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

Posted on 10/27/2011

Father and son carving jack o lanterns on Halloween smiling

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, encourage children to draw a face with markers, and have an adult handle the actual carving. Children can also lend a hand by scooping out the pumpkin seeds with a spoon.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin.
  • If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.

Get the Picture: Child Immunizations

Posted on 10/27/2011

As a parent, keeping your children safe is your number one priority, which is why it is so important to have your children fully immunized for certain diseases at specific intervals in their life.

In this video, provides an overview on the importance of childhood immunizations. Many parents avoid having their children immunized or vaccinated for fear of having their children develop autism. However, studies show that there is no link between vaccines and autism. Learn more about the 14 different immunizations that infants and children now receive in this full clip.

For quality pediatric services and children’s emergency care available, contact Sunrise Children's Hospital at (702) 731-5437 today! Visit our website for more kid’s health info.

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.

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

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.

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