• How Can Food-Related Illnesses Be Prevented?

    When a bacterial infection contaminates food, the repercussions can be pervasive and fatal. However, organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work to eliminate food-related illnesses as soon as possible.

    Though the vast majority of food is safe to eat, fruits, vegetables, meats, and even dairy products can become susceptible to bacterial contamination. Once shipped across the country, these products can cause widespread sickness. Upon hearing of an initial sickness outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks its origins and initiates a product recall to spare others of potentially life-threatening illnesses.

    If your child exhibits symptoms of a food-related illness, including vomiting or diarrhea, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437 to speak with a Registered Nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. We can help you determine if you should proceed to our children’s emergency care department in Las Vegas and surrounding communities.

  • Everyday Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Family’s Nutrition

    Family Preparing Meal Together

    A healthy diet doesn’t need to be strenuous or expensive. In fact, good nutrition can be easy when you make provisions for it. Sunrise Children’s Hospital values the nutritional health of our pediatric patients, which is why we have clinical dieticians on staff at our Las Vegas children’s hospital . Yet even in the absence of having a nutritional expert on hand, you can improve the eating habits of your entire family with these great meal tips.

    Prep Wholesome Snacks

    When hunger pangs hit, potato chips and cookies can provide your children with immediate albeit unhealthy satisfaction. However, you can encourage your children to eat more nutritious snacks by making them ahead of time. As you prepare your children’s lunches for school the next day, take an extra minute or two to slice up some cucumbers, carrots, or bell peppers. When you children look in the refrigerator the following afternoon for a treat, they will have delicious and nutritious snacks waiting for them.

    Cook Multiple Meals

    If you put in a late work night during the week, you might be tempted to grab fast food as a quick dinner fix. You can prevent the need to seek high-fat and high-calorie fast food options, though. Simply double your ingredients when you make a meal earlier in the week. Save half of your dinner in the freezer and thaw it in the oven when you come home from your late workday.

    Remove Unhealthy Temptations

    You can’t snack on unhealthy foods when you don’t keep them in the house. To achieve better eating habits at home, keep unwholesome foods out of it. When you do your weekly grocery shopping, ignore the snacks aisle. Concentrate instead on the outer edges of the grocery store where the fresh produce, lean proteins, and dairy products reside.

    Looking for more healthy eating tips that your entire family can enjoy? Call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437 to learn about how you can make nutritious meal choices for your children. You can also browse our website for more detailed information on the treatment services that we offer families living in the greater Las Vegas area.

  • Changing the Way You Read Food Labels

    Nutrition Facts

    If you normally ignore the food labels on the products you purchase, you may be overlooking information essential to the nutritional needs of you and your family. Obesity is a widespread concern across the United States, but when you know the number of calories in the food you eat, you can take steps to avoid this common problem. Taking into consideration the serving size is another important part of maintaining dietary wellness. As healthy as any food may be, consuming excessive amounts of it can increase your calorie intake beyond the recommended guideline of 2,000 calories per day. Seeing if a particular food contains trans fats or added sugars, two ingredients linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health problems, can also help you make wholesome food purchasing decisions.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you raise a healthy family. To learn about the services that our children’s hospital provides to residents of Las Vegas and the surrounding communities, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system to connect with a qualified nurse representative at (702) 731-5437.

  • Teaching Your Child to Eat Right at Home

    Happy kids preparing a meal in the kitchen

    The eating habits you instill in your child can provide the foundation for his dietary health later in life. That is why Sunrise Children’s Hospital hopes to bring greater awareness of how parents can direct their children toward a lifetime of good nutrition. Fostering a love of nutritious meals and snacks can be simple when you follow these dietary suggestions.

    Encourage Rainbow Eating

    Does your child love to draw or paint? You can use his love of color to your advantage when establishing his eating habits. Whether you are at the grocery store or in your own kitchen, encourage your child to pick out fruits and vegetables in vibrant colors. The more colorful the produce, the more vitamins and minerals that it likely contains. So let your child select his favorite hued foods, such as blueberries, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, beets, and bananas.

    Explain Nutritional Benefits

    Once you grab your child’s attention with color, you can explain why these foods are so beneficial to his health. As he snacks on a plate of carrot sticks, talk about how they will help him enjoy clear eyesight. When he finishes his glass of milk, you can inform him that his teeth with be whiter and stronger for it. When you show your child how his food choices can impact his health in demonstrative ways, you can bolster his interest in eating more nutritious meals and snacks.

    Discourage Boredom Snacking

    Food can sometimes provide an escape from boredom. If your child opens the pantry doors when he doesn’t have weeknight or weekend plans, find ways to stop his boredom snacking. For instance, suggest a game of tag with his friends or siblings. You can also turn his downtime in a great opportunity for some quality family time. Take a walk together around the neighborhood or ride bikes down a nearby trail.

    Making wholesome eating choices can also inspire your child to do the same. For more information on how good nutrition can become the cornerstone of a healthy family, call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437. We also encourage you to contact our Las Vegas area children’s hospital for all your family’s healthcare needs.

  • Prenatal Nutrition: Do You Really Need to Eat for Two?

    Pregnancy and nutrition

    The old adage of eating for two during pregnancy is simply not true. Your body will require additional calories to provide for your growing baby, but you need not double your current calorie requirements. In fact, becoming overweight during pregnancy can adversely affect your health and that of your baby. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, and other dangerous conditions. However, trying to diet during pregnancy can also undermine your attempts to have a healthy baby. Consult your obstetrician to find out the right amount of extra calories that you need. According to many health experts, increasing daily intake by approximately 300 calories is enough to provide you and your baby with the nourishment you both need.

    Did you know that Sunrise Children’s Hospital has a Pregnancy Center that you can access for all of your pregnancy-related questions? To learn more about our maternity services, call our Las Vegas community hospital at (702) 731-5437 to speak with a Registered Nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. You can also schedule a tour of our facilities to see firsthand how we can help you have a safe, happy, and healthy pregnancy and delivery.  

  • The Sunrise Health System of Hospitals Awarded Re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission


    Distinction recognizes hospitals for offering the best possible treatment for stroke patients

    Las Vegas (April 4, 2014) — After undergoing on-site evaluations and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the Sunrise Health System of Hospitals – Sunrise Hospital, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital – have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers. Sunrise Health was the first system of Certified Primary Stroke Centers in Las Vegas.

    In order to receive re-certification, the Sunrise Health System hospitals were evaluated by The Joint Commission — the leading healthcare accreditation and certification organization in the United States — using standards for stroke from the recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and American Stroke Association. This includes an assessment of compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of primary stroke center recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care and performance measurement and improvement activities.

    “We are proud to achieve this distinction again from the Joint Commission,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. “Along with our Accredited Chest Pain Centers, both our heart and stroke care programs at all three hospitals provide optimal care for patients needing emergent care.”

    The Certified Stroke Centers at each Sunrise Health Hospital offer diagnosis, treatment, education and outreach. A trained Stroke Team of doctors and nurses works to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible, beginning with emergency medical service workers in the field. By the time a patient arrives at the hospital, the Stroke Team is ready. The hospitals of Sunrise Health were first certified as primary stroke centers in 2009.

    According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

    About Sunrise Health:

    Sunrise Health is the most technologically advanced hospital network in the Southwest.  Committed to providing the finest healthcare, Sunrise Health includes Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as outpatient diagnostic imaging and surgical centers.  Specialty services include advanced cardiovascular services, comprehensive neurological services, a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute, The Breast Center at Sunrise, the state’s most comprehensive Children’s Hospital and women’s healthcare services and Las Vegas’ first network of Certified Primary Stroke Centers and Accredited Chest Pain Centers.

    For more information about Sunrise Health, visit www.SunriseHealthInfo.com .

    Need a Physician, Nurse Advice or Health Information? Call our free 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at ( 702) 233-5300 . In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

  • What Your Child Needs to Know About Surgery

    Preparing your child for surgery can help to ensure a comfortable experience for your entire family. This video offers some tips on how to familiarize your child with common surgical procedures.

    Your child may not be allowed foods for several hours before their surgery, so giving them a nutritious snack prior to the fasting period can help to satisfy their hunger. Upon arriving at the hospital, your child will need to go through the check-in process. Telling them ahead of time that they will be changing into a hospital gown and getting a special sleeping medication can calm their nervousness. They might also find it exciting to learn that the can get a special treat after waking from their surgery.

    Do you have questions about your child’s upcoming surgery ? Call Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 731-5437 to speak with a nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

  • Tips for Preventing Concussions in Your Young Athlete

    American Football - Youth

    Sports can be a healthy part of your child’s life. Whether they prefer a solo activity or team endeavor, your child can gain considerable physical, mental, and social advantages from his participation in sports. Despite their substantial benefits, though, sports can present the possibility of injury as well. Concussions in particular can occur in a wide range of activities, including football, soccer, and hockey. Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers some suggestions for keeping your child safe while he or she is on the court, field, or rink.

    Mandate the Use of Safety Gear

    Many athletic activities require the use of safety helmets to prevent concussions. Yet some children may hesitate to put on their safety gear, as they assume that using it will make them appear weak. Teaching your child that safety equipment is a requisite part of playing sports is fundamental to their well-being. Whether they are playing in a competition or practicing with friends, make sure that they wear their safety helmet at all times.

    Require Proper Training Techniques

    It takes time to become proficient in a given sport. Though your child may be eager to perform at their highest level, trying to do too much too soon can result in a dangerous concussion. To protect your child from this type of head trauma, encourage them to take their instruction slowly and to follow the recommended training practices for safely increasing their strength, endurance, and skill.

    Discuss Safety Measures with Coaches

    The job of a coach is not only to teach their athletes how to compete well, but also to protect them from unnecessary injuries. Before your child begins to train in their sport, discuss your concussion concerns with their coach. Inquire as to the measures that their school or organization has in place to avoid head trauma. When you establish open communication with your child’s coach, you can better ensure that your child has multiple individuals watching over their wellbeing.

    If you suspect that your child has suffered a concussion, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. No matter how minor the concussion, any type of brain trauma requires immediate medical attention. Our Las Vegas emergency care department can see to it that your child receives the rapid professional care they deserve.