• Tips for Diapering Your Newborn

    Having a baby can be the most exciting moment of a woman’s life. Many first-time moms, however, are unsure about some aspects of newborn care. This video provides some helpful tips for mothers who may need some extra advice for diapering their newborn. The host discusses how to best position the baby during diapering, what materials are needed, and how to keep him or her comfortable during the process. Watch to learn more.

    Are you looking to become a parent in the near future? Sunrise Children’s Hospital wants to help you have a healthy pregnancy—call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line today at (702) 731-5437 to speak with an experienced and compassionate medical professional in the Las Vegas area.

  • Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

    Family  picnicking together

    When your child ventures outdoors for play and sports this summer, make sure she is well protected from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Not only can sunburns be quite painful, but that may also increase a child’s risk for developing skin cancer later in life.

    The best way to avoid harmful damage to the skin is to seek shade as much as possible—especially during midday when the UV rays are most intense. If your child must be in the sunlight during these hours, encourage them to cover their skin with long-sleeved garments. Purchase a sun hat that provides ample shade to the ears, neck, scalp, and face. Sunglasses are also a vital part of the summer wardrobe as they protect the sensitive tissues of the eyes from UV.

    In addition to all of the above, purchase and have your child apply a broad spectrum of (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of at least 30 SPF for extra protection. For more sun safety information, contact the pediatric healthcare experts of Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437.

  • Bike Safe, Bike Smart

    The warm, sunny weather of summer can be a great time for bicycling. Whether you are teaching your child to ride for the first time or simply taking a relaxing ride around the neighborhood, make sure that you stay safe.

    By watching this video with your child, you both can learn more about the best ways to stay healthy and safe while enjoying a bike ride. The hosts discuss the importance of wearing a helmet, watching carefully for cars, and using your hands to indicate that you’re going to turn.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital , we want to help your family stay healthy and safe all year round. Contact our healthcare team today at (702) 731-5437 to get more helpful information about injury prevention and staying safe this summer.

  • What Is Patent Ductus Arteriosus?

    Smiling baby boy

    As a baby grows in the mother’s womb, the child’s blood is not oxygenated via the lungs, as it is after birth. Instead, oxygen is transferred from mother to baby through the umbilical cord. Fetal blood bypasses the baby’s non-functional, fluid-filled lungs through a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus. Once the baby is born and cries for the first time, his or her lungs fill with air and the ductus arteriosus closes over the following minutes to days. As a physician from Sunrise Children’s Hospital will tell you, this process may be complicated by patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).

    PDA Basics
    Patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA, occurs when the ductus arteriosus does not close after birth. As a result, the newly oxygenated blood coming from the lungs mixes with the deoxygenated blood in the pulmonary artery. This allows too much blood to flow to the lungs, leading to strain on the heart and high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery.

    Depending on the severity of a child’s PDA, the only noticeable symptom may be a heart murmur. Serious cases may lead to fast breathing or difficulty breathing—some babies may need to be placed on a ventilator to ensure they are getting enough oxygen. Infants may also show fatigue, poor appetite, and lack of weight gain. While any newborn can suffer from patent ductus arteriosus , premature babies are more likely to be affected. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, PDA is also twice as common in girls as it is in boys.

    Treatment of PDA can involve medications, catheter-based procedures, or surgery—all of which have the goal of closing the PDA and restoring healthy circulation. As a leader in children’s heart care, Sunrise Children’s Hospital is proud to offer comprehensive care to children in need of delicate heart procedures. Our compassionate and experienced surgeons provide consistently high-quality care to the infants and children of Nevada.

    Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line today at (702) 731-5437 for more information about our heart care services.

  • Chronic Sinusitis and Your Child

    Boy Blowing his Nose

    The sinuses are air-filled pockets in the skull that are located around the nose. These cavities exist to reduce the weight of the skull, add resonance to your voice, and help filter and humidify the air you breathe. When the openings of the sinuses become blocked, the mucus in the cavities accumulates and the sinuses become inflamed and painful. This condition is called sinusitis. Read on to learn more about how chronic sinusitis can affect your child and how your Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help:

    Children who suffer from chronic sinusitis experience the symptoms of sinusitis for 12 weeks or more despite attempts to treat the condition. Symptoms often include pain and tenderness in the face, nasal congestion, reduced smell and taste sensations, and difficulty breathing through the nose. Children may also suffer from ear pain, toothache, cough, sore throat, and fatigue.

    Chronic sinusitis can have a variety of causes. In children, allergies or asthma can be a major cause of sinus pain and pressure. A deviated septum—or the displacement of the thin bone between the nasal passages—can lead to obstruction of the sinus openings and chronic problems with sinus pressure. Colds, the flu, and other respiratory infections can also lead to inflammation in the respiratory tract, which can cause thickening of the sinus membranes and obstruction of the sinus openings.

    The experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are now proud to offer a new, advanced treatment for chronic sinusitis—the balloon sinuplasty. With this minimally invasive procedure, children can find relief for sinus pain and pressure without the need for large, open incisions. Once the procedure is finished, children are often able to return to their daily activities quickly and with significantly reduced discomfort.

    For more information about chronic sinusitis and the balloon sinuplasty procedure, contact the healthcare team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital by calling (702) 731-5437.