• Check Your Symptoms with the iTriage App

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    When you or your child is suffering from an illness or injury, it is often difficult to determine the cause and severity of the symptoms and where you should seek  medical treatment . With the help of the iTriage application for iPhone and android, you have easy access to a large amount of medical information, including the potential causes of symptoms, the closest medical facilities, thousands of medications, medical procedures, and much more. The information provided in this app is clear, concise, and easy to use. 

    With the help of iTriage, you even have access to emergency hotlines and nurse advice lines. If you would like to learn more about this application and how it can be of use to you and your family, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437.

  • Happy Doctors’ Day from Sunrise Children’s Hospital!

    Today we celebrate Doctors’ Day, a day we thank and recognize our dedicated physicians for the care and expertise they provide to our patients each and every day.

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  • Helpful Tips for Picky Eaters: Making Sure Your Child Has a Healthy Diet

    Children's Nutrition

    As a parent, it is completely natural for you to worry about whether or not your child is getting the right vitamins and minerals and an adequate amount of calories as he or she grows and develops.  Unfortunately, many children do not enjoy the foods that are best for them—such as vegetables—and mealtimes can be difficult. To help them get the  nutrition they need, consider the following tips for picky eaters. 

    • Make mealtime exciting
      You can help your child to enjoy eating healthier foods by making meals more fun.  Serve a variety of brightly-colored vegetables with a few different dipping sauces. Consider using cookie cutters or creative culinary techniques to shape healthy foods into interesting shapes.
       
    • Add veggies where they are least expected
      You can get creative with nutrition by sneaking healthy foods into more of your recipes. If your child loves pasta dishes, add some extra vegetables into the sauce. 
       
    • Have your child help you choose and prepare meals
      Letting your child pick out his or her own fruits, vegetables, and grains while at the grocery store will often help your child to be more excited about making healthy choices. Encouraging your child to help you in the food’s preparation may also help him or her to have a more vested interest in the meal.
       
    • Be a good role model
      One of the most important ways that you can help your child eat healthier is to make healthy decisions yourself. Setting a good example at mealtime will often encourage your child to imitate your behavior.

    March is National Nutrition Month—celebrate this month by increasing your knowledge of what composes a nutritious, balanced diet and recommit yourself to eating healthier. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital , we believe strongly in the importance of proper nutrition as a part of every treatment and recovery process. If you would like to learn more about our clinical dietitians and how they help our patients achieve better health,  contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437 today.

  • Common Sinus Problems in Children

    Child Sinus Problems

    The sinuses are a group of four paired air-filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity. Healthy sinuses contain no viruses or bacteria, allow air to circulate freely, and enable mucous to drain out as needed. When the sinuses become backed up with mucous and air does not circulate freely, germs are able to grow and cause inflammation. 

    A child’s sinuses are not fully developed until late in their teenage years, so younger children are especially prone to infections and sinusitis. Sinus problems in children are most commonly caused by viral infections , such as colds and the flu, and may also be triggered by seasonal allergies. A child with sinusitis may exhibit the following symptoms:

    • Thick, yellowish-green nasal drainage
    • Headache
    • Fatigue or irritability
    • Swelling around the eyes
    • Cold symptoms that last more than the usual week to ten days, sometimes with a low-grade fever
    • Sore throat, cough, nausea caused by post-nasal drip

    If your child is exhibiting the above symptoms, consider seeking treatment from your local pediatrician. Once diagnosed with sinusitis, children generally respond well to treatment with antibiotics. The small percentage of children who do not respond to antibiotic therapy will often benefit from surgery to make narrow sinus drainage pathways wider. Depending on the underlying cause of the symptoms, your pediatrician may also recommend the surgical removal of adenoid tissue. While the inflammation of this tissue does not directly block the sinuses, it can cause many symptoms that are very similar to a sinus infection. 

    You can reduce your child’s risk of developing sinus infections by preventing exposure to air pollutants, such as tobacco smoke, and reducing his or her time at day care. If you still have questions about your child’s risk for sinus infections, let Sunrise Children’s Hospital be your resource for further information. Contact our staff of experienced pediatric specialists by calling (702) 731-5437 at any time.

  • Learn More About Keeping Your Family Healthy!

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    Do you still have questions regarding hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or any of the other conditions discussed in our recent blog posts? Find out more by clicking through the links below or contacting Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437.

  • A Look at Neutropenia

    White Blood Cells

    White blood cells, which are produced in the bone marrow, are essential in fighting disease and foreign substances that invade the body. Neutropenia, also called agranulocytosis , is a rare condition in which white blood cells are not produced by the bone marrow in adequate amounts or they are destroyed at an abnormally high rate. As a result of this condition, the levels of white blood cells circulating through the body are too low, increasing a child’s likelihood for infection. 

    Neutropenia can be the result of medications or treatments, such as chemotherapy, or inherited and present at birth. Tumors, infections, aplastic anemia, autoimmune diseases, or fibrosis of the bone marrow can also cause this condition. Your child may be at risk for developing neutropenia if he or she:

    • Is taking certain medications
    • Is exposed to certain chemicals or radiation
    • Has a family history of certain genetic conditions
    • Is suffering from any autoimmune disorders
    • Has an enlarged spleen
    • Has a vitamin B-12 or folate deficiency
    • Has leukemia or myelodysplastic syndromes

    If your child experiences the symptoms associated with neutropenia , consider seeking the advice of his or her pediatrician. The signs of this condition can be caused by many different illnesses, so do not immediately assume that neutropenia is the culprit. The symptoms may include bacterial pneumonia; bleeding gums; low white blood cell count; sudden fever, jaundice, chills, or sore throat; or infection.

    Treatment for this condition depends on many different factors. With the help of an experienced pediatric specialist, you can decide the best treatment plan for your child. Treatments include transfusion of white blood cells, antibiotic treatment, white blood cell-stimulating factors, or the removal of potential causative agents (toxin or medication).

    If your child must undergo a white blood cell-reducing therapy, such as chemotherapy, consult with your pediatrician to learn about possible preventive measures that you can take to help avoid this condition. If you have any further questions, contact the healthcare team of Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437.

  • Preparing for Surgery at Sunrise Children’s Hospital

    Has your child recently been scheduled for surgery at Sunrise Children’s Hospital ? Although surgery can be stressful and frightening for your child and yourself, learning as much as you can about what to do before, during, and after the procedure can help to alleviate these negative emotions. In this video, you can view a step-by-step description of your child’s surgery day and what you and your child are likely to experience.

    If you have any other questions regarding your child’s surgery day, do not hesitate to call the staff of Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437. You can also receive assistance and support through our Child Life Department .

  • Taking Care of Your Child’s Ears

    Children's Ear Health

    From hearing to balance, your child’s ears are essential in helping him or her interact safely with the environment. Although ears do not typically require too much cleaning and attention (just to be washed regularly), there are a few things that every parent and child should know to keep them healthy. Read on to learn more about taking good care of your child’s ears .

    • Regular cleaning:
      While many people may think of earwax as an unnecessary and even gross product of the ear, this substance actually serves an important purpose. It is secreted to lubricate, clean, and protect the skin of the ear canal. As it is produced and makes its way to the opening of the canal, you can gently clean it out of your child’s ear with a damp washcloth. Cotton-tipped swabs are not recommended for cleaning, as they can cause earwax to become impacted in the ear canal, which can result in impaired hearing.  
       
    • For pierced ears:
      If your child has recently had her ears pierced, be sure to allow the piercings to fully heal before the earrings are removed. As it is healing, use a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean the piercing thoroughly while the earring is still in place to help prevent infection. 
       
    • While in the pool:
      Many children can suffer from a condition called swimmer’s ear after swimming in a pool for a certain period of time. To prevent this painful infection, dry your child’s ears thoroughly after each swim. A few drops of rubbing alcohol may help to dry out any remaining moisture left in the ear canal.
       
    • In hot and cold weather:
      Make sure that you apply sunscreen onto your child’s ears (and yours too!) before any prolonged sun exposure to avoid sunburn. When it is cold outside, keep his or her ears covered and warm with a hat or headband to avoid frostbite.

    If your child experiences pain or other symptoms associated with his or her ears, consider seeking treatment at Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas. Contact our friendly staff at (702) 731-5437 to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services.

  • Proper Nutrition for Your Child

    Children's Nutrition

    Instilling proper eating habits while your child is young will not only help to keep your child healthy as he or she grows, but will also translate into a much healthier future as an adult. Unfortunately, today’s children are surrounded by unhealthy fast-food and highly processed meal choices. Help your child to make good choices and stay healthy by learning a little bit more about proper nutrition from the tips below:

    • Make a variety of healthy food options available
      Although your child may have a group of favorite foods, it is important to be sure that they partake in many different types of foods. Eating a variety of healthy, nutrient-rich foods will ensure that your child gets the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that he or she needs.
    • Avoid sugary soft drinks and juices
      When your child is thirsty, his or her body is craving a glass of refreshing, cold water. Encourage your child to choose water (or milk, for the calcium) most often instead of sugary fruit juices, soft drinks, juice cocktails, or sweetened teas.
    • Always remember a healthy breakfast
      Making sure that your child gets a nutritious breakfast each morning will allow him or her to participate in learning and other activities with optimal focus and energy.
    • Be a good role model for healthy eating
      Your child looks up to you as a role model—make sure that you are making healthy choices, too. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet while also staying physically active will not only help you set a good example for your child, but will also keep you looking and feeling great.

    If you would like to learn more about proper nutrition for your child, contact the healthcare professionals of Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our staff offers comprehensive pediatric care services to the community of Las Vegas, Nevada. Call us today at (702) 731-5437—we are happy to answer your questions.

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