• Will your daughter inherit your ovarian cancer risk?

    Mothers can instantly turn into protective mama bears when it comes to their children’s health, but not everything is controllable. A child will always inherit her family’s medical history, which may include ovarian cancer. Of course, this doesn’t mean your daughter is bound to develop ovarian cancer . Many people have a family history of cancer, yet don’t develop it themselves. The doctors at Sunrise Children’s Hospital always welcome parents to share their concerns with us. There is nothing more important to us than your child’s health and safety, which is why we offer specialized pediatric care, including cancer care.

    Understanding the risk factors of cancer
    There are risk factors for every type of cancer, including ovarian. A risk factor is anything that might increase the likelihood of developing a disease. However, some people develop a disease without being at a high risk of it, and others with strong risk factors stay healthy.

    Ovarian cancer can run in families. Your daughter’s risk may increase if you were diagnosed with it. Similarly, your risk increases if your daughter is diagnosed.

    Assessing cancer in your family history
    The risk of getting a disease can be assessed based on the degree of relative that is diagnosed. First-degree relatives are parents, children and siblings, while second-degree relatives are aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents and grandchildren.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer is considered to be strong if she has one or more first-degree or second-degree relatives with ovarian cancer. The risk is also strong if any of the following apply regarding first-or second-degree relatives.

    • Primary cancer of both breasts
    • Triple negative breast cancer in a woman diagnosed at age 60 or younger
    • Women ages 45 or younger diagnosed with breast cancer
    • Breast and ovarian cancer in the same person

    Putting a family history of cancer into perspective
    It can be upsetting to think about your daughter’s risk of cancer. You might want to talk to her pediatrician about your concerns. Remember that family history is just one risk factor—many other issues can influence cancer risk.

    The majority of pediatric cancer cases in Southern Nevada are treated at Pediatric Oncology and Special Services at Sunrise Children’s Hospital . Our cancer care team is devoted to providing supportive care within a comforting environment for our young patients. You can request a referral to a pediatric specialist in Las Vegas by calling (702) 233-5437.

  • Does your child have food poisoning?

    Bacteria, viruses, parasites and chemicals can all cause food poisoning . Children are particularly vulnerable to developing severe complications of food poisoning, such as dehydration. Because of this, you should be vigilant in monitoring your child when he or she displays possible food poisoning symptoms. If the symptoms are severe or dehydration is a possibility, you can take your child to the pediatric Emergency Room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

    Onset of food poisoning symptoms
    The onset of symptoms refers to the time it takes for your child to develop symptoms after consuming a contaminated food or beverage. The onset of food poisoning symptoms depends largely on the type of contaminant. Your child may start feeling ill within an hour, within the day or within a few weeks.

    Gastrointestinal symptoms of food poisoning
    The hallmark sign of food poisoning is gastrointestinal distress. Your child may experience the following problems.

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Reduced urine output
    • Stomach pain or cramps

    If your child has bloody stool or vomit, he or she needs emergency care right away. Other severe symptoms that should be evaluated by a pediatric doctor include the following:

    • Vomiting that persists longer than 12 hours
    • Very painful cramps that do not resolve after a bowel movement
    • Diarrhea accompanied by a fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Black or maroon stool

    Other symptoms of food poisoning
    Systemic symptoms are those that affect the whole body. It’s possible for food poisoning to cause the following systemic symptoms:

    • Fever
    • Chills
    • General weakness
    • Muscle aches and pains

    In addition, food poisoning can cause neurological impairment, such as dizziness, visual disturbances, headaches and seizures.

    Signs of dehydration
    Your child is at a higher risk of dehydration while ill because he or she may eliminate excessive amounts of fluids through vomit and diarrhea. Your child may also be unwilling to consume enough fluids. Bring him or her to the children’s hospital if you think he or she is dehydrated, as indicated by these symptoms:

    • Fast breathing
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Decreased urination
    • Darkly colored urine
    • Confusion

    When your child isn’t feeling well, you can trust children’s emergency care doctors to help him or her feel better quickly. Sunrise Children’s Hospital has the largest Emergency Room in Las Vegas devoted entirely to pediatrics. Call (702) 233-5437 if you have general, non-emergent questions for our registered nurse.

  • Baby safety guidelines for every parent to know

    September is Baby Safety Month, and this year, the theme focuses on using safety straps properly in all sorts of baby gear. In the U.S., thousands of children are rushed to the hospital each day because of injuries sustained in a fall. Knowing the right way to use safety straps is essential for protecting your baby. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, child safety is always on our mind. Come in and chat with our pediatric specialists about your healthcare concerns.

    Using a safe car seat
    Your baby should ride in a rear-facing car seat at least until he or she is two years old, but preferably until your baby reaches the maximum height and weight limits for that seat. Usually, babies outgrow their first car seat by about eight or nine months. At that time, you can use a convertible car seat that can be set up as rear-facing, and then later converted to forward-facing.

    Forward-facing car seats should have a five-point harness. All car seat straps should fit snugly across your child, but not be so tight that they press into your child’s body.

    Using a stroller properly
    All strollers must have safety straps. Even if your baby will only be in the stroller for a few minutes, you should always buckle him or her in securely. Use all of the available safety straps, not just one or two of them.

    Wearing a baby carrier
    Baby-wearing is a great way to bond with your little one. Choose a well-made carrier with adjustable, sturdy straps. Always follow the manufacturer’s weight and age recommendations, and check the carrier for signs of damage before each use.

    Using swings and bouncers
    Baby swings and bouncers are a popular way to keep infants calm and entertained. After placing your baby into the seat, keep one hand on him or her at all times until you’ve secured the harness. Five-point harnesses are preferable.

    A serious accident can affect even the most vigilant family. The pediatric emergency care specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are always on hand to give kids the superior, compassionate care they deserve. Call 911 for emergency care in Las Vegas, or call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437 for general information only.

  • Is weight loss surgery available to teens?

    Good health in childhood and adolescence can help lead to better lifelong health. Unfortunately, incidence rates of obesity in teens have been increasing, which places them at risk of other chronic diseases. Bariatric surgery isn’t right for every teen, but it may help appropriate candidates get back in control of their health. Parents with concerns about their children’s weight are always welcome to talk to the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. We provide superior, family-centered care because our young patients deserve the best possible outcome.

    Consequences of obesity in adolescence
    Many diseases are thought to primarily affect adults, not children. But increasingly, kids are being found to have a higher risk of “adult” health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. And according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery , as much as 80 percent of kids with obesity will become adults with obesity.

    There are other serious ways that obesity adversely affects teens. Teens with obesity are more likely to be the target of bullies, and to have poor self-esteem. They may be less willing to make the most of their high school years by participating in sports teams and after-school clubs.

    Eligibility of teens for bariatric surgery
    Pediatric doctors can help teens follow a weight loss program based on a healthy meal plan and regular physical activity. But this isn’t enough for some teens. For these individuals, weight loss surgery may be appropriate.

    Watch this featured video to hear a doctor at Sunrise Children’s Hospital explain the general eligibility criteria for bariatric surgery in adolescents. They are:

    • Body mass index of 35 or higher with major co-morbidities
    • Body mass index of 40 or higher with less severe co-morbidities
    • Demonstrated emotional maturity
    • Physical maturity (about 12 to 13 for girls, or 14 or 15 for boys)

    Co-morbidities refer to other medical conditions that are related to obesity. For example, major co-morbidities include:

    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Severe fatty liver disease
    • Moderate to severe sleep apnea

    Less severe co-morbidities of obesity include:

    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Mild sleep apnea

    Each potential bariatric surgery patient will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and only the doctor can determine if weight loss surgery may be right for a particular teen.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital is your family’s partner in health. Our team of pediatric doctors and nurses is committed to helping your teen enjoy good health and quality of life. Call (702) 233-5437 to speak with a registered nurse at our children’s hospital in Las Vegas.