• What to Do When Your Infant Has a Fever

    During cold and flu season , infants are highly susceptible to illnesses that can cause fever, which may scary for parents. It is important to remember that fever is a normal part of the body’s immune reaction, and most often fever will be harmless for your baby. Still, you’ll want to know what to do when you see a high temperature in your infant so that you can help him or her feel better. Below, you’ll see the key steps in managing fever symptoms in your baby when he or she is sick.

    Keep your child hydrated

    Plenty of fluids are needed to fight off a fever and help your child get better. Fruit juice, gelatin, and popsicles are good choices though you will want to dilute them with water where possible to reduce excess sugar and avoid diarrhea. Children can also eat with fever, and they will generally tolerate bland foods like hot cereal or crackers best.

    Avoid overdressing your baby

    Fever can be accompanied by chills, which may make you think to bundle your child in blankets or warm clothing. However, this can actually raise the baby’s fever and make it worse. Layering lightweight clothing and keeping the room at a moderate temperature will be best. If your child is still fussy or uncomfortable, try a lukewarm bath or cool sponge bath.

    Know when to seek medical attention

    You should always consult a pediatrician before giving your baby medicine for a fever. If you notice signs such as fever symptoms that go away and come back, crying without tear production, and long periods without wet diapers, you should take your child to the ER right away. A high fever in an infant should not cause panic, as even minor infections can cause high-grade fevers in young children.

    For the emergency care and pediatric care you need for your child in Las Vegas, connect with Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437.

  • The Parents’ Guide to Healthy Holiday Eating

    When children learn the right eating habits early in life, they are less likely to suffer from obesity and related health problems later on. Through the holiday season, it can be easy to let your family’s eating get out of control with high calorie meals and excess sweets, but it is important to keep these bad habits in check to reduce holiday weight gain and set the right example for your kids. Here’s a look at the essential steps in maintaining good health during the holidays with better dietary choices.

    Limit holiday sweets

    While cookies and candy are iconic fixtures of the holiday season, you should indulge in moderation and encourage your children to do the same. To curb candy consumption, try giving your child non-edible stocking stuffers like stickers or temporary tattoos instead of sweets. You might also make sure that healthy snacks are made readily available at holiday events so that your child is not tempted to fill up on empty calories.

    Make healthy substitutions at the dinner table

    At large holiday meals and regular family dinners alike, there are many simple ways to boost the nutritional value of your seasonal favorites. Most savory dishes can easily have veggies added, and swapping out full-fat ingredients for low-fat yogurt, milk, and cheese can make a big difference in the calorie count of any meal.

    Keep portion sizes small

    Portion size is another important consideration for the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving. Be sure to teach your child to fill his or her plate with vegetables and fruit, leaving only small sections for less nutritious choices like potatoes, meat, and stuffing. You should also encourage your child to only take small servings and go back for seconds later, rather than taking a big plate of food to start.

    For more holiday health and safety tips for the whole family, connect with Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. You can reach us on our website or by calling (702) 233-5437.

  • Traveling Safely with Your Kids for the Holidays

    If you are planning a family vacation for the holiday season, you will need to take some extra steps to ensure the safety and comfort of your kids when you travel. There are special considerations for kids when traveling by both car and plane, and this article will discuss the details of each to ensure safe trips all season long.

    Travel by car

    Whether you are taking a day trip or extended road trip for the holidays, the most important component of car safety for kids is a proper car seat or booster seat for older children. When you do take long trips with kids in the car, you may need to pull over for more frequent rest stops, since kids need to stretch and use the bathroom more often. It is also a good idea to keep books, pillows, and small toys in the car to keep your child busy so that he or she does not get fussy for the long ride.

    Travel by plane

    Before going to the airport, you should explain to your child the process of going through airport security and riding on a plane. This will help ease any anxieties your child might have in the hectic environment of the airport, though you might still plan to show up early to ensure that there is plenty of time to get through security, since the process may generally take longer with kids. On the plane, young children may be seated in car safety seats. During the descent, you might offer your child some comfort from ear pain and pressure with a bottle for infants or chewing gum for older kids.

    As you prepare for the holiday season with your family, stay connected with Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. You can reach us for health and safety tips, physician referrals, and information about hospital events by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5437.

  • How to Tell Whether Your Child Has a Cold or Flu

    The common cold (rhinovirus) and the seasonal flu (influenza) have many characteristics in common—including many of their symptoms—but they are different illnesses that will require varying levels of care. Generally, the cold is less severe than the flu, and it will not typically cause complications or lead to hospital visits. Alternatively, the flu can be quite serious for children, and it may lead to other health problems without early care with anti-viral medication prescribed by the pediatrician . Below, you will see some of the ways to distinguish between these two illnesses so that you are able to seek the right care for your child.

    Onset of symptoms

    Typically flu symptoms will appear suddenly, while a cold may develop more gradually over a few days. Early symptoms of a cold may include a cough or sore throat that worsens over two to three days. Flu symptoms might include sudden coughing, sore throat, nasal congestion, decreased appetite, and fatigue.

    Presence of fever

    While fever may be present with a cold or flu, it is more likely to see a high grade fever in children with the flu. With a cold, your child might only have a low grade fever or no fever at all.

    Severity of aches and pains

    The flu may be more debilitating for a child, because it will cause more frequent headaches and body aches. Your child might also have the chills and generally have difficulty getting comfortable with the flu.

    When your child needs emergency care for flu complications, you can count on the kid-friendly pediatric ER at Sunrise Children’s Hospital to provide immediate care with low wait times. You can also rely on our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for physician referrals and answers to your health questions throughout cold and flu season. To speak with one of our registered nurses anytime, day or night, call (702) 233-5437.