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Countdown to Halloween: General Halloween Safety Tips from Sunrise Children's Hospital

Posted on 10/26/2011

  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.

Trick Or Treating Safely


Countdown to Halloween: Keep it Healthy | Halloween Tips from Sunrise Children's Hospital

Posted on 10/23/2011

Healthy Halloween

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped, or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month - October 2011

Posted on 10/20/2011

Focus on SIDS

The month of October is designated as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, helping to provide education on one of the leading causes of death in children of less than one year of age. Consider this overview on sudden infant death syndrome to learn more.

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, refers to the unexplained death of a child who is less than one year of age, although SIDS usually occurs when infants are between 2 to 4 months old. According to SUID/SIDS Resource Center, a total of 2,453 deaths were attributed to SIDS in 2007. And while the number of SIDS deaths per year has declined on average since then, SIDS is still a large factor in the total number of infant deaths per year in the United States.

Causes
While the exact cause of SIDS is unknown, research shows that some of the potential causes may include:

  • Abnormalities in heart rhythm control
  • Abnormalities in the section of the brain that controls an infant’s breathing during sleep and waking
  • Changes in components of the immune system
  • Changes in how serotonin functions within the brain
  • Poor arousal response to asphyxia or breathing obstructions

Risk Factors
There are several factors that may increase an infant’s risk of SIDS, including:

  • Low birth weight
  • Premature birth
  • Delayed fetal growth
  • History of an acute life-threatening event or a SIDS death in a sibling
  • Previous incidents of unexplained severe apnea
  • Sleeping on the stomach or side
  • Smoking during pregnancy or around infants
  • Opiate, cocaine, or alcohol use during pregnancy
  • History of urinary tract infection or anemia while pregnant
  • Late or lack of prenatal care
  • Overheating

Treatment
It is crucial to seek emergency medical care as soon as it is discovered that an infant is not breathing. CPR should be started immediately and care should still be sought even if the infant begins breathing again. It is crucial for the cause of the incident to be fully evaluated as well.

Whether your infant is in need of children’s emergency care, heart care, or general pediatric services, Sunrise Children's Hospital is here to help. Contact us at (702) 731-5437 for more information.


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month - October 2011

Posted on 10/20/2011

Focus on SIDS

The month of October is designated as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, helping to provide education on one of the leading causes of death in children of less than one year of age. Consider this overview on sudden infant death syndrome to learn more.

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, refers to the unexplained death of a child who is less than one year of age, although SIDS usually occurs when infants are between 2 to 4 months old. According to SUID/SIDS Resource Center, a total of 2,453 deaths were attributed to SIDS in 2007. And while the number of SIDS deaths per year has declined on average since then, SIDS is still a large factor in the total number of infant deaths per year in the United States.

Causes
While the exact cause of SIDS is unknown, research shows that some of the potential causes may include:

  • Abnormalities in heart rhythm control
  • Abnormalities in the section of the brain that controls an infant’s breathing during sleep and waking
  • Changes in components of the immune system
  • Changes in how serotonin functions within the brain
  • Poor arousal response to asphyxia or breathing obstructions

Risk Factors
There are several factors that may increase an infant’s risk of SIDS, including:

  • Low birth weight
  • Premature birth
  • Delayed fetal growth
  • History of an acute life-threatening event or a SIDS death in a sibling
  • Previous incidents of unexplained severe apnea
  • Sleeping on the stomach or side
  • Smoking during pregnancy or around infants
  • Opiate, cocaine, or alcohol use during pregnancy
  • History of urinary tract infection or anemia while pregnant
  • Late or lack of prenatal care
  • Overheating

Treatment
It is crucial to seek emergency medical care as soon as it is discovered that an infant is not breathing. CPR should be started immediately and care should still be sought even if the infant begins breathing again. It is crucial for the cause of the incident to be fully evaluated as well.

Whether your infant is in need of children’s emergency care, heart care, or general pediatric services, Sunrise Children's Hospital is here to help. Contact us at (702) 731-5437 for more information.


Retinopathy of Prematurity

Posted on 10/13/2011

Premature babies are at higher risk for a number of debilitating health conditions. In fact, studies show that approximately 15,000 premature infants suffer from retinopathy in the United States.

In this video from the National Eye Institute, we take a closer look at retinopathy in premature babies. Retinopathy occurs when the retinal blood vessels are underdeveloped or fail to grow to the far edge of the retina. This ultimately causes the blood vessels to grow in the wrong direction and can lead to scar tissue, which can, in turn, cause retinal detachment and blindness. Learn more in this full clip.

Sunrise Children's Hospital has been serving Las Vegas children and their families for over 30 years. For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (702) 731-5437.


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