• How Kids Explain Heart Attacks

    What does a heart attack look like through the eyes of a child? The American Heart Association asked kids to explain heart attacks, and this video captures their answers.

    It turns out that kids see heart attacks in much the same way adults do. They expect heart attacks to look like they do on television, where a victim clutches their chest and crumples to the floor. Although some heart attack occur this way, it is important to know that many people have only subtle symptoms when experiencing a heart attack.

    Heart problems can and do strike kids. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our children’s emergency care room and pediatric cardiology team can help.  Learn more  about the services at our Southern Nevada hospital by calling (702) 731-5437. 

  • Teaching Your Kids About Stroke and Lifelong Prevention

    It is never too early to start teaching your kids about healthy habits. One topic kids can start learning about early is stroke. Stokes are one the leading causes of death in the U.S. and the No. 1 cause of disability. Teaching kids about strokes has several benefits. First, although most strokes occur in people over the age of 65, they can and do happen in children, so it helps kids to understand the symptoms. Likewise, when kids know the symptoms, they can recognize them in other people so that they can alert someone when emergency care is required. Lastly, kids can learn healthy habits that will reduce their own stroke risks. Here are some suggestions for helping your kids learn about strokes.

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    Talk About the Symptoms
    Tell your kids what symptoms someone having a stroke is likely to experience. Most stroke patients have drooping on one side of their faces or bodies. In many cases, they may also experience slurred speech and confused thinking. Whenever these symptoms strike, it is important to get emergency care right away. Every minute counts with a stroke, since brain tissue will continue to die until treatment begins.  Teach your kids to dial 911  at the first sign of a stroke in someone else.

    Teach Prevention
    No one can completely eradicate the chance of having a stroke, but many risk factors are controllable. Talk to your kids about the importance of not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting physical activity every day. Many cases of type 1 diabetes are diagnosed by pediatricians, which itself significantly increases the risk of stroke. If your child becomes diabetic, work closely with him or her to teach proper blood sugar management, which will help curb the risk of a stroke for life.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we believe  good pediatric care  involves doctors and families working together to give kids the tools to be healthy now and well into adulthood. Explore the pediatric services at our hospital by calling (702) 731-5437. 

  • Why Children Need Special Care for the Flu

    As an adult, the flu might not seem like much more than an annoyance. For kids, the flu can be a medical emergency. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 20,000 kids end up in pediatric hospitals each year because of complications related to the flu. Why is the flu so risky for children? What can you do to protect your own kids? Here is what you need to know.

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    Why Is the Flu Dangerous for Kids?
    There are a number of reasons kids tend to suffer more flu complications than adults. Most of it comes down to the immune system . Kids typically don’t have fully functioning immune systems, so it is more difficult for them to fight off the infection. Children who have chronic medical conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, or asthma, have even greater chances of suffering dangerous side effects when they get the flu.

    What Are Some of the Risks?
    Flu complications come in many varieties. Respiratory problems are common, especially in kids with asthma. A flu infection can lead into pneumonia in some kids. Kids may also suffer extremely high fevers that can lead to severe dehydration and even brain damage. Severe vomiting may also occur.

    What Can I Do to Protect My Kids?
    Start by getting your kids a flu shot. They are recommended for kids over six months of age. Get vaccinated yourself, especially if you have kids under six months or who have chronic health conditions. If your child shows flu symptoms, call the pediatrician right away. Antiviral medicines are appropriate in some cases. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, seek emergency care at a pediatric ER right away.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital , our pediatrics team is on standby to help your child before, during, and after a case of the flu. Come to our ER for emergency care if complications develop, and make an appointment with one of our experts for a flu shot. Get answers to your questions about the services at our hospital by calling (702) 731-5437.

  • One Teen’s Weight Loss Story

    With child obesity reaching unprecedented levels, it’s clear that something has to be done. Some kids and teenagers are taking weight loss into their own hands and embracing healthier lifestyles.  

    This video tells the story of Brandon, a 17 year old whose poor eating habits led him to gain about 140 lbs. during his childhood and teen years. He lost weight once he started riding his bike to school, and made it his goal to complete a triathlon. Not only has his new lifestyle helped him lose weight, but it has improved his mood and helped increase his confidence.

    The medical professionals at Sunrise Children’s Hospital want Las Vegas-area children to be as healthy as possible. Call (702) 731-5437 to speak with a representative and schedule an appointment with one of our  pediatricians

  • Knowing How to Help Your Child Find Relief from Flu

    Flu is more dangerous for kids than adults. Young children are much more prone to complications associated with the flu and are more likely to need emergency care because of flu symptoms . This video offers tips to help you cope when your child comes down with a bad case of flu.

    To start, consider reducing your child’s risk of getting flu in the first place by getting him or her a flu shot. Talk to your child’s pediatrician to see if the vaccine is right for then. If your child does get the flu, call his or her pediatrician as soon as symptoms begin. Antiviral medications can help in some cases.

    If your child is short of breath, has a high fever, or other troubling symptoms with the flu, seek emergency care at  Sunrise Children’s Hospital . You can reach our hospital at (702) 731-5437. 

  • Helping Your Child Maintain an Active Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

    Most people associated heart disease with adults, but pediatric cardiology problems can and do impact thousands of families every year. Even if your child doesn’t have a heart problem now, setting a foundation of good health during childhood will help him or her prevent heart disease as an adult. How can you help your child develop good heart health habits that will serve him or her well into the future? Here are some useful tips.

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    Dish Up Healthy Foods
    Give your child a good nutritional foundation by making  healthy meals  a standard in your household. Your child doesn’t have to give up all of the treats associated with childhood, but avoid making meals of fast food, pizza, and other low-nutritional value foods a regular occurrence. Instead, serve balanced meals and use fruit, veggies, and low-fat cheese for snacks. If your child adapts to eating healthy foods when he or she is young, he or she will have fewer problems sticking to that regime as an adult.

    Make Activity a Requirement
    In today’s digital world, more and more kids are spending hours behind computer screens and video games. Limit your child’s time doing sedentary activities, and instead, require him or her to spend time being active each day. This can include anything from playing outside to taking part in a team sport. Sixty minutes of activity each day is great for heart health for kids.

    Lead by Example
    It’s hard to teach your child to make smart health choices if you don’t follow your own advice. All of the things you do to help your child maintain good heart health can work for you as well. Make staying healthy a family affair.

    If heart trouble does strike, the only facility in Nevada with a pediatric cardiology program is  Sunrise Children’s Hospital . We also offer pediatric emergency care, a NICU, and much more. Make an appointment with one of our experts by calling our children’s hospital, serving Southern Nevada and the surrounding region at (702) 731-5437. 

  • What Are the Healthiest New Year’s Resolutions for Kids?

    Adults aren’t the only ones who can benefit from making healthy New Year’s resolutions. A new year is also a great time for kids to assess things and make commitments to a healthier lifestyle . What kinds of resolutions should you encourage for your kids? Here are some ideas to get you started.

    The same kinds of diet and exercise commitments adults make are also good for kids. Talk to your kids about age-appropriate goals, such as choosing fruit for one snack per day or joining a sports team. If your child has a health problem, such as type 1 diabetes, work with them, and their doctor, to get them more involved in managing the condition. The trick is to set achievable goals and to celebrate when those goals are achieved.

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    The expert pediatrics team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Southern Nevada can help you work with your child to reach for healthy goals. Trust us for everything from emergency care to immunizations. Find out more about our expert  pediatric care  by calling (702) 731-5437. 

  • Tasty and Nutritious Snacks During and After the Holidays

    Everyone loves holiday foods. Unfortunately, holiday favorites are either fatty, extremely sugary, or both. For this reason, many people gain significant weight during the holidays. To keep yourself and your kids healthy and satisfied this holiday season, consider the following tasty and nutritious holiday treats. If you have any questions about proper nutrition , contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

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    Whole-Wheat Cookies
    Cookies can be found in virtually every home during the holidays, ruining diets everywhere. However, there is a healthier way to enjoy this delicious treat. Whole-wheat cookies, which are made with whole-wheat flour, are a tasty and nutritious alternative to traditional sugar cookies.

    Holiday Bark
    For a slightly  healthier option , consider throwing together cranberries, sliced almonds, rice cereal, and white chocolate to create your own holiday bark. Cranberries have plenty of antioxidants, almonds have a lot of vitamin E, and rice cereal is great for digestion. Even white chocolate provides a good dose of calcium.

    Fruit Jellies
    It’s often difficult for children to get enough fruits and vegetables during the holidays. To help your children get more fruit into their diet, consider making tasty jellies with real fruit juice. These treats are very simple and inexpensive to make, and your kids will love them.

    Veggies and Dip
    While the above treats are healthier than traditional holiday snacks, your child should only eat them occasionally. For a daily snack, consider giving your children plates of carrots, celery, broccoli, and other vegetables. To make the vegetables more appetizing, consider pairing them with tasty dips. You can make some great dips with sour cream, yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice. When in doubt, you can always rely on ranch to accompany your child’s veggie snack.

    With the help of the experts at  Sunrise Children’s Hospital , you can avoid the unhealthy treats of the holiday season and replace them with delicious and nutritious alternatives. Call us at (702) 731-5437 to set up an appointment or visit our website to learn all about our pediatric services. You can also use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line if you have any health-related questions.  

  • Healthy Resolutions for the Whole Family

    For most people, a new year marks a fresh start. Those who wish to change something about their lives use January 1st as an excuse to make those changes happen. However, individual resolutions can be difficult to honor, which is why families often choose to make resolutions together and hold each other accountable.

    Most resolutions center around improving one’s health. As a family, you could pledge to eat less fast food, include more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and spend more time exercising. You can also use resolutions to bargain with your children. For example, if they promise to cook dinner once a week, you might agree to delay their curfew by one hour. To strengthen your bond as a family, consider making resolutions that will encourage you to spend more time together. You could designate Wednesday as “family game night,” for instance.

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    Do you have any questions about your child’s health? Don’t hesitate to call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437. Our experts and other medical professionals are always available to address  your child’s health concerns .