• Tips for Selecting the Right Pediatrician

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    Parents are often encouraged to select a pediatrician before their child is born. This enables the pediatrician to examine the child shortly after birth and to spare the parents the task of finding a pediatrician during the busy days following birth. Many parents rely on recommendations from friends and family members, while others may prefer to select a pediatrician who is associated with a major children’s hospital. Regardless, parents can have the opportunity to interview the pediatrician.

    During the interview, parents can learn more about the pediatrician’s background and training, and ask any questions they may have. It’s a good idea for parents to bring a list of questions that are important to them and relevant to their situation. For example, it may be especially important for one parent to select a pediatrician who is supportive of bottle feeding, while another parent may prefer a pediatrician who is accepting of attachment parenting. Parents should also ask practical questions, such as those involving what the office hours are, what to do in the event of an after-hours emergency, and how quickly appointments can be made.

    The Pediatric Unit at Sunrise Children’s Hospital features specially trained pediatricians who have extensive knowledge regarding the developmental, medical, and emotional needs of youngsters. Las Vegas parents can call (702) 731-5437 to reach a registered nurse at our children’s hospital .

  • Why Heart Health Matters for Kids Too

    Heart health is commonly thought of as a concern that belongs to older adults, when in fact, leading a heart-healthy lifestyle is critical at every age. Pediatricians recommend helping children establish healthy habits as early as possible to lower the risk of heart disease later in life. These healthy habits include being physically active every day, limiting sugar intake, and eating a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have teamed up for their “Life is Why” campaign, which promotes healthy living for families. Through advocacy initiatives and public awareness campaigns, these organizations are promoting the idea that health allows kids to live life to the fullest.

    In addition to our children’s emergency care, Sunrise Children’s Hospital provides Las Vegas families with a state-of-the-art Heart Care Program, which includes advanced pediatric heart care services not available anywhere else in the state. You can speak with a registered nurse at our children’s hospital by calling (702) 731-5437.

  • A Look at Ear Health in Young Children

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    Ear infections and other ear, nose, and throat problems are among the most common reasons for a visit to the children’s hospital. In fact, February has been designated as Kids ENT Health Month to promote awareness of the importance of ear health in young children. This designation seeks to raise awareness about the importance of prompt treatment for ENT problems, such as ear infections. If you suspect your child may have hearing loss or another ear-related medical condition, a pediatrician at your local children’s hospital can help.

    Otitis Media

    Otitis media is another term for a middle ear infection. Due to the shape of the Eustachian tube in childhood, children are particularly vulnerable to ear infections . When the Eustachian tube becomes obstructed, mucus and pus can accumulate behind the eardrum. If left untreated, an ear infection can lead to hearing loss, an infection of the mastoid bone, or a ruptured eardrum.

    Swimmer’s Ear

    Swimmer’s ear is characterized by the infection of the outer structures of the ear. It’s often caused by swimming; however, it may also develop from bathing or showering. Swimmer’s ear develops when water becomes trapped in the ear canal, which leads to an accumulation of bacteria. Occasionally, the ear canal may become so swollen as to induce temporary hearing loss.

    Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

    As the name implies, noise-induced hearing loss is permanent hearing impairment due to exposure of loud noises. Exposure to very loud noises can damage and eventually kill the hair cells, or sensory cells, within the ear. Once destroyed, these cells cannot grow back, which is why the hearing impairment is permanent. Kids are at a high risk of NIHL because they are prone to turning up the volume while wearing headphones or earbuds.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas, you’ll find a full spectrum of healthcare services specifically designed with the youngest of patients in mind. Our children’s hospital provides exceptional emergency care, care for high-risk pregnancies, and much more. Parents can obtain a referral to a specialist at our children’s hospital by calling (702) 731-5437.

  • Heart Health Tips for the Youngest Members of Your Family

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    All children can benefit from leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, whether or not they’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition at the pediatric hospital. Parents can work with their local pediatricians to find creative ways of enticing children to make heart-healthy decisions, such as staying physically active and making wise food choices. Bear in mind that if your child does have a heart condition, it’s a good idea to consult a pediatrician at the children’s hospital about exercise and dietary recommendations.

    Assign Household Chores

    Many kids love sports, but they may not play them every day. A good way to keep your child physically active every day is to assign household chores that get them moving . Ask your child to help you dig a vegetable garden, rake the lawn, vacuum the house, or wash and wax the family car.

    Encourage Play with the Family Dog

    If your family has a dog, your child can stay physically active playing with him or her. Take your child, dog, and Frisbee or tennis ball to the park or local dog park. Remember to pack plenty of water for all of you. When it’s time to walk the dog around the block, invite your child to come with you. Or, assign older children the job of walking the dog by themselves.

    Ask Your Kids to Help in the Kitchen

    Making healthy food choices is essential for supporting heart health. Kids are often selective about what they prefer to eat. However, they may be more likely to try new healthy foods if they help you prepare them. Take your child to the grocery store and tour the produce department together. Let him or her pick out some vegetables and other healthy foods to try, and then prepare a meal together at home.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care for the youngest members of families throughout Las Vegas. At our children’s hospital, you’ll find Nevada’s only pediatric cath lab and the state’s most comprehensive NICU and PICU departments. For more information about our hospital, contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 731-5437.