All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on November 20, 2015
The holidays are a common time for family and friends to gather around the dinner table. Despite the cheer and celebration, it can be a very nerve-wracking time for families who have children with food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports... Read More
Published on November 20, 2015
  How to keep motion sickness from ruining your roadtrips “Are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet? Oh no Mommy, I don’t feel so good.” These are the words that no one wants to hear on a car trip. Some of my best memories as a child happened during family... Read More
Published on November 20, 2015
“You get to hit the ball,” explains 6-year-old Jonny Maldonado. “And you get to run.” The Bakersfield first-grader is talking about why baseball has become one of his favorite sports (along with soccer and wrestling). Last spring, he played shortstop on his first T-ball team... Read More
Published on November 19, 2015
In hindsight, there were small signs that something was wrong with 5-year-old Kylie Wines; but nothing the average parent would consider out of the ordinary. “We were trying to teach her how to ride a bike,” says her mom, Tasha, and it was proving to be quite a challenge... Read More
Published on November 18, 2015
Claudia Borzutzky, MD, adolescent medicine fellowship program director, presented a webinar titled “The Old & the New: Best Contraceptive Practices for Youth” to discuss trends around teenage and young adult pregnancy and the role of medical providers to share the best... Read More
Published on November 17, 2015
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CHLA team members are sharing their pride today after learning that CHLA has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission for the care we provide for our asthma patients. The Joint Commission is revered in the health care industry for setting... Read More
Published on November 17, 2015
John Escolero has lots of plans for the future. He wants to be a computer animator. He wants to one day have his own family. And he wants to be independent and have some fun—and freedom. “I didn’t have as much freedom as a kid, so I’d like to have some freedom and fun as an... Read More
Published on November 12, 2015
Like any other aspiring fashion designer, 5-year-old Emily Jarquin knows that the right shoes are an essential part of every outfit. So this past summer, before heading off to her radiation appointments at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she would slip on an elegant pair of... Read More
Published on November 11, 2015
Alex Idolor is an energetic 10-year-old who has loved sports ever since he could walk. But five years ago, he started feeling uncharacteristically weak. Constantly hungry and extremely tired, Alex began to fall asleep at swim practice and had trouble chasing a soccer ball.... Read More
Published on November 5, 2015
Luke doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t pricked with needles 10 times a day. At just 22 months old, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Receiving a diagnosis for a condition without a cure—and one that would significantly affect their child’s quality of life—... Read More
Published on November 5, 2015
Many people believe that children may not have the emotional depth to become depressed. However, it is estimated that five percent of children suffer from depression at any given time. The good news is that depression in children is highly treatable, so as a parent, it is... Read More
Published on November 3, 2015
With the help of Capital Group, Sam’s Club, Honda, Credit Union for Kids and Bindi Irwin, this year’s Halloween fun for our patients was the biggest by far! Capital Group paved the way for a great day with their generous donation of Halloween costumes, shirts and bibs for... Read More
Published on October 30, 2015
When Vivian Bui was 10 years old, she began to get tired a lot. She also started to lose weight and needed to use the restroom constantly. To get some answers, she went to a place she was familiar with as a native of Los Angeles: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There she was... Read More
Published on October 29, 2015
On Oct. 9, just before the start of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first playoff game against the New York Mets, a pint-sized figure in a Dodger jersey and cap—and a frilly, powder-blue tutu—strolled onto the field at Dodger Stadium in front of 52,000 cheering fans. The tutu-... Read More
Published on October 28, 2015
Coleman Giles looks and acts like an average 12-year-old kid. “I like to ride my bike, hang out with my friends, ride my trick scooter, play soccer, boxing,” he says. You can’t tell by looking at him that the heart that beats in his chest is not the one he was born... Read More
Published on October 23, 2015
Vania Dzib Delgado had just celebrated her 10th birthday when she noticed something wasn’t quite right. Underweight and growing increasingly exhausted, she was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where doctors diagnosed her with systemic lupus—an autoimmune disease in... Read More
Published on October 22, 2015
The Internet's 'Pizza Girl' bites back at cancer Hazel Hammersley, a usually bubbly toddler, was clearly in pain. She also had a fever, had stopped eating and was very lethargic. Lauren Hammersley’s motherly instincts told her that something just wasn’t right. “I took... Read More
Published on October 22, 2015
Helping to Protect Your Child From Strangers The world can be a very scary place for a child. Children need to be made aware of what actions are unacceptable from others, and what to do if these situations arise. This is best communicated during a straightforward... Read More
Published on October 16, 2015
CHLA introduces Sticky the Germ To help teach kids about the importance of hand hygiene in their own terms, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has recently published a children’s book on the subject, featuring a little germ named Sticky. “Sticky: A Germ’s Story” is being... Read More
Published on October 9, 2015
A blood clot is when blood changes from a liquid to a solid. Blood clots are good because they help your body stop bleeding. But they can form when you don’t need them in veins or arteries. You can have a blood clot in your arteries or veins in places like your arms, legs, eyes... Read More