• What Is CMV?

    American doctor talking to woman in surgery

    Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the leading congenital viral infection in the United States. It affects about one in 150 births in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More children have disabilities relating to CMV than other, better-known conditions, including Down Syndrome, pediatric HIV/AIDS, and spina bidifda. The good news is that congenital CMV is preventable with a few steps.

    Moms-to-be should pay close attention to germ prevention. They should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for about 15 to 20 seconds. Many pregnant women pick up CMV via contacts with kids’ saliva or urine, especially if they are already mothers or work in schools. Report symptoms of CMV infection, such as fever, fatigue, and aches, to the doctor right away. Babies born to mothers with CMV can experience developmental difficulties, so reacting to expected infections quickly is important.

    The Level III NICU at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas is available to treat babies born with CMV infections or any other medical emergency. Call our pediatric hospital at (702) 731-5437 to get answers to your questions about our Mother & Baby services and more. 

  • What to Do If Your Child Has a Broken Bone

    Little girl with broken arm

    From playing on sports teams to horsing around in the back yard, active kids are prone to accidents, and broken bones are often part of the fallout. Breaking a bone can be painful for kids and scary for parents, but the good news is that most bones heal completely with treatment in a pediatric emergency room . Here are some things parents can do when they suspect their child has broken a bone.

    Recognize Broken Bone Symptoms

    In many cases, spotting a broken bone is simple. You or your child may actually hear the bone snap. Sometimes, you can see that the bone is misshapen, or it may even pierce the skin. In other instances, broken bones aren’t easy to see. There may just be tenderness and swelling at the site of the injury, and your child may be unable to put pressure on it. Any time you suspect your child has broken a bone, seek immediate emergency care, as leaving it untreated could lead to future complications.

    Prepare for Hospital Visit

    If your child’s injury is to the head or neck area, or if his or her bone has broken through the skin, call an ambulance rather than moving him or her. In other cases, try to stabilize the wound before going to the hospital. Remove clothing from the injured area if possible, but don’t force movement that causes pain. Apply cold compresses wrapped in cloth to ease pain. Create a makeshift splint by wrapping the injured spot with soft padding then securing something firm around the injured area with medical tape. Don’t allow your child to eat or drink in case he or she needs surgery.

    Go to the Emergency Room

    In the ER, doctors will decide if your child needs surgery to stability the bone, or if a cast will be enough. In addition to a cast, your child may need to use a sling to stabilize his or her fracture or crutches to get around.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s emergency care center is ready to deal with all of your little one’s medical emergencies. Find out more about our pediatric services and everything we do at our Las Vegas children’s hospital by calling (702) 731-5437.