• Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy in the Holiday Season

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    When you are expecting a bundle of joy during the holiday season, you may find that your normal busy holiday routine can be too much to handle both physically and mentally. Pregnancy can cause you to feel tired, sore, and drained, so you might plan your holidays a little differently this year to avoid putting extra stress on yourself and your baby. Below you will see some tips for staying healthy while still enjoying the holidays.

    Stay Close to Home

    Traveling can be particularly hard on expecting moms who are still experiencing morning sickness or are in the last trimester of pregnancy, so you might consider staying home even if you usually travel. If you do enjoy getting away for the holidays, you might consider picking a destination closer to home in later months of your pregnancy so that you can travel comfortably in the car.

    Be a Stickler about Food Safety

    Pregnancy can put you at an increased risk for food poisoning , which is prevalent around the holidays as large meals are prepared and cross-contamination is more likely. To play it safe, you should always wash your hands before eating and after handling raw food. You might also ask questions about how foods like cookies, Caesar salad dressing, mayonnaise, and egg nog were made to be sure that you don’t ingest raw eggs or alcohol.

    Keep Your To-Do List Limited

    Between decorating, shopping, and holiday cooking, you may have a high-stress routine for the holiday season. It may be helpful to cut down your typical holiday to-do list with help from friends and family so that you have time to breathe and de-stress.

    Limit Sugar Intake

    When you attend a holiday party and you are not enjoying the alcoholic refreshments, it can be easy to spend too much time at the dessert table filling up on holiday treats. You can limit the temptation and keep your sugar intake more moderate by eating a high-protein meal before any holiday event so that you stay full and have energy to get through the evening.

    For the personalized, detailed prenatal care and ideal delivery setting you will want during your pregnancy, choose Sunrise Children’s Hospital for your labor and delivery . You can schedule a tour of our maternity department by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437. 

  • The Reality of Tobacco-Related Deaths

    There has been a general trend toward minimizing smoking and secondhand smoke with initiatives to limit public areas where tobacco use is permitted, but smoking still continues to take all too many lives every year. As this video explains, there have been 20,000,000 deaths since the surgeon general first explained the dangers of smoking in 1964. This means that almost everyone has a friend, family member, or loved one who has died because of tobacco use. On average, tobacco takes the lives of 400,000 people every year, but this can end with an even bigger push against cigarette smoking from all individuals.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital encourages Las Vegas area residents to kick the habit of smoking this November during the Great American Smokeout for the health of the youngest, most vulnerable members of our community. You can visit us online or call (702) 731-5437 to learn about some of the ways that you can quit once and for all. 

  • Recognizing How Secondhand Smoke Endangers Children

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    If you are a smoker, you might think that the danger of smoking is only to yourself. However, secondhand smoke can pose just as many health risks to those around you—especially the youngest members of your family. Children are more susceptible to immediate respiratory problems associated with cigarette smoking such as asthma and chronic upper respiratory infections. Tooth decay, pneumonia, and ear infections may also be the result of secondhand smoke exposure. Even before babies are born they may be at risk for health problems from secondhand smoke, so it is best for parents and close family members to quit smoking as soon as possible. You might also avoid bringing children to areas where smoking is allowed, since others may smoke around your kids without considering the danger. Statistically, children of smokers miss more school days and have a higher risk of long-term health complications than children of parents who do not smoke.

    To quit smoking for good and improve the health of the kids in your life, consider participating in the Great American Smokeout this November. You can find resources that will help you make quitting a lasting effort by visiting Sunrise Children’s Hospital or calling us at (702) 731-5437.

  • How to Cut Sodium from Your Child’s Diet

    Sodium is hiding in a number of different foods, and it can be harmful if it is consumed in large quantities. Children who eat too much sodium are at risk for higher blood pressure later in life, and they may already have elevated blood pressure during adolescence.

    This video offers some helpful tips on identifying high-sodium foods and cooking with lower amounts of salt. Using herbs and citrus fruit can flavor foods without the added salt, but there is no way to control the salt quantity in prepackaged foods, which are typically very high in salt.

    If you are looking for ways to improve your child’s health, Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers several classes for the community and provides health tips through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. You can reach us at (702) 731-5437 to speak with a registered nurse 24/7. 

  • Tips for Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

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    Every year, cold and flu season causes children to miss school and in some cases require care in the emergency room as these two common viruses spread rapidly among kids and adults. The first line of defense is the annual flu shot, but it is still possible for kids to get sick even if they have been immunized.

    To get your home ready for cold and flu season, you might stock up on some essential supplies like tissues, canned soups, and child-safe cold medicine. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and extra antibacterial soap can also be helpful both in and out of the home. You might donate these supplies to your child’s classroom in addition to purchasing them for the house, since germs spread quickly in schools.

    If your child does get sick, you can find the most reliable care at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. We provide care at all levels for patients under the age of 18 with a child-friendly ER that maintains some of the lowest wait times in the region. You can learn more about our services by calling us at (702) 731-5437 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

  • What Will It Take to End Childhood Obesity?

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    Childhood obesity is a complex problem that does not have one simple solution, because there is no single cause contributing to the rising rate of obesity seen among America’s youth. Still, this is a problem that is worth solving, as obesity costs millions of dollars in healthcare costs each year due to conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. These issues were once very rare among children but have now become frequently diagnosed problems in an overall heavier youth population. Plus, obesity in children tends to have mental consequences as well with low self-esteem and higher rates of depression in kids and teens. This article will take a look at some of the possible ways that childhood obesity can be controlled to promote better health for future generations.

    A Family Approach

    Home life is closely tied with a child’s risk for obesity, and there is a correlation between family mealtimes and obesity rates. Children who sit down to longer family dinners in the kitchen or dining room rather than the family room are less likely to be overweight. Warm and nurturing homes are also conducive to growing up at a healthier weight, since kids who have parents with restrictive eating guidelines and hostile attitudes tend to have poor habits when it comes to self-regulating eating.

    Improved Public Infrastructure

    Eating habits are only part of the equation when it comes to childhood obesity , because physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy weight. Unfortunately, cities have become less accessible for safe walking and biking, so kids are not presented with as many opportunities to stay active. This has been recognized as a contributing factor for obesity in many areas of the country, where there are initiatives to provide kids with safer parks and walkways to make activity a part of daily life.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you set the groundwork for better eating habits with your children through our nutritional services . Get to know us and connect with one of our clinical dieticians on our website or by calling (702) 731-5437. 

  • Overcoming the Common Challenges of Breastfeeding

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    When it comes to feeding your newborn , breastfeeding is best for your and your baby’s health. Not only does breastfeeding ensure that your baby gets optimal nutrition to boost his immune system, but it can also help you shed baby weight and prevent health problems for yourself in the future. Plus, breastfeeding can strengthen the bond between you and your baby as you introduce him to the world. However, there can be some challenges along the way that make breastfeeding more difficult and cause significant discomfort. With the tips in this article, you can alleviate these challenges so that you are able to continue breastfeeding.

    Work with a Lactation Consultant

    Before you deliver your baby, you might benefit from a prenatal breastfeeding class that explores the most effective strategies for breastfeeding and remaining comfortable through the process. Once your baby is born, you might work with a lactation consultant in the hospital to help you breastfeed the first few times.

    Don’t Ignore Your Discomfort

    If you do encounter issues like engorgement, sore nipples, or infections, you will want to talk to your doctor and work to resolve the problem rather than just trying to sit through the discomfort. Your baby may also have discomfort of his own that is caused by problems like an oversupply of milk.

    Keep the Right Supplies On-hand 

    Just like every other aspect of newborn care, the right supplies are essential for breastfeeding success . These may include plenty of clean towels, a breast pump you are comfortable using, a supportive and well-fitted bra, and disposable nursing pads. When you are always prepared to breastfeed or pump milk with the right supplies, you will be better able to continue a pattern of success with your nursing.

    By choosing to deliver your baby at Sunrise Children’s Hospital , you will be able to enroll in our breastfeeding class for free and have the support of our staff through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437. Our maternity unit ensures the highest level of care for moms and babies with amenities that will make your delivery a memorable and positive experience. 

  • Signs of Diabetes in Young Children

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    Type 1 diabetes, often referred to as juvenile diabetes, is a condition that does not have many predictable causes and is frequently diagnosed in children. The highest rates of diagnosis are in children between 4 and 7 as well as in preteens between 10 and 14, though type 1 diabetes can appear at any age. When this condition does arise during childhood, parents will be integral to the recognition of the disease and its treatment . Identifying type 1 diabetes early on can minimize the likelihood of early complications and get patients on the right track for their lifelong care. The following signs could indicate type 1 diabetes in your child and should be discussed with a pediatrician so that a blood test can be taken to show whether or not diabetes is the culprit behind these symptoms.

    Frequent Thirst

    If your child frequently complains of being very thirsty, even when drinking plenty of water, you will want to bring this up with the doctor. Extreme thirst paired with frequent urination might be one of the first signs of type 1 diabetes.

    Trouble Gaining Weight

    People with type 1 diabetes have difficulty breaking down sugars and starches to use as energy in their bodies. This means that food is not properly digested and stored, so your child may be slow to gain weight or begin losing weight without trying. The digestive issues caused by type 1 diabetes may also cause chronic fatigue and hunger.

    Blurry Eyesight

    One of the most common complications associated with diabetes is poor eye health, so blurry vision should be evaluated by both an optometrist and a pediatrician. This is particularly true if vision suddenly becomes much worse.

    Dry, Irritated Skin

    Diabetes can cause the skin to remain dry, itchy, and irritated, which means that your child may get frequent rashes or have very slow healing wounds. These issues pose a higher risk for infection, so proper care is essential to avoid more serious issues.

    If you suspect that your child has diabetes, you can rely on the pediatric care offered by Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. We not only offer kid-friendly clinical care , but we also empower parents to promote healthy lifestyles for children from their first moments of life. Learn more about how we can help manage your child’s care on our website or at (702) 731-5437.