All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on February 5, 2016
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Blog post by Abigail M. Nimtz, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pahtologist, Inpatient Rehabilitation at Children's Hospital Los Angeles When people suffer from brain injuries, caregivers and loved ones often pay the most attention to the things they see: Can they walk?... Read More
Published on February 4, 2016
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An RN Remedies blog post by Kasey Rangan, MSN, RN, CPN As a nurse practitioner in our Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, families often ask for advice on how to talk to their children when they are diagnosed with cancer.... Read More
Published on February 3, 2016
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In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, I decided to write a blog with some helpful and up-to-date advice about keeping your family’s teeth healthy. The benefits of doing this right and starting early will not only mean healthier mouths and teeth, but better... Read More
Published on January 29, 2016
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Sports like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and sledding are on my boys’ wish list this year. I thought it would a good time to make sure that they are wearing protective eyewear with good polycarbonate lenses. Sunglasses are not just for lounging by the pool or on the... Read More
Published on January 28, 2016
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Knowing what’s on the horizon for corporate giving is extremely valuable for companies looking to evaluate existing corporate philanthropy programs or build new ones. We’ve created a list of the top 5 corporate giving trends to anticipate in 2016: 1. Year-round... Read More
Published on January 26, 2016
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Self-esteem. We hear those two words a lot. It is paramount to a child’s well-being, but what does it mean and how, as parents, do we foster it? Self-esteem is about liking oneself, knowing you belong and are loved and valued for who you are as a person. Parents play a... Read More
Published on January 26, 2016
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We probably all remember our teen years as peppered with a lot of excitement, as well as a lot of angst; times when we felt we had everything under control, and then the next minute our world was collapsing around us, our feelings of self-esteem in our boots. Recent... Read More
Published on January 21, 2016
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Written by HIlary Tighe, RN resident, CTICU/CV Acute, Children's Hospital Los Angeles It’s 7:20 a.m. and the 49 new graduate nurses of the September 2015 cohort trickle into the seventh-floor classroom. We sit in our “houses”—groups made up of new grads from units other... Read More
Published on January 20, 2016
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Dealing With Eating Difficulties and Creating Good Eating Habits for Life As a nurse on a busy gastrointestinal, kidney and liver transplant unit, I often care for patients with eating challenges. Some of our patients cannot eat by mouth and rely on nutrition by tube or... Read More
Published on January 13, 2016
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Co-written by Jamie Sakamoto, Occupational Therapist II, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Kary Rapport, OTR/L, SWC, IBCLC, Occupational Therapist III, Children's Hospital Los Angeles   If you recently had a baby and are having difficulty... Read More
Published on January 8, 2016
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Eleven-year-old Savannah Fulkerson loves Disneyland, water parks, trips to the beach and swimming in her backyard pool. The energetic Santa Clarita sixth-grader, though, can only do those activities at night, after the sun has safely gone down. That’s because for Savannah... Read More
Published on January 7, 2016
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Even if a child’s food allergy is not life-threatening, a chance encounter with the wrong food can be a scary experience for every member of the family. CHLA has provided comprehensive support for children battling food allergies for many years. The recent naming of the... Read More
Published on January 6, 2016
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As my children have become teenagers, I have noticed that their activities and time commitments have also increased. Today, my teens have a daily itinerary that starts at 5:30 a.m. and concludes at midnight. Between school, sports and their band commitments, their packed... Read More
Published on December 31, 2015
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One day I was sitting on our family swing and I asked my teenage boy, Christopher, “What's your earliest childhood memory?” To my surprise it was not the many trips we did as a family, it was of him playing his saxophone in elementary school. This got me thinking, what was... Read More
Published on December 29, 2015
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“She knows where to go, she knows the nurses, she knows the routine and sees other kids going through the same things,” says Trish Manzanedo. “She feels at home here.” Trish is referring to her 6-year-old daughter, Natalia, who has been fighting high-risk acute... Read More
Published on December 24, 2015
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With the controversy over Concussion, the film starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, Tracy Zaslow, MD, Sports Concussion Program in the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was asked to share important information on sports-related head trauma... Read More
Published on December 24, 2015
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The new year is a time of excitement, hope and setting goals for the future. Many people are in the habit of creating personal New Year’s resolutions and they forget that their family can set goals for the new year as well. Any family, no matter how big or small, can set New... Read More
Published on December 22, 2015
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                  Just in time for the holidays! Lauren Conrad and her team came to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to brighten up the kid’s day with arts and crafts. The Creative Oasis room was filled with patients and their... Read More
Published on December 21, 2015
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Among the 1,000 or so books that Nikki Kerry estimates line the bookshelves in her kids’ playroom, she counts a few dozen “special” books, so designated because they were given to her daughter Gracin by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where Gracin has been a patient since... Read More
Published on December 18, 2015
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Our Regional High Risk Infant Follow-Up (HRIF) Program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles assesses the developmental, medical, nutritional and psychosocial needs of infants born prematurely or who have been hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit. Our HRIF Program... Read More

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