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Types of High-Risk Pregnancies

Posted on 2/10/2012

High-Risk Pregnancy

When a woman becomes pregnant, there are certain steps she can take to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and prevent complications. She can exercise regularly, have a good, balanced diet, and refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco—all of these things are proven to help reduce chronic illness in a growing child. Unfortunately, some women can have high-risk pregnancies despite living an otherwise healthy lifestyle. The factors that cause a high-risk pregnancy can be present before a woman becomes pregnant or they can develop as the baby does, even if the mother was previously healthy. Read on to learn more about the types of high-risk pregnancies.

  • Pre-eclampsia, also known as pregnancy-induced hypertension, occurs when a woman’s blood pressure increases and large amounts of protein appear in her urine. This condition occurs in 5%-8% of pregnancies, typically during the second half of the gestation period.  The cause of pre-eclampsia is unknown. While most women who experience this condition deliver healthy babies, if severe pre-eclampsia is left untreated, it can be fatal to the mother and child.

  • Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes mellitus that occurs only when a woman is pregnant. Like the other forms of this disease, insulin resistance prevents the mother’s cells from taking up glucose. The extra glucose in the mother’s blood passes to the baby, which can cause problems for both mother and child.

  • Preterm labor occurs when the mother experiences signs of labor and the baby is not fully developed and may be unable to live outside the mother. There is no way to predict who will experience preterm labor, but there are certain factors that can put a woman more at risk.

  • HIV and AIDS damage a woman’s immune system, severely suppressing her ability to fight infection. A mother can transmit this virus to her baby during or after her pregnancy, but there are ways to prevent this from occurring. 

If you live in Nevada and are looking for high-quality care for you and your child, consider Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We provide a wide array of services to make your pregnancy and childbirth a peaceful and memorable experience. To learn more about having your baby at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, please contact us at (702) 731-5437.


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

Diabetes

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.


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