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Proper Nutrition for Your Child

Posted on 3/6/2012

Children's Nutrition

Instilling proper eating habits while your child is young will not only help to keep your child healthy as he or she grows, but will also translate into a much healthier future as an adult. Unfortunately, today’s children are surrounded by unhealthy fast-food and highly processed meal choices. Help your child to make good choices and stay healthy by learning a little bit more about proper nutrition from the tips below:

  • Make a variety of healthy food options available
    Although your child may have a group of favorite foods, it is important to be sure that they partake in many different types of foods. Eating a variety of healthy, nutrient-rich foods will ensure that your child gets the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that he or she needs.
  • Avoid sugary soft drinks and juices
    When your child is thirsty, his or her body is craving a glass of refreshing, cold water. Encourage your child to choose water (or milk, for the calcium) most often instead of sugary fruit juices, soft drinks, juice cocktails, or sweetened teas.
  • Always remember a healthy breakfast
    Making sure that your child gets a nutritious breakfast each morning will allow him or her to participate in learning and other activities with optimal focus and energy.
  • Be a good role model for healthy eating
    Your child looks up to you as a role model—make sure that you are making healthy choices, too. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet while also staying physically active will not only help you set a good example for your child, but will also keep you looking and feeling great.

If you would like to learn more about proper nutrition for your child, contact the healthcare professionals of Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our staff offers comprehensive pediatric care services to the community of Las Vegas, Nevada. Call us today at (702) 731-5437—we are happy to answer your questions.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Children

Posted on 2/29/2012

Heart Care

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a form of heart muscle disease that occurs due to genetic problems with the structure of the heart muscle. The gene that leads to this condition can be inherited or occurs from changes in a child’s genome. The abnormal structure of the heart muscle causes it to become thick, which makes it more difficult to pump blood to the rest of the body efficiently. This extra strain can lead to the uneven development of the heart muscle and blockages of blood flow through the heart—it can even lead to fatal abnormal arrhythmias.

HCM in children often leads to chest pain, dizziness, light-headedness, and fainting, especially during physical activity. If your doctor suspects that your child may be suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, he or she may suggest a few diagnostic tests to evaluate your child’s heart function. These tests may include a chest x-ray, blood tests, a stress test to see how your child’s heart responds to exercise, the attachment of a heart catheter, or an echocardiography.

Although this condition is not completely curable, it can be managed by controlling symptoms and working to prevent complications associated with the condition. Certain medications may be indicated to help remove excess fluid from the body, easing the strain on the heart muscle. A child with an arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat) may need to take anti-arrhythmic and blood-thinning medicine to prevent the formation of blood clots. In cases when blood flow is blocked, surgery may be necessary to remove the thickened portion of the heart muscle or to repair a damaged heart valve.

Your child may be at risk for HCM if he or she has a closely related family member, such as a parent, sibling, or grandparent, who also has the disease. To find an experienced and compassionate pediatric specialist in the greater Las Vegas area, contact the staff of Sunrise Children’s Hospital by calling (702) 731-5437 today. Our facility offers one of the largest pediatric cardiac care programs in the Southwest, providing healthcare to children throughout the region.

Improving Your Child's Health

Posted on 2/27/2012

According to research performed by the American Heart Association (AHA), today’s children may not live as long as their parents. To combat this unfortunate prediction, AHA is promoting a wide variety of engaging, innovative programs to help children and their families live healthier, more active lives. From cooking to exercise to gardening, these fun programs can help children to improve their heart health and commit to a life of good habits.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s health or how he or she can work to improve their health for the future, contact the staff of Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437. Our healthcare team is committed to the continued health of the children in our community.

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