Being in a children’s hospital can be very hard for kids. They are in a strange place with strange people, they often don’t feel well, and they may be separated from family and friends for an extended period of time. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas, our Child Life Specialists assist children and their families during a hospital stay—here’s an overview of what these crucial members of the pediatric hospital team do.
- Child Life Specialists can help kids prepare for surgery or medical treatment by using toys or dolls to explain what will happen. They can also offer age-appropriate information and counseling for the child and can help parents learn how to reassure their children about upcoming procedures.
- For kids, spending time in the hospital can be very boring. A Child Life Specialist has a wide assortment of games, toys, books, and movies for kids to use during their time in the children’s hospital. The excitement of looking forward to a new toy or game each day can take the edge off the boredom—and fear—of being in the hospital.
- The Child Life Department also sets up activities involving other kids in the hospital. These may be group games, painting, storytelling, arts and crafts, or holiday celebrations. The kids look forward to socializing with others their age, and their parents can get a well-deserved break for coffee or a snack while the kids play with their new friends.
- When a baby is in the NICU, it can seem very scary to visiting siblings. A Child Life Specialist can help prepare siblings for their first visit with his or her newborn sibling, making for a happier visit for the entire family.
At Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas, we provide children’s emergency care, pediatric care, NICU services, and so much more. Visit our website or give us a call at (702) 731-5437 to learn more about us, our services, and our commitment to both you and your little ones.
All parents hope and pray that an emergency never happens while their kids are home alone. Unfortunately, it is possible that your child could have to call for emergency care when you aren’t there. Or worse, they may need to call for you, especially if you have a health condition or are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. Here are some things you need to know about teaching your child to use 911 :
- First, explain to children that police officers, paramedics, and fire fighters are their friends and want to help them. With all their gear and equipment, these lifesavers can seem scary, especially fire fighters, who may sound menacing with their oxygen masks. Remind your kids that in an emergency, the best people to have around are police officers, paramedics, and fire fighters, and introduce your children to these community heroes whenever you can.
- Next, teach your kids to dial 911. Simple games like pointing out numbers, writing numbers, or even using the television remote to find their favorite shows can help kids learn their numbers. Then, teach them that dialing 911 will bring the help they need to your house.
- Explain to your children what constitutes an emergency. Fires, break-ins, and medical emergencies all warrant a call to 911 . Teach your children to call for help right away if someone is bleeding badly, unconscious, or not breathing.
- Be sure that your children understand that in an emergency situation, they must answer questions honestly and do as they’re told from you, an emergency responder, or the person taking the 911 call.
For top-quality children’s emergency care in Las Vegas, come to Sunrise Children’s Hospital . Call us at (877) 216-2521 to learn more about our pediatric services, or visit our website for more helpful tips and information.
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As more and more is learned about the dangers of secondhand smoke, more businesses are becoming tobacco-free. This is important to protect the health and well-being of people who might be exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke simply by being around another person who is smoking. Fortunately, Sunrise and Sunrise Children’s Hospitals are tobacco-free !
All employees, visitors, and patients are prohibited from smoking or using any form of tobacco on our premises, including the areas outside of our buildings. This new policy was instituted in response to our employees’ wishes. A survey was conducted to find out how the staff felt about the campus becoming tobacco-free. A majority of employees felt that eliminating all tobacco was the best thing to do for their health and the health of the other people visiting our children’s hospital.
This was a necessary decision, as secondhand smoke is very dangerous to children, especially kids with pediatric illnesses. All expecting mothers and even mothers who have already given birth should avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible, as they can put their babies at risk by simply walking through a cloud of smoke.
Parents of the babies in the NICU wing of the hospital worry enough about their children’s health—prohibiting tobacco takes one worry off their minds. No mother should have to worry about exposing their baby to this known carcinogen when visiting our hospital for health care.
Secondhand smoke is often responsible for cancer, lung infections, asthma, and ear infections. No tobacco of any kind is allowed at the hospital because our priority is keeping babies, kids, and adults safe, as well as promoting a healthy atmosphere in general.
At Sunrise Children’s Hospital , the health of your children is our top priority. We offer children’s emergency care and can meet all of your pediatric needs, including care for high-risk pregnancies and NICU services. Visit our website, contact us online, or give us a call us at (877) 216-2521 to learn more about how we can help your family.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can be a very scary place for parents and their new babies. The tiny, fragile lives of premature babies depend on the skill and expertise of their nurses.
Fortunately, here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, the quality and caliber of the nurses is beyond comparison. Using cutting-edge treatment techniques and technologically-advanced infant beds, our team of specialists work tirelessly to keep these precious babies thriving. Watch this video to learn more about the NICU at Sunrise Children’s Hospital .
For the best in NICU hospital care, come to Sunrise Children’s Hospital . If you are facing a high-risk pregnancy, then take comfort in knowing that your baby will be cared for by the highly trained doctors and nurses. Call us at (702) 731-5437 (KIDS) to learn more, or contact us online.