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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 .
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.
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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.
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.
How can you protect your child from the flu? What is the link between allergies and asthma? If you’re interested in more information on diagnosing heart conditions, how allergies relate to asthma, or how to protect your child from the flu, then check out some of these great resources:
- Learn more about common types of heart defects in children with this article from the American Heart Association .
- This article from the Children’s Heart Foundation provides several facts and statistics regarding congenital heart defects.
- Is your child showing symptoms of a heart murmur ? Find out with this article from Sunrise Children’s health content pages.
- Find out why having your child vaccinated for the flu is important with this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
- Learn more about influenza with this link from flu.gov.
- What is an allergy? Visit this link from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology for more information.
- Check out this page from the American Lung Association for more information on asthma.
- How do allergies relate to asthma ? Check out this link from Sunrise Children’s health content page for more information.
For more information about Sunrise Children’s Hospital and our services, give us a call at (702) 731-5437 today!
Influenza , also known as the flu, is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. Symptoms of the flu typically include fever, chills, body aches, cough, headaches, earaches, and sinus problems. While many individuals who contract the influenza virus recover normally, younger children are at greater risk for flu-related complications. How can you protect your child this flu season?
Have Your Child Get a Flu Shot
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all individuals 6 months of age or older get a flu shot. Children with diabetes, asthma, and other health conditions are also recommended for a flu shot. If you have an infant less than 6 months old, then make sure everyone else in the household receives a flu shot, as this will help prevent the infant from contracting infection.
Stress the Importance of Hand Washing
The flu virus can easily spread from person to person and can be picked up at school, daycare, and during extracurricular activities. A good way to protect your children from the virus is to stress the importance of routine hand washing with warm water and soap for at least 10 seconds. You may also consider providing your child with an antibacterial or alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel.
Steps to Take If Your Child Does Get the Flu
There are several steps you can take in the event your child does contract the flu virus . Some ways you can help your child feel better include having them drink plenty of liquids as well as ensuring they get plenty of bed-rest. You may also consider asking your child’s pediatrician for medicine to help ease their aches, pains, and fever.
If you’re searching for high-quality children’s emergency care for your child, then look no further than Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. We provide a number of pediatric services to help you and your family during your time of need, and also function as a NICU hospital. Learn more by contacting us at (702) 731-5437.
Unfortunately, it can be easy to overlook the symptoms of a heart condition in a child , as many people associate heart defects and diseases with older individuals. However, there are a number of diagnostic options available to identify heart conditions in children and teens. Consider this information on pediatric heart diagnoses for more information:
In the event your primary care physician suspects that your child is suffering from a heart condition , they will most likely refer you to a pediatric cardiologist for further testing. Some of the testing methods utilized may include:
- Chest x-ray, computerized tomography (CT) scan, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
- Diagnostic catheterization in which a thin, flexible catheter is threaded into the heart via a blood vessel in the arm, groin, or neck
- Echocardiogram that uses sound waves to create an image of the heart
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) and Holter monitor to continuously record the heart’s rhythm
- An Electrophysiology study, which tests the electrical conduction system of the heart to evaluate the electrical activity and conduction pathways
- Exercise tests
- Laboratory testing
There are several treatment methods available if your child is diagnosed with a heart condition . Some treatment methods may include:
- Electrophysiology services, such as pacemaker and defibrillator implants, cryoablation, radiofrequency ablations, and comprehensive electrophysiological studies
- Interventional catheterization, such as valvuloplasty, angioplasty, stent placement, closure of atrial septal defects, and biopsies; these methods can be used to closely observe the structure of the heart, measure blood pressure at specific locations, expand narrow passages, open new passages if needed, and close holes
- Surgery to repair a defect
Here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital , our physicians and staff members are specially trained to care for even the youngest patients. We help to ensure that your child feels at ease by using equipment designed especially for children and allow parents to be present during all phases of the testing process. For more information on pediatrics or children’s emergency care, visit our website or contact us at (702) 731-5437.