• Why Your Child Needs Dedicated Pediatric Care

    Children have special medical needs that are different from those of adults. When your child isn’t feeling well, you need to know that he or she is being well taken care of by highly trained pediatric clinicians. That’s why Sunrise Children’s Hospital is on a mission to care for the well-being of children in our community. In fact, we are the only dedicated children’s hospital in the Las Vegas area. Our focus on children’s health allows us to provide the specialized care and support services they need.

    Specialized Training
    When you take your child to a children’s hospital, you can rest assured that every doctor who sees your child has received specialized pediatric training. Children’s hospitals bring together highly trained pediatricians, pediatric emergency medicine doctors, pediatric nurses, and other professionals who have an in-depth understanding of the unique health issues that affect young patients .

    Pediatric Medical Equipment
    You might be surprised to learn that not every healthcare facility is fully equipped with child-sized medical equipment. A children’s hospital has the right equipment for children of all ages, ranging from pediatric hospital beds to special pressure cuffs.

    Worry-Free Setting
    It’s difficult enough to watch a child cope with pain and other symptoms. Families shouldn’t have the added burden of a stressful hospital visit. When you take your child to a specialized pediatric care location, he or she will be soothed by the colorful, child-friendly décor and positive ambience.

    Child-Centered Support
    Children often have difficulty understanding what’s happening during a diagnostic test or treatment. Their siblings may also express negative emotions about the situation. At a children’s hospital, families can work with Child Life Specialists. These professionals are specially trained in putting young patients at ease and using age-appropriate language to explain hospital procedures. Child Life Specialists can also provide support for the young patient’s siblings.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital features the largest dedicated children’s emergency care department in Las Vegas. Our pediatric specialists work closely with parents to provide family-centered care. If you would like more information about the unique care our children’s hospital provides, you can call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437.

  • What to Remember When Giving Your Child Medication

    No parent wants to see their child struggle with an illness. Although medications can sometimes help your child feel well again, they are not without certain risks. These include the risks of drug interactions , overdoses, and side effects. You can protect your child with help from the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.

    OTC Medicines
    Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available in formulations designed specifically for children. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your child’s pediatrician before administering any OTC drugs. Some drugs should never be given to children, such as aspirin, and others should only be given to children of a certain age or weight. Your pediatrician can let you know which medicines are safe to give your child and in what dosages.

    Giving your child too much of a medicine can be harmful and it won’t help him or her feel better more quickly. Check and double-check the dosage instructions before administering a medicine. For liquid medicines, use the provided medicine cup or other tool. For example, if you’re giving your child one tablespoon of medicine, use the medicine cup or a measuring spoon, rather than an ordinary kitchen spoon. Write down the time when you administered the dosage and avoid giving the next dosage too early.

    Drug Interactions
    It’s possible for certain medications to interact with each other. These include prescription and OTC drugs, as well as supplements. Before giving your child a new prescription or OTC medicine, ask the doctor or pharmacist if there is a risk of a drug interaction with your child’s current medicines.

    Safety Issues
    Before purchasing a medication, check the exterior packaging for any signs of damage. Do not purchase drugs with damaged packaging. At home, double-check the label to make sure it’s the correct medicine for your child. The drug’s lid or seal should not be broken. When in doubt, ask a pharmacist for guidance or call your pediatrician.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital is your family’s partner in wellness. Our children’s hospital is proud to serve families throughout the Las Vegas area with exceptional pediatric services, including emergency care. If you have a general healthcare question, you can call a registered nurse at our hospital at (702) 233-5437.

  • Pediatric Care Through EMS and ER Staff

    When medical emergencies affect young patients, parents may be reassured by the presence of a dedicated children’s hospital near them. A parent’s first instinct might be to drive the child to the hospital right away, but this might actually not be the best choice. This is because Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams can deliver essential prehospital care while pediatric patients are on route to Sunrise Children’s Hospital .

    Coordinated Emergency Response
    By calling 911 when a medical emergency develops, parents automatically activate the local EMS system . EMS systems are comprised of transportation networks, communication hubs, hospitals, paramedics, and other emergency care providers. As soon as EMS arrives on the scene, the paramedics can quickly evaluate the child’s medical problem, check vital signs, and administer certain interventions as needed, including supplemental oxygen and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). EMS can transport children to the ER much more quickly than parents can. Plus, EMS personnel contact the hospital ahead of the patient’s arrival. This allows the appropriate medical providers to assemble and begin treating the patient as soon as he or she arrives. When a child is in critical condition, seconds count.

    Specialized Pediatric Transport
    Many communities lack specialized pediatric transport for young patients. Families in the Las Vegas area, however, can receive exceptional services thanks to the partnership of the Sunrise Children’s Hospital Transport Team and MedicWest. This partnership gives our community access to a specially designed, dedicated pediatric and neonate ambulance. This unique ambulance transports high-risk patients who need critical care. It features specialized medical equipment and it’s staffed by specially trained emergency responders who are available 24/7. Our specialized pediatric and neonate transport service enables our young patients to continuously receive the care they need. It bridges the gap between the arrival of EMS on the scene and the patient’s arrival at the hospital.

    In the Las Vegas area, the largest emergency care facility dedicated to pediatrics is available at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Our emergency care providers coordinate with EMS systems to provide medical care for more than 50,000 young patients each year. If your child requires emergency care, please call 911 right away; otherwise, non-emergent inquiries may be directed to (702) 233-5437.

  • Flu and Other Viruses That Can Affect Your Child in the Winter

    Even if your family enjoys the mild winter season in Las Vegas, you may still be affected by one of the many viruses that typically makes the rounds this time of year. Influenza, adenovirus, and rotavirus are some examples of infections to watch out for. When your child isn’t feeling well, the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help.

    Influenza is an infection caused by flu viruses. Pediatric specialists strongly recommend that all children six months of age and older receive an annual flu shot. Although many adults experience mild cases of the flu and may recover well at home, children are more susceptible to severe symptoms and complications that require emergency care. If your child displays the following severe symptoms of flu, it’s important to call 911 right away.

    • Difficulty breathing
    • Rapid breathing
    • Bluish skin color
    • Fever with a rash
    • No tears when crying
    • Few or no wet diapers
    • Failure to respond or awaken
    • Symptoms that improve, then recur and worsen

    Rotavirus is another infection that commonly circulates during the winter months. You can watch this featured video to hear a gastroenterologist at Sunrise Children’s Hospital explain some basic facts about rotavirus. Rotavirus most often affects babies and young children. The symptoms of rotavirus include watery diarrhea (often severe), fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, and loss of appetite. The major concern with rotavirus infections is the possibility of dehydration. A child requires emergency care for dehydration, which may be indicated by decreased urine output, lack of tears when crying, excessive sleepiness and fussiness, and dizziness upon standing.

    There are several types of adenoviruses that tend to circulate this time of year. Adenoviruses are usually not serious unless they affect infants. They can also be more serious in children with suppressed immune systems or certain chronic diseases. Adenoviruses can cause respiratory symptoms like runny nose, cough, and sore throat, or intestinal symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. If an adenovirus affects the urinary system, it can cause frequent, painful urination and bloody urine.

    If your child is experiencing severe symptoms or related complications, the emergency care team is always available at Sunrise Children’s Hospital . Our pediatric specialists know how to offer a comforting touch when a hospital visit is stressful for young patients. Parents in the Las Vegas area can call a registered nurse at our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437.