• Special Care for Premature Babies

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    Infants born less than 37 weeks into the mother’s pregnancy are considered premature babies. Premature newborns require special care to ensure that they develop and grow without complication. A neonatal intensive care unit , or NICU, provides premature infants with the medical attention they need to thrive. The NICU at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is one such atmosphere in which thousands of premature babies have received the high-quality and comprehensive care for a long and healthy life.


    Premature newborns do not have the body fat with which full-term babies are born; therefore, they cannot maintain a high body temperature. Swaddling is not enough to stabilize a premature baby’s temperature, so NICU hospitals use incubators or radiant warmers to retain premature infant body heat. In addition to keeping preemies warm, which helps them grow faster, incubators and radiant warmers also decrease the chance for infection and water loss.


    Premature babies also have special nutritional needs because they grow faster than full-term babies, yet lack a mature digestive system. Typically, the best nutrition comes from breast milk. However, infants born at less than 37 weeks cannot feed directly from their mothers. Instead, the breast milk is pumped and administered through a feeding tube from the nose or mouth directly into the stomach. Many times, the breast milk will be fortified with additional amounts of calcium and phosphorus for desired growth and development.


    Premature infants are often at high risk for a number of physiological complications, including sleep apnea, anemia, low blood pressure, respiratory distress syndrome, and infection. Though their immature immune system and organs are susceptible to these disorders, NICU hospitals employ various preventive and treatment measures to minimize their long-term effects. By administering these techniques and following up with frequent healthcare checkups once a preemie has left the NICU hospital, many premature infants go on to enjoy healthy and robust childhoods.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive NICU services for parents in the greater Las Vegas area. If you require our neonatal care options, or any of our other specialties, including pediatric cardiology, oncology, and occupational therapy services, please contact our children’s hospital today at (702) 731-5437.

  • Meeting the Milestones: What Milestones Are and Why They Are Important


    The first year of a baby’s life is filled with major developmental achievements. From recognizing the sound of your voice to being able to say “mama” or “dada”, your child will be learning and growing at an incredible rate. These significant achievements, which are called milestones, indicate the progression of your baby’s natural development. Recognizing that your little one has not yet reached a particular milestone can also indicate a developmental issue.

    If you believe that your baby should have more advanced skills by a particular age, contact the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital for consultation. However, keep in mind that all babies develop at their own pace. Some are faster or slower than others, and it has no bearing on their overall wellbeing. The following milestones describe how and when your baby should be reaching specific physiological milestones.

    Rolling Over

    Between their fifth and seventh months, many babies will begin to exhibit rolling motion. They may either roll from their backs to their stomachs or from their stomachs to their backs. As they get older, they will further increase their core strength and control. By the end of their seventh month, most babies can roll over both ways.

    Sitting Up

    Being able to sit up is also a big milestone for babies . At first, they will be able to sit up only with back support from behind. Most of the time, this occurs when an adult sits them in their lap and allows the baby to lean against their chest. Over the next several months, a baby’s core strength and stability will improve. By their first birthday, most babies can sit up without any assistance.


    The ability to stand occurs in much the same way as sitting up. Around six months, most babies can support their own weight on their legs while standing. However, they can do this only when held up by the chest or arms. Yet, upon their first birthday, many babies can pull themselves up to standing and may even be able to take a few steps before losing their balance.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers patients comprehensive healthcare services, including oncology and occupational therapy treatment options. To learn more about our pediatric unit, or to schedule an appointment, please call our Las Vegas facility at (702) 731-5437.

  • New Studies Show that Children with Type-II Diabetes Show High Rates of Early Complications

    More than 19,000 Americans under the age of 20 have type-II diabetes. As this video explains, this disease can produce swift and severe complications in adolescent patients.

    Type-II diabetes progresses more rapidly in children than adults. Within a short time of diagnosis, many young patients already have high blood pressure and early markers of kidney and eye disease. Also, more children are developing type-II diabetes at a younger age, which translates into a heavier healthcare burden for the entire healthcare system. More than 174 billion dollars is spent every year on diabetes management. Therefore, it is essential that pediatric physicians be aggressive with treatment options for young children to delay the onset of more serious complications. Parents must also be proactive in maintaining their children’s health with good eating and physical activity habits.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital provides a comprehensive array of pediatric services for patients in the greater Las Vegas region. In addition to our diabetes management methods, we offer pediatric cardiology, oncology, and occupational therapy treatment options. To learn more about our children’s hospital , please call (702) 731-5437.

  • Vaccinations for Your Infant: FAQs

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    Vaccinations are important tools in safeguarding your child’s health. Everyday, your infant is exposed to various communicable diseases that can cause considerable physiological damage and even death. However, vaccinations provide a safe and highly effective way to protect your baby’s wellbeing from these infections. The following questions and answers offer a brief overview of why vaccinations are vital to your child’s health. If you have further questions about how vaccinations work or which ones your child should be receiving, contact the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital for more information.

    What are vaccinations?

    Vaccinations are injected substances that inoculate your child from infectious diseases. Between birth and her second birthday, your baby will be vaccinated against more than a dozen dangerous diseases. 

    How do vaccinations work?

    When you or your child receives a vaccine injection, you are actually getting minute amounts of the disease. However, healthcare providers administer only a very weakened or dead form of the virus. This enables your immune system to develop antibodies that can effectively ward off the disease should it attempt to infiltrate your system.

    Which vaccinations does my infant need?

    No parent wants to see their child in pain as she receives her vaccinations. However, the long-term benefits far outweigh this temporary side effect. At birth, your infant should be vaccinated against hepatitis B. At two months, your baby will receive a second shot for hepatitis B, as well as vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcal disease, polio, and rotavirus infections. At six months, your baby will also receive a shot for influenza. At 12 months, she will be vaccinated against chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis A. Because the majority of these vaccinations must be administered in specific amounts over several months at a time, it is extremely important that you keep all follow-up appointments with your pediatric physician to ensure that your child’s vaccinations are as effective as possible.

    Is your infant up-to-date on her vaccination schedule? Sunrise Children’s Hospital can guide parents through the vaccination process at our Las Vegas facility. To learn more about our children’s hospital , or to schedule an appointment, please call (702) 731-5437.

  • Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Room


    Our emergency room is never closed to you or your loved ones. Furthermore, our ER wait times are 30 minutes or less on average, which is consistently far below the national average. For added convenience, you can take advantage of our free ‘Text ER’ service to evaluate wait times for Sunrise Children’s, Sunrise, and our other Las Vegas-area facilities before you even leave home—simply text “ER” to 23000 and respond with your zip code. You will then receive the wait times of the hospitals nearest you. You can also visit our websites at SunriseChildrensHospital.com and SunriseHospital.com to check the average ER wait times. With this vital information, you can make the best possible decision for you and your family. If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

  • Childhood Diabetes

    In the case of an 11-year-old girl who went to the movies with her grandmother, watching a theatrical public service announcement turned out to be a life-saving event. The following video discusses how this young lady self-diagnosed her type-I diabetes.

    As Josie Somerlott sat in the theater and viewed the PSA, she immediately recognized several type-I diabetes symptoms that were mentioned in the announcement. Some early signs of this disease include sudden weight loss, constant thirst, and frequent urination. Later that night, she conducted more research online and told her mother of her discovery. Shortly thereafter, Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas confirmed Josie’s findings.

    If your child is experiencing symptoms that may be signaling type-I diabetes, consult a pediatrics specialist at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our team of pediatric physicians can quickly and accurately diagnose the onset of type-I diabetes and prescribe an effective treatment strategy for it. To learn more about our children’s hospital , please call out Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437.

  • Tips for Getting Your Little One Down for Bedtime

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    As many new parents quickly realize, it can be difficult getting your baby to sleep . Though each newborn will respond positively to certain nighttime rituals and poorly to others, the following guidelines have been proven effective in helping parents successfully lay down their baby for the night. Also, be sure to contact the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital for additional tips regarding how to get your little one ready for bed.

    Increase nighttime feedings.

    Pediatric specialists often recommend that parents increase their feedings in the evenings to help induce their newborns into a sleepy state of mind. Most babies receive feedings about every three hours during the day; decrease this interval to two hours at night. With a full stomach, your little one can settle down more quickly.

    Regulate room temperature.

    As adults do, babies sleep better when the room temperature is slightly cooler. For optimal sleeping conditions, keep your baby’s room between 65 and 70 degrees at night. If you can’t directly control the temperature in your baby’s room, keep a window slightly open or bring a fan into the room. However, be sure to keep your newborn out of the direct air path of either device.

    Introduce noise.

    To increase your baby’s chances of falling asleep quickly, don’t keep her room completely silent. When your newborn was still in the womb, she was exposed to a great deal of noise, so try incorporating rhythmic sounds into her bedtime schedule. You can use a white noise machine or put on a nature sounds CD.

    Use the burrito wrap.

    Newborns have little control over their body movements and are prone to waking themselves up with sudden reflexes. To eliminate this potential sleeping problem, bundle your baby before bed. Swaddling your newborn not only prevents them from waking themselves up with violent jerking motions, but also promotes a calming effect that will help them sleep.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers expert pediatric care to families in the greater Las Vegas area. To learn more about our services, including our Mother & Baby services, please call (702) 731-5437.


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  • Expectant Mothers: Preparing for Your Hospital Stay

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    In your last trimester of pregnancy , there are many exciting things to do to prepare for the arrival of your baby. One of the most important things to plan for is your visit to Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as you want to have the most stress-free delivery experience possible. Below are some ways to get ready for your hospital visit.

    Pack Comfort Items

    In order to stay comfortable during your labor and delivery, consider bringing your own nightgown, robe, and slippers to the hospital. Keep in mind that items may become dirty, so save your brand-new pajamas for after the birth. Many women find it helpful to bring a pillow from home as well as massage items so their partners can comfort them during labor.

    Gather Relevant Documents

    Be sure that your hospital bag has a copy of your birth plan, medical records, and health insurance documentation so you won’t have to worry about gathering these items once your contractions start. Sunrise Children’s Hospital allows you to preregister so you can avoid filling out forms while you are in labor.

    Get Ready to Make Memories

    You won’t want to miss capturing those first precious moments with your baby, so make sure that your camera is ready to go, with fresh batteries and an empty memory card. If you bring your baby book, the nurses can help stamp your baby’s footprints. You may also want to prepare a list of people to notify after the birth so no one feels left out.

    Prepare for the Drive

    A few weeks before your due date, make a trip to Sunrise with your partner so you know which obstacles to avoid and which route is likely to be the fastest and easiest. You should also install the infant car seat around this time so you can be confident that you are doing it correctly before you have the distraction of a baby.

    To learn more about Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s maternity services or to preregister for your delivery, call (702) 731-5437. We have been dedicated to helping Las Vegas families grow for over 50 years.

  • Children’s Emergency Services at Sunrise Children’s Hospital

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    No parent wants to see their child get hurt, especially not badly enough to where they need emergency medical treatment.  But if an accident or serious illness does occur, Sunrise Children’s Hospital will be there to provide quality emergency care . Our pediatric emergency room offers the following features to help your child receive the help he or she needs in a comfortable, child-friendly setting.

    Dedicated Pediatric Care

    In a medical emergency , children may be frightened and disoriented, which is why it is important for healthcare professionals to be experienced at both treating and comforting kids. Our Pediatric Emergency Room contains pediatricians who are board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine, nurses certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and specialists on-call 24/7 to provide the care your child needs.

    Child Life Specialists

    In order to help children feel comfortable with the hospital environment and understand medical treatments and procedures, we provide child Life specialists who work with kids and their families to reduce anxiety. These professionals teach children coping skills and help explain medical situations on an age-appropriate level. They also offer activities to occupy kids during hospital stays and encourage them to express their feelings through art.

    Transport Services

    If a child at another Las Vegas hospital needs the specialized care and equipment available at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our transport team can safely transfer him or her to our emergency room using an ambulance, fixed-wing aircraft, or helicopter. This ensures that patients receive the best care possible with minimal risk.

    With the proper precautions, you can minimize your child’s risk of needing emergency medical care. For advice on preventing injuries and recognizing illness, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s non-emergency Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437. Our nurses are available any time to answer your health-related questions or refer you to a pediatric specialist.