• Protecting Your Child from the Flu

    While influenza may not have a huge impact on adults, it can be particularly dangerous for children . According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 20,000 children under five are hospitalized because of flu complications each year. As a parent, you must become familiar with the flu and do everything you can to prevent your child from getting the disease.

    The best way to protect your child from the flu is to make sure they get a flu vaccine before or during each flu season, which runs from fall to early spring. The CDC recommends that everyone older than six months get a vaccine, so you might as well get a shot, too. It’s also a good idea to keep your home surfaces clean and encourage your child to wash their hands regularly.

    Sick Child

    For more tips on keeping your household flu-free this season, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437. You can also become a member of our H2U wellness program and stay informed on a wide range of wellness matters.

  • Keeping Your Child Safe During the Holidays

    For children, the holiday season is the happiest time of the year. The food, family, activities, and presents are enough to make any child brim with excitement. However, there are also a lot of ways in which a child can harm themselves during the holidays. That’s why the experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital urge Southern Nevada parents to take a few important precautions over the next couple months.

    Little girl at Christmas time

    Make Sure They Have Warm Clothes
    Though Southern Nevada tends to stay relatively warm and sunny during the winter, it can cool off considerably at night. Whenever you send your child outside to play, make sure they’re dressed in several warm layers—that way, they can shed articles of clothing if they get too warm. On particularly cold days, make sure your child is outfitted with a warm hat, gloves, and waterproof shoes.

    Keep Decorations Out of Reach
    Like many people, you might decide to put up lights, light candles, and put a tree in your home during the holiday season. Before you put up decorations, consider how they might pose a threat to  your child’s safety . For safety’s sake, place glass ornaments, lights, and other potentially dangerous decorations beyond your child’s reach. In fact, you might consider keeping these items in storage until your child gets older.   

    Watch What They Eat and Drink
    The holidays are filled with all kinds of festive foods and drinks. If your child is younger than four years old, don’t give them any food that they aren’t used to and could potentially choke on—peanuts and popcorn, for example. It’s also a good idea to watch your child and make sure they don’t try to eat poisonous poinsettias or drink any of the alcohol you might have lying around.  

    The experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are dedicated to keeping children safe during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year. We also offer  wellness services  for expectant mothers with high-risk pregnancies, and our level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the largest, most comprehensive in the state. Call us at (702) 731-5437 to learn more.

  • Have a Safe Holiday Season with These Tips

    While the holidays can be a lot of fun, they can also be dangerous. When getting your tree and putting up your decorations, it’s important to keep a few simple safety tips in mind.

    This video offers a few tips that will help you and your family stay safe this holiday season. If you select a freshly cut Christmas tree, be sure to cut one inch from the bottom so it can easily absorb water. Also, keep the tree away from heat sources and clean up pine needles as they fall. A good idea for the pine needles is to put a blanket or sheet under the tree. This way, the blanket can collect the needles as they fall, and you only have to dump the needles and clean the blanket once. Also, make sure that candles, lights, and ornaments are out of reach of children and pets.

    For those with artificial trees, the cleanup is traditionally easier, but make sure to be careful with where you put any liquids, as well as setting up the tree itself, as those branches can be heavy and are traditionally attached to the tree via metal rods.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital is dedicated to looking after the wellbeing of children throughout the area. Call us at (702) 731-5437 to learn more about the scope of our pediatric healthcare services.

  • Shopping for Safe Toys This Holiday Season

    As a loving parent, you want to do whatever you can to make the holidays live up to your children’s expectations. Watching a child open a present he’s been drooling over for months is an extremely rewarding experience for a parent; still, it’s a parent’s duty to ensure that each present is sufficiently safe. If you have any questions about safe presents, contact the experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital .

    The clean bears

    Avoid Toys with Small Parts
    Choking is a very serious concern for children younger than four. If your child tends to put his toys in his mouth, avoid toys or games with parts that are small enough to get caught in your child’s windpipe. Save these toys for when your child is older.

    Find Washable Stuffed Toys
    The more your child loves a stuffed animal, the filthier it becomes. If your child’s stuffed toys go several months between washings, they could easily pick up potentially harmful bacteria and viruses. You can solve this problem by buying washable stuffed toys and washing them once every few weeks.

    Get Non-Toxic Art Materials
    For the holidays, you might consider giving your child the tools he needs to explore his artistic side. Remember to get items that do not present a choking or poison hazard . Check the packaging to make sure art supplies are nontoxic and approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

    Consider Safety Equipment
    If your child is a little older, you might consider getting him a bicycle, scooter, or roller blades. While a lot of fun, these presents can be quite dangerous without the right safety equipment. To protect your child from falls and scrapes, you must also get a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads.

    With the right guidance, you can find all sorts of safe presents that your child will love. If your child should suffer an accident during the holiday season, consider bringing him to the dedicated pediatric emergency room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Call us today at (702) 731-5437 to speak with one of our representatives.

  • How to Travel Safely During the Holidays When You Are Pregnant

    When you’re pregnant, you want to be as careful with your body as possible to prevent harm from befalling your unborn child. However, that doesn’t mean you should put your whole life on hold for nine months. For example, you might decide to calm your nerves by going on a relaxing vacation. When traveling while pregnant this holiday season, be sure to follow the advice of your Sunrise Children’s Hospital doctor.

    Pregnant blonde with suitcase

    Determining When to Travel
    Since most major health issues occur near the beginning and end of the pregnancy term, many doctors recommend that pregnant women travel during their second trimester. That doesn’t mean you can’t travel during the first or third trimester, but it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor before doing so. For safety’s sake, avoid driving during peak traffic hours or in icy conditions. 

    Preparing for a Trip
    If you’re  planning on a long road trip , make sure you have all the necessary emergency equipment. For instance, you might pack tire chains, a flashlight, blankets, and extra food. If you’re traveling by plane, ask your doctor about motion sickness medication and request an aisle seat so you can stretch your legs. Before you leave, decide which hospital in your destination city you will visit in case there’s an emergency.   

    Arriving at Your Destination
    If you’re staying with family, make sure they have all the accommodations you need to stay comfortable. If not, you may need to book a hotel room. If you’re traveling to a country with questionable tap water, use only bottled or boiled water. You might also stay away from raw meat or fish, as it is more likely to cause food poisoning.  

    Before you firm up your vacation plans, it’s very important that you ask your doctor’s opinion. The experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital will gladly discuss how to make your pregnancy as comfortable as possible. Call us today at (702) 731-5437 to learn about our NICU and  medical services for expectant mothers .