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Know What Triggers Your Child's Asthma

Posted on 2/8/2012

Asthma attacks cause swelling of the airways, reducing the amount of air that can pass into the lungs. These attacks are common in children and can be caused by dust, pet dander, chilly air, chemicals in food or air, mold, pollen, tobacco smoke, the common cold, or simply by being too stressed. If you have a child with asthma, you should familiarize yourself with the triggers that cause attacks. Learn more about the common asthma attack triggers by watching this video.

If you have any remaining questions about how your child’s health can be affected by asthma, let Sunrise Children’s Hospital be your resource. Contact our friendly staff at (702) 731-5437 or visit our website for more information.

Sunrise Children's Hospital was very excited to host eight members of the Denver Broncos football team!

Posted on 2/8/2012

Tim Tebow and his offensive line visited patients, family members and visitors on the pediatric, pediatric intensive care, pediatric oncology and neonatal intensive care units. Thanks to the team for spending so much time and encouraging our patients and their loved ones.

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Could Your Child Have Diabetes?

Posted on 2/3/2012


Sugar is the fuel of the body. Our cells use it to make the energy that moves our muscles and powers our other organs. In order to move sugar into each cell, the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that allows the glucose molecule to enter a cell and be converted to energy. Type 1 diabetes mellitus, also known as juvenile-onset diabetes, occurs when the body does not make enough insulin. Without this essential hormone, the sugar from the food your child eats cannot enter the cells and remains in the blood, resulting in dangerously high blood glucose levels. Over time, this can result in severe damage to his or her heart, eyes, nerves, and almost every other part of the body.

Caused by an auto-immune attack on the pancreas, this disease usually arises around the age of four and reaches its peak at the ages of 11 to 13. Type 1 diabetes is more common in males than in females and is more often seen in children that experienced obesity during childhood. The symptoms that are typically seen in a child with diabetes include:

  • Irritability
  • Increased urination
  • Increased thirst (can be extreme)
  • Excessive hunger
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches

Unfortunately, the pancreatic cells can be destroyed so quickly that ketoacidosis may be the first sign of diabetes in your child. Vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, dehydration, drowsiness, abnormally deep and fast breathing, dry skin and mouth, fruity breath odor, rapid pulse, or coma can all be signs of ketoacidosis.

If you notice any of the signs of diabetes in yourself or your child, consider consulting your physician. To learn more about how a diabetes diagnosis can affect your family, let Sunrise Children’s Hospital help. Our experienced professionals provide diabetes education and nutritional services for children living with the condition. Learn more about our hospital and its amenities by contacting us at (702) 731-5437 or visiting our website.

Vote for Sunrise and Sunrise Children's Hospital!

Posted on 1/30/2012

Today is the final day to vote for the Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” readers’ poll.

DEADLINE IS 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Hypoglycemia and Your Child

Posted on 1/26/2012

Hypoglycemia refers to a condition in which one’s blood sugar levels are too low. Low blood sugar can be dangerous to your child, especially if he or she struggles with diabetes. Hypoglycemia typically sets on very suddenly, so be sure to know your child’s warning signs. Learn more about the symptoms of low blood sugar and how to react from this video.

If you would like to learn more about pediatric diabetes care and management or are looking for compassionate, experienced care for your child, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas. You can reach our staff at (702) 731-5437 or learn more about our services from our website.

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