her health history and family health history, including questions about her typical menstrual period and sexual activity. Your daughter can also expect to receive a general physical exam, which includes a check of her vital signs and an evaluation of any symptoms she’s experiencing. Sometimes, an external genital exam is included at the first gynecologic visit, although pelvic exams are usually not performed at this time unless atypical symptoms are present.

Help your teen feel at ease.

At this stage in your daughter’s life, it’s quite possible that she’s experiencing heightened self-consciousness about her body. Reassure your daughter that doctors are respectful, compassionate professionals who have already seen everything there is to see about the human body. Remind your daughter that the patient-doctor relationship is strictly confidential and that the most important thing is for her to be completely honest with her doctor about her health, including sexual activity.

Make suggestions for what she might want to discuss.

Your teen’s first gynecologic appointment is a good opportunity for her to get the answers to the questions that she may be too embarrassed to ask you about. Let your daughter know that she can ask the doctor about anything—from mood swings to acne to weight.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital has been serving the healthcare needs of families in Las Vegas for more than three decades. At our children’s hospital, you’ll find a comprehensive range of care-from high-risk pregnancy prenatal care to preventive pediatrics to children’s emergency care. If you have a general healthcare question, you can speak with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.

A Look at the Treatment of Childhood Cancers

Posted on 9/17/2016

Pediatric cancer is often very different from cancer in adults. However, the primary treatment modalities remain the same. A pediatric oncologist at Sunrise Children’s Hospital will carefully evaluate the stage and type of cancer in each patient to develop an appropriate treatment plan. For many young patients at our children’s hospital in Las Vegas, this treatment plan will include multiple types of treatment as well as support services.


Watch this featured video to hear a pediatric surgeon at Sunrise Children’s Hospital discuss the role of surgery in oncology cases. He explains that the surgical removal of the tumor is often an appropriate option for children with solid mass tumors. During cancer surgery, the goal is to remove all of the tumor or as much of it as possible, while preserving the normal function of the affected body part. In some cases, pediatric patients may later undergo reconstructive surgeries.


Compared to cancer in adults, cancer in children tends to grow rapidly. While this sounds alarming, it actually means that pediatric oncology patients tend to respond very well to chemotherapy because these anti-cancer drugs tend to target rapidly growing cells. Chemotherapy is often recommended in combination with cancer surgery if the cancer has formed a solid mass tumor. When chemotherapy is administered after the surgery, it serves to destroy any lingering cancer cells in the body.

Radiation Therapy

Like chemotherapy, radiation therapy may be performed along with cancer surgery and/or chemotherapy. When performed before surgery, radiation therapy serves to shrink the size of the tumor. Radiation therapy can even be performed during surgery to target the cancer directly and bypass the skin. This is known as intraoperative radiation.

Follow-Up Care

Regardless of the types of treatment that were used for a child, he or she will require long-term follow-up care. Certain types of cancer treatment may increase the likelihood of developing other cancers later on. The patient’s lifetime of follow-up care includes regular blood tests and check-ups.

Pediatric Oncology and Special Services at Sunrise Children’s Hospital encompasses a continuum of care for young patients and their families. The multidisciplinary team at our children’s hospital in Las Vegas treats the majority of all pediatric oncology cases in Southern Nevada. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5437 if you have a general question about the services available at our children’s hospital or if you would like to request a referral to a specialist in pediatrics.

Helping Your Child Manage Food Allergies

Posted on 9/13/2016

Millions of children in the U.S. have at least one food allergy. Some of the most common are eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, and peanut allergies. Sometimes, kids can outgrow certain food allergies, while other food allergies last for a lifetime. Since the exposure to an allergen has the potential to trigger anaphylaxis—a life-threatening reaction—practicing strict avoidance of the allergen is crucial. And because accidents can happen at any time, it’s a good idea to know the location of the nearest children’s emergency care department in Las Vegas. Here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our specialists in pediatrics can help your family learn how to safely manage your child’s food allergies.

At Home

Using age-appropriate language, teach your child about the importance of avoiding “unsafe food” and eating only “safe food.” Try not to scare your child, but do emphasize that unsafe food can make him or her very sick. For optimum management of food allergies, it may be necessary for everyone in the family to follow a modified diet and avoid bringing the allergen into the home. While grocery shopping, you should check food labels carefully. Manufacturers are required to inform consumers if the food product contains an allergen or may have been cross-contaminated during manufacturing. If your child has multiple food allergies, preparing healthy meals can be challenging. Consider working with a pediatric nutritionist.

At School

Your child’s school should be informed of the food allergy. The school should establish a written emergency action plan for the prevention, recognition, and management of food allergies. This includes having at least two units of auto-injector epinephrine on hand for every child with a food allergy.

At Play

Your child will need to have access to an auto-injector of epinephrine everywhere he or she goes, including to friends’ houses. When your child meets a new friend, be sure to contact the parents and explain your child’s food allergy. Emphasize the importance of keeping the allergen away from your child and preventing cross-contamination. The friend’s parents should also be given a demonstration of how to use an auto-injector if a serious allergic reaction occurs.

If your child does suffer an adverse reaction to food, the children’s emergency care team is always available at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Families in the Las Vegas area are urged to call 911 in the event of a serious medical emergency. For non-emergent inquiries about our children’s hospital, you can speak with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.

Trampolines Pose Concussion Risk for Kids and Teens

Posted on 8/29/2016

Trampolines are a common sight in many family backyards, and are often associated with harmless play and even healthy physical activity. However, trampolines are also responsible for thousands of injuries to children and teens each year, which range from bumps and bruises to head injuries that require diagnostic imaging and emergency care. Keep reading to learn more about the risk that trampolines pose to your child and how to encourage safer play this summer.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of brain injury that occurs following a blow to the head. Concussions are a common injury associated with trampolines and can occur in many ways when a child falls off the trampoline; if he lands on his head while jumping or flipping, or if his head connects with the frame, he may sustain a concussion. A concussion is a serious injury that is best evaluated by a pediatric care provider as soon as possible—if your child has hit his head and is displaying symptoms of a concussion; taking him to the pediatric ER is the best next step.

How Can I Protect My Children?

While the best way to protect your child from trampoline-related concussions is to keep him off trampolines, you can encourage safe and healthy play if you choose to allow him this opportunity. First, always make sure any trampoline your child uses is stable and in good repair. Second, never allow your child to jump without adult supervision and make sure only one person uses the trampoline at a time, regardless of its size. Third, set ground rules regarding acrobatics and flips that disallow your child from performing somersaults, which could cause him to inadvertently land on his head.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital wants to keep your child happy, safe, and well this year and every year. Our children’s hospital serving Las Vegas offers services that include general pediatrics, children’s emergency care, and specialized healthcare services such as daVinci Robotic Surgery and pediatric cancer care. You can find out more about us and our commitment to community health and safety on the web or by calling (702) 233-5437.

Encourage Your Teen to Practice Safer Driving By Not Texting Behind the Wheel

Posted on 8/22/2016

Giving your teen the keys to the car can be a stressful experience, but there are many ways to help your child follow safer driving practices when you can’t be present to watch him. Distracted driving sends more than 1,000 people to the emergency room each year, but fortunately, this serious driving danger is preventable. Talking to your teen about texting and driving is the best way to prevent him from taking part in this common driving behavior that could put his health and safety at risk.

Have a Discussion

The very first and often most effective step in addressing distracted driving is talking to your teen. Making sure your child understands that texting while driving is dangerous and setting ground rules that carry serious consequences will help your teen better comprehend the severity of this type of behavior.

Block Texting Capabilities

If you are still concerned about texting and driving, there are several apps that make texting impossible from behind the wheel. While some apps will read messages or allow for canned responses, the best apps to completely prevent distracted driving are those that turn off texting capabilities altogether while the car is in motion.

Take Responsibility for Your Texts

The American Psychological Association found that more than 50% of teens who text while driving are actually responding to their parents. Teens often feel that if they don’t respond to parents immediately, their silence will garner greater concern. Thus, taking responsibility for your texts and holding off on hitting “send” when you know your child is likely behind the wheel can eliminate this possibility to actively protect your child.

At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our children’s hospital offers comprehensive pediatrics and children’s emergency care in Las Vegas to protect your child’s health and wellness as he grows. You can learn more about keeping your child safe on the road and during other everyday activities when you visit our website to check out our community resources; you can also reach us for more information about our pediatric services by phone at (702) 233-5437.

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