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    Children

    Are you looking for more information about how you can prevent your child from developing middle ear infections? You can read more about this and the other topics explored in our recent blogs by looking through the resources below. For additional information, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437—we are happy to answer any health-related question you may have.

    • This article from KidsHealth.org provides a comprehensive overview on how the heart works and what having a heart murmur means for your child.
    • Mitral valve prolapse is a congenital condition that can lead to a benign heart murmur. Learn more about this condition by reading this article from PubMed Health.
    • The New York State Department of Health answers some frequently asked questions regarding ear infections in children in this article.
    • Read this comprehensive overview from WebMD.com to learn more about ear infections in adults and children.
    • This fact sheet from the American Lung Association outlines statistics related to children with asthma.
    • You can read more about the different types of burns and their symptoms in this MedlinePlus article.
    • The American Burn Association provides helpful resources about burn prevention on their website.
    • This overview from The New York Times describes the causes, symptoms, and treatment of sinusitis.
    • In this article, the American Academy of Otolaryngology explains how to know if your child has sinusitis.

  • Understanding the Different Types of Burns

    Types of Burns

    Whether they are caused by scalds, flames, chemicals, or electricity, burns are potential hazards in every home. Unfortunately,  burns are some of the most common causes of accidental injury among babies and young children. Many burn injuries can be treated at home and are of little concern, while others require immediate medical care. Depending on how badly the skin is damaged, burns are divided into three categories: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree.

    • First-degree burn
      A first-degree, or superficial, burn is the mildest type of burn injury . It is often caused by ultraviolet (UV) light or very short exposure to flames. This type of burn only causes damage to the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis, and does not cause scarring.
       
    • Second-degree burn
      Second-degree burns, also called partial thickness burns, affect the outer layer of the skin more deeply and may even cause damage to the underlying layer of the skin (dermis), causing blistering. These burns are often caused by scalding, short flame exposure, hot oil, or grease.
       
    • Third-degree burn
      Full-thickness burns are very serious. They are usually caused by direct flame exposure, hot oil, grease, or immersion in scalding hot water. Third-degree burns not only affect the dermis and epidermis, but also damage the tissues underneath, such as muscle and bone. These burns lead to scarring and will heal only at the wound edges unless skin grafting is performed.

    If your child experiences a burn injury that could be serious, consider seeking immediate medical help. The emergency services at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide expert care to children and their families. Our pediatric emergency room is the largest in the Las Vegas area and is staffed by doctors and nurses who specialize in both emergency and pediatric medicine. You can learn more about our services by calling (702) 731-5437.

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  • Learn More About Children’s Health

    Children's Health

    Did you enjoy reading about the health topics discussed in our recent posts? You can learn more by visiting the websites below or contacting the helpful staff of Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437.

    • Hyperthyroidism is a condition that results in the secretion of too much thyroid hormone. Read more about this condition from the American Thyroid Association .
    • This overview found on the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Services answers many of the frequently asked questions regarding Graves’ hyperthyroidism.
    • How can Graves’ disease affect your child? Find out by visiting the Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation website.
    • A healthy diet is essential for a child’s proper development . Read more about nutrition for children on the MedlinePlus online medical reference.
    • If you would like to find out more about what composes a healthy meal , check out this article found on KidsHealth.org.
    • Gestational diabetes can pose a health risk to the mother and her growing baby. Read this article found on the American Diabetes Association website to learn more about this condition.
    • The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also provides some helpful information about having a healthy pregnancy.
    • Visit CNN Health to find out more about common childhood emergencies and how to approach them.
    • Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. Read this article found on the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network to learn more about this medical emergency.
    • Are you at risk for developing preeclampsia during your next pregnancy? This article from the American Pregnancy Association lists the major risk factors for this condition.

  • CAARE – When to See a Doctor about Your Child’s Asthma

    Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways that can lead to reversible obstruction episodes called ‘asthma attacks’. While these episodes happen intermittently and can be triggered by various stimuli, the underlying inflammation is chronic.

    Children that suffer from asthma should see a doctor regularly to properly manage their condition. In this video, you can learn more about when a child with asthma should visit his or her pediatrician for advice or treatment.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas, we are committed to the effective and compassionate care of our community’s children. Learn more about us and our services by visiting our website or calling (702) 731-5437 today.

  • CAARE – When to See a Doctor about Your Child’s Asthma

    Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways that can lead to reversible obstruction episodes called ‘asthma attacks’. While these episodes happen intermittently and can be triggered by various stimuli, the underlying inflammation is chronic.

    Children that suffer from asthma should see a doctor regularly to properly manage their condition. In this video, you can learn more about when a child with asthma should visit his or her pediatrician for advice or treatment.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas, we are committed to the effective and compassionate care of our community’s children. Learn more about us and our services by visiting our website or calling (702) 731-5437 today.

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  • Is Your Child at Risk for an Ear Infection?

    Ear Infection

    Ear infections are the number one reason that parents bring their children to the doctor—in fact, three out of four children will experience at least one ear infection before they are three years old. An ear infection, also called acute otitis media (AOM), is an inflammation of the middle ear that results when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. While anyone can get an ear infection , they are much more common in children due to their smaller anatomy and poorly developed immune systems.  

    Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria and typically occur after a child suffers from a sore throat or upper respiratory infection. The bacterial infection causes fluid to build up behind the eardrum, resulting in the symptoms associated with ear infections:  pain in the ear, trouble sleeping, fever, fluid drainage from the ear, problems with balance, and trouble hearing. While it is very common for children to get ear infections, there are factors that can put your child more at risk. These factors include:

    • Age
      Children between the ages of six months and two years are at the highest risk of developing ear infections. This is largely due to the shape of their Eustachian tubes—at this age, they have a decreased ability to drain any fluid that accumulates due to bacterial infection. 
       
    • Air quality
      Children exposed to tobacco smoke or air pollution have an increased risk of developing middle ear infections.
       
    • Seasonal factors
      Children are more likely to develop ear infections during the fall and winter, when influenza and colds are common. Children with allergies may also have problems with ear infections during times when there are high pollen counts.
       
    • Child care
      Children that are cared for in group child care settings are much more likely to catch the common cold or other infections, which also increases their risk of suffering from an ear infection.

    If your child appears to be suffering from possible ear infection symptoms, consider seeking treatment from your pediatrician. If you would like to learn more about the causes and treatments of acute otitis media, contact the professionals at Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437.

  • What is Graves’ Disease?

    Graves Disease

    The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped organ that is located at the front of the neck. This important gland is primarily responsible for the secretion of two chemicals into the bloodstream: triiodothyronine and thyroxin. These chemicals, called thyroid hormones, have essential and comprehensive effects on the human body, from regulating metabolism, growth, and brain development to affecting muscle strength and body temperature. 

    In a condition known as Graves’ disease , the thyroid gland becomes overactive and releases too much thyroid hormone. It is believed that this increased level of thyroid activity, called hyperthyroidism, is the result of an attack of the body’s immune system on its own healthy cells. Normally, the immune system works to defend against fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders that threaten to infect the body and cause illness. In patients with Graves’ disease, the immune system does not recognize the healthy thyroid cells as “self” and attacks them, causing the release of excess thyroid hormone. 

    Adults and children suffering from Graves’ disease will often experience a wide variety of symptoms related to the dysfunction of the systems regulated by the thyroid gland.  Because the thyroid regulates body temperature, for example, Graves’ patients will often experience intolerance to high temperatures. Other symptoms of Graves’ hyperthyroidism include:

    • Irritability, anxiety, and nervousness
    • Muscle weakness and fatigue
    • Hand tremors
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Weight loss
    • Goiter (an enlarged thyroid that appears as a lump at the front of the neck)
    • Irregular and rapid pulse
    • Diarrhea
    • Appearance of bulging eyes (Graves’ ophthalmopathy)

    Although this condition is most commonly seen in adults, it can also occur in children. If you suspect your child may be suffering from hyperthyroidism or any other endocrine disorder, consider contacting the pediatric specialists of Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437. Our healthcare team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for the families in our community.

  • Understanding Gestational Hypertension

    Gestational hypertension is a condition that develops only during a woman’s pregnancy and is often the precursor of a more serious condition known as preeclampsia. According to the American Pregnancy Association, preeclampsia affects approximately 2 to 6 percent of healthy, first-time moms. 

    In this video, you can learn more about gestational hypertension and preeclampsia . The host discusses the complications that can arise, including what is normal and what can be a warning sign that something is amiss. She also outlines the criteria necessary for diagnosing the condition and what can be done to manage the condition.

    The specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas offer the highest quality of healthcare and support for mothers before, during, and after pregnancy. Call Sunrise today at (702) 731-5437 to learn more about our comprehensive mother and child care services.

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