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Common Childhood Illnesses

Posted on 1/24/2012

Childhood Illnesses

During childhood, the immune system is put through its first grueling tests. Below are some of the most common illnesses that can affect your child:

  • Allergies and asthma can be caused or exasperated by the pollen, dust, pollution, and pet dander that surround your child every day. While many children are unaffected by these triggers, they can make some children absolutely miserable. Allergies may cause symptoms associated with the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, lungs, skin, intestines, and may also lead to asthma attacks. Asthma is localized to the lungs and can cause difficulty breathing.
  • Ringworm is a skin condition characterized by a ring-shaped red, scaly rash. While many are misled by the name of this condition, ringworm is not actually caused by a worm; rather, ringworm is cause by fungi. Athlete’s foot and jock itch are types of ringworm, but there is also ringworm of the scalp, nails, and body. Ringworm can often be treated with an oral anti-fungal medication or a topical anti-fungal agent.
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common in young children. When bacteria enter the urinary tract from the skin near the urethra or from the bloodstream, an infection can result in any part of the urinary tract. UTIs can cause fever, pain during urination, abdominal pain, and other symptoms depending on the severity of the infection. The symptoms may not be obvious to the child or to the parents, so these infections can sometimes go untreated.
  • Ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their child to the doctor—75% of children will have at least one ear infection before they reach the age of three. These infections are the result of bacteria that cause inflammation of the middle ear, resulting in pain, fever, problems with balance, or trouble sleeping.

If your child is ill and is in need of specialized, expert care, contact the professionals at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We are committed to providing the community of Las Vegas with the highest-quality pediatric care possible. Contact us at (702) 731-5437 to learn more about our services.

Vote for Sunrise/Sunrise Children's as the BEST HOSPITAL in Las Vegas!

Posted on 1/22/2012


UPDATE: The voting period for this story has ended. Link is no longer valid.

We are excited that the Review-Journal newspaper is asking the community to vote on the Best Hospital in the Las Vegas area. We think Sunrise/Sunrise Children’s Hospital should win the designation as Best Hospital and we want you to cast your vote in the readers’ poll. The Best Hospital category will appear in the “Locations” section of the newspaper’s ballot. Voting for the Best Hospital will begin on Sunday, Jan. 22 and continue through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30.

You can vote two ways: Fill out the “Best of Las Vegas” form in the Review-Journal’s special section on Sunday, Jan. 22; and/or, beginning that same day, cast your vote online at:

Thanks for your vote and tell your friends and family to vote too.

Understanding Allergies

Posted on 1/19/2012


The human immune system is an extremely complicated mechanism that protects us from illness. While it is usually helpful in keeping us healthy, the immune system can sometimes overreact when confronted with certain substances, causing allergies. When the immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an outside invader and overreacts to it, histamines are released and we experience allergic reactions. While symptoms are usually experienced in the lungs, sinuses, throat, ears, nose, or skin, allergic reactions can also cause asthma or anaphylaxis (a life-threatening reaction). Read on to learn more about some of the different types of allergies:

  • Food allergies are caused by an adverse immune reaction to certain foods or to a food additive. Cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, wheat, shellfish, and pecans are all common causes of food allergies. This type of allergy can cause anything from hives to anaphylactic shock. If your child is experiencing a severe adverse reaction to a certain food, consider seeking emergency care immediately.
  • Allergic rhinitis is the typical result of what are known as seasonal allergies. Inhaled substances such as dust, pollen, pet dander, or pollutants can cause a variety of symptoms affecting the eyes and respiratory tract. These types of allergies may also lead to asthma attacks.
  • Insect allergies are adverse reactions to the stings or bites of certain insects. Honeybees, wasps, hornets, fire ants, fleas, mosquitoes, and kissing bugs have all been known to cause allergic reactions from their bites or stings. Exposure to cockroaches, midges, and lake flies can cause respiratory allergies, as well.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis refers to an allergic reaction that occurs when one comes into contact with a certain chemical, causing swelling, rash, and infection. Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and many other plants and substances have the ability to cause allergic contact dermatitis.

For over thirty years, Sunrise Children’s Hospital has been Nevada’s most comprehensive children’s hospital, providing state-of-the-art neonatal and pediatric care to the members of our community. Learn more about us and our physicians by visiting our website or contacting us at (702) 731-5437.

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