• How Cigarette Companies Rob the Future by Marketing to Today’s Youth

    While the effects of cigarette smoking have become much more widely recognized among today’s adults, kids may not realize the damage they are doing by picking up a cigarette in middle or high school. In the past, cigarette companies were able to overtly advertise to children, but laws have limited their freedom in marketing. As this video explains, however, tobacco companies are still reaching children with products like eCigarettes that can do great harm. If people don’t start smoking before the age of 20, they are not likely to become regular smokers later in life. This means that childhood years are critical in making a clear message to children about the dangers that smoking presents.

    If you are a smoker and you want to set an example for your child by quitting, reach out to Sunrise Children’s Hospital to learn about the resources available to you. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line can offer guidance and answers to your questions, so call us today at (702) 731-5437. 

  • Tips for Staying Safe on Holiday Road Trips

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    If you are planning to travel for the holidays, there are some special steps you should take in mapping out your road trip when the kids are tagging along. In general, roads are busier during the holiday season and there is a higher rate of car accidents. When you have to account for younger passengers on your trip, you might have some extra safety issues in the event of a roadside emergency or collision . Here is a look at a few of the ways you can improve safety on the road and make the most of your travels.

    Keep Kids in the Right Kind of Car Seat

    Children should be seated in the back seat of the car until they reach age 12, and they should have some type of car or booster seat until they can wear a seatbelt correctly with the lower band passing over the lap and shoulder reaching the top of the belt. Rear-facing seats are the safest choice, so they should be used as long as possible with consideration to your child’s weight and height. Even on long road trips, you will want to have your children secured in a car seat.

    Shorten Driving Time When Kids Are in the Car

    Younger children do not have much patience for long car rides, so you might consider taking a shorter trip or breaking the drive up over several days. Cranky kids in the backseat may be a big distraction while you are driving, which means that games, books, and small toys might be essentials for the trip.

    Have Healthy Snacks and Bottled Water on Hand

    Injuries and accidents can take place when you are pulled over for minor roadside issues like engine trouble or a flat tire. To keep kids from wandering into unsafe areas or getting dehydrated during the wait for roadside assistance, make sure that you always have bottled water in the car along with some healthy non-perishable snacks.

    Are you planning a holiday road trip this year? Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you plan the safest possible trip through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437. You can also visit us for free car seat check-up events taking place monthly in Las Vegas.

  • Reasons to Consider Volunteering this Holiday Season

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    The holidays are often a source of stress, because so many people end up overspending and overindulging throughout the season. With this pattern, it can be easy to forget that the holidays are a time for giving and sharing with the community. To get back to the roots of what the holidays are about, you might offer some of your time by volunteering this year. There are many ways to volunteer for the holidays, and any way you contribute can make a big difference when people truly need their spirits lifted. Not only is the demand high for volunteers this time of year, but the festive spirit of the season can make volunteering more fun. Plus, you will be setting a great example for your friends and loved ones, who might give something back themselves following in your footsteps.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital welcomes volunteers throughout the year with opportunities that make a difference for Las Vegas’s youngest patients. To learn about the application process for our hospital volunteers, visit our website or call us at (702) 731-5437. 

  • Taking a Closer Look at the Child Life Department at Sunrise Children’s Hospital

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    The hospital can be a scary and stressful place for kids, which may cause complications in the healing process for young patients. Sunrise Children’s Hospital works to provide a more welcoming environment for pediatric care with help from our Child Life Department, which is dedicated to assisting patients and their families through their hospital stays.

    The Child Life Department offers services that include age-appropriate games and activities, holiday celebrations, emotional support, pain management, and sibling preparation for hospital visitation. They also welcome special visitors like therapy dogs, volunteers, storytellers, and Dr. Magic, who puts on performances for the hospital’s young patients and their families. With this extra care and attention, children in the hospital for any number of conditions may feel more comfortable and cared for, which results in a smoother transition back home.

    To learn more about the extra care you can expect for your child at Sunrise Children’s Hospital , visit our website or call us at (702) 731-5437. Our Las Vegas hospital provides neonatal intensive care, pediatric cardiac services, and dedicated pediatric oncology to ensure the highest level of care in the region. 

  • Knowing the Signs of Pediatric Heart Defects

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    About one in 100 babies are born with some type of congenital heart disease, and most of these cases will present during infancy or even during gestation. In these stages, physicians will be able to clearly identify heart defects and begin planning treatment. However, there are some signs that may arise as children grow a little older and begin to present symptoms of congenital heart disease. In some rare cases, congenital cardiac defects will not be diagnosed until adulthood, but this is not likely for most patients. Parents should remember that pediatric heart defects are highly treatable, so the following signs should be immediately brought to the attention of a pediatrician to minimize the potential for complications.

    Feeding Problems

    Sometimes infants with heart defects will have trouble feeding or gaining weight, and these are both issues that your pediatrician may ask about during routine visits. When defects do not present symptoms until later on in a child’s life, the child may still be below the average height and weight for his or her age group.

    Breathing Difficulties

    Cardiac and respiratory issues are often interconnected, so a child might have trouble breathing with a heart defect . In very young infants, the only sign may be blue skin, which can indicate that a baby is not getting enough oxygen in his or her body.

    Immune Disorders

    Congenital heart defects may be isolated problems, or they can be the result of immune disorders such as DiGeorge syndrome. Disorders of this nature are frequently diagnosed at birth through infant screenings performed at the hospital.

    Heart Murmurs

    Most often, congenital heart defects not identified during infancy are diagnosed due to heart murmurs. During a physical exam, the pediatrician will listen to your child’s heart to note any abnormalities in the heart beat. Heart murmurs are commonly heard in children, but they are typically not a sign of something serious. Your child’s pediatrician will determine whether or not further testing is needed to diagnose a potential heart murmur.

    With Sunrise Children’s Hospital in your community, you can feel confident that your child is receiving excellent cardiac care through one of the largest pediatric heart care programs in the western U.S. To learn what sets us apart, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437. 

  • Handling the Flu When Your Child Has Asthma

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    Did you know that Asthma is the leading cause for flu complications that can lead to hospitalization among kids during flu season ? Parents of children who have asthma should be particularly cautious when it comes to flu prevention and treatment. Here are a few steps you should take if your child has asthma so that the flu does not cause a medical emergency in your household.

    Become a Stickler for Immunization

    Not only should your child have the flu shot (not the nasal spray), but the whole family should be immunized to reduce the spread of the virus. If possible, you might also encourage your child’s friends and their families to have the flu shot too, since higher rates of vaccination can further inhibit the spread of the flu throughout your community.

    Ask Your Child’s Pediatrician about Anti-Viral Treatment

    You should learn to identify flu symptoms right away, since anti-viral treatment can be effective when symptoms are spotted quickly and medication is prescribed immediately. Anti-viral treatment may not cure the flu completely, but it can significantly reduce symptoms and shorten the life of the illness.

    Maintain the Right Environment at Home

    Aside from the flu shot, cleanliness is the best method of prevention when it comes to influenza. Frequent hand washing and disinfecting surfaces throughout the home should be a regular part of your flu season routine. You might also consider having air ducts cleaned and doing some heavy-duty dusting to eliminate asthma triggers in the air at home.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital can be your partner for flu prevention this winter and provide reliable emergency care if flu complications become a problem in your household. Our Las Vegas pediatric ER is the largest in the area, providing care for more than 30,000 children each year. For flu prevention tips from our registered pediatric nurses, call our healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437 or visit us online. 

  • What Are the Risk Factors for Childhood Cancer?

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    Most people tend to associate cancer with lifestyle factors that contribute to a higher cancer risk later on in life. In the case of childhood cancers, however, the causes seem to be related to inherited genetic defects and early genetic mutations that take place in cell divisions that occur during fetal development or the first few years of life . Understanding the seemingly random pattern behind the development of childhood cancers can be helpful for parents and families, because cancer diagnoses are often accompanied by feelings of guilt. This article will take a closer look at the risks and causes of childhood cancer so that you are able to better understand your child’s disease and face the treatment process. 

    Inherited Genes

    Sometimes, childhood cancers may be caused by inherited genetic mutations from one or both parents. In some cases, parents may not even be aware of the DNA changes they are passing on to their children, because they are only identifiable through genetic testing. Still, it is important to remember that inherited genetic abnormalities only account for a small handful of childhood cancers. It is much more likely that the DNA changes are random and take place before the child is even born.

    Acquired Genetic Mutation

    When DNA mutations are not inherited, they are called acquired mutations, and they tend to happen very early in a child’s life, maybe even in gestation. During this period, cells are dividing at a rapid rate, and errors may occur, causing genetic mutation. From the point of mutation onward, all cells that come from that mutated cell will have changes to its DNA. Unfortunately, the likelihood for acquired mutations is very unpredictable.

    Environmental Causes

    Research has been conducted to explore environmental causes for childhood cancer, but these seem to be rarely, if at all, involved in the risk. Radiation exposure is the most commonly linked environmental factor with childhood cancers, though most of these cancers still appear to have no outside causes.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital can offer hope following a diagnosis of childhood cancer with the only dedicated pediatric oncology unit in the state of Nevada. You can explore our oncology services on our website or reach us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437.