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Updated 05/12/2015 Bullying is an issue I follow in the news and try to spotlight when I can because it is so harmful, even deadly. I have written about ways to detect bullying, some tips to prevent it, cyber bullying and bullying of autistic children. I also follow... Read More
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While here in Los Angeles we are fortunate to escape the many winter woes that are making headlines around the country, our sunny disposition still may not be enough to keep Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”, out of our thoughts. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that plays... Read More
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  In my last post, Tonsillitis and How to Know When Your Child Has It, I discussed the symptoms of tonsillitis for parents and also shared that this is often treated with a tonsillectomy. This post focuses on this common surgical procedure, providing parents and... Read More
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Time to go swimming! We are right in the heat of summer, and when I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I spent most of my summer days swimming. My mother put me, my brother and sister in swimming lessons every summer at the local public pool. When I wasn’t in classes, I was... Read More
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Caring for a sick child is one of the most worrisome tasks of parenthood. Many parents wonder, “How do I know when to call the pediatric care provider?” A good rule of thumb, and one I share with parents of my patients in the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at... Read More
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Did you know our skin is an organ? In fact it is the largest organ in the human body and it holds us together! Our skin has a big job to do too. It is our first line of defense and it also defines who we are. It’s no wonder why problems of the skin can be so emotional and so... Read More
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As an advanced practice pediatric nurse, I am constantly learning about cutting edge approaches to care. For one of my courses recently, I researched and wrote a paper on Family-Centered Care (FCC) in the pediatric hospital setting and it struck such an emotional chord that... Read More
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It’s not uncommon to find five-year-old Natalia Gomez dancing to music. She loves to move her hands and kick her feet, as evidenced by her love for kicking off her shoes at a moment’s notice. Natalia appeared healthy when she was born. But a startling health scare at five... Read More
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Infant safety is a passion of mine, especially after becoming a nationally certified child passenger safety technician (CPST). This passion of mine is what inspired this post and an experience I had with a parent of a patient in which I was able to educate her on safe infant... Read More
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By Francesca Cazzulino, CPST, Health Education Associate I-Trauma ProgramKeeping your children safe as pedestrians in traffic is always a concern. During the fall and winter, it’ll gets dark earlier in the day and will for some time until spring. Driving when it’s dark out can... Read More
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The thought of school locker rooms makes me shudder. There is just nothing hygienic about a bunch of sweaty teenagers in close quarters wearing days-old gym clothes and walking around with bare feet. Locker rooms are also breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses and fungus. If... Read More
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By RN Remedies® blogger, Robert Giesler, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, RRT, CPSTIn our family, the Fall season means getting out of the house, enjoying the cooler weather and firing up the fire pit or barbecue for amazing family meals! We are big on barbecuing, and why not? It’s faster to... Read More
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  Many of my blog posts are either inspired by or feature my daughter, but this particular topic—cold sores—was inspired by my oldest childhood friend. When we were young, she would call her cold sores “fever blisters,” which is a nickname for cold sores on the mouth.... Read More
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My wife and I worry about our 16-year-old son texting and driving, which according to the reports I read, teens tend to do more than they should. I think we should take away his phone, but my wife thinks we should take away his car, which is really our car. But as parents, we... Read More
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Everybody is talking about the pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Whooping cough is back and it's making news. In fact, my colleague, Dr. Brett Leggett recently wrote a two-part blog series:  Whooping Cough: California's Epidemic where he shares... Read More
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One weekend, I was at work on my unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when I started to feel as if the sounds of the entire hospital were thrumming and throbbing in my head.  High-pitched voices sounded sharp.  Middle sounds were muffled.  I shared how I was... Read More
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On our inpatient unit of pediatric patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, we often see babies with issues related to eating. Some babies can’t eat normally. This means they do not take in enough calories, or there is some problem with the GI tract, which runs from... Read More
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I remember the days of airplane travel with an infant, and then toddler, in my arms. As a mom, I worried whether my child would tolerate the airplane trip because of ear pain or whether it would be a hard trip for other passengers. After reading a study representing that 25... Read More
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As a nurse practitioner in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I see many children diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Unless you know a child with this condition or follow one of our inspiring patients like Hazel Hammersly, it’s... Read More
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The process and experience of breastfeeding is a mystery to many. With mixed messages on the Internet and in the media, there is a lot of information available and much of the information can be confusing to new mommies. As a nurse in the Institute for Maternal-Fetal... Read More

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