RN Remedies

Published on September 26, 2016
Some of the biggest thrills for parents come in their baby’s first year of life: the first smile, first “da-da,” first steps. But after reading the baby books, most new parents know what milestones should be reached and when, and many are disappointed or begin to worry if... Read More
Published on September 26, 2016
As parents, we never want to admit that our children are any less than perfect. That wasn’t the case with my eldest son, as no morning alarms were necessary in my home. When he was a boy, my son’s loud snoring and disruptive breathing kept my family awake throughout the... Read More
Published on September 1, 2016
I love watching “The Big Bang Theory,” specifically the character Sheldon. He makes me laugh when he knocks on a door and says the name of the person he is visiting, and then repeats this action three times. He displays traits of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I will... Read More
Published on July 12, 2016
A few years ago, I wrote a blog about helping teenagers cope with chronic illness, especially when it means they have to take medications or do daily monitoring tasks like checking blood sugar or doing breathing treatments. It is not easy and as teenagers start to transition... Read More
Published on June 30, 2016
Nasoalveolar Molding Brings Great Success for Babies With Cleft Lip and Palate In honor of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month in July, I would like to highlight a special program here at CHLA called the NAM Program, which stands for... Read More
Published on June 29, 2016
During the Super Bowl 2015 a controversial insurance ad played with a young boy telling the viewers about all the things he was not able to do, because he didn’t grow up, because he died in an accident. Social media erupted with people complaining that the ad was a “downer... Read More
Published on June 24, 2016
* This is the second of a two-part series on how to talk to children about LGBT issues. The previous article focused on how to discuss the gender and sexuality of other people with your children. Talking to your child about gender identity and sexual orientation can feel... Read More
Published on May 17, 2016
When I hear the word “hoverboard,” I think of magical devices, sort of like flying carpets that glide through the air. Many of us remember watching the character Marty McFly in “Back to the Future,” and many of us remember wishing we could fly too.   But the... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
Traveling alone or even with another adult can be stressful enough. Adding kids to mix is another story entirely. There are so many things to think about: packing, navigating through the airport, having the right things to keep your kid happy and occupied on a long flight,... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
We know that the safety of your child is your most important priority as a parent. Parents spend a lot of energy assuring that their children are cared for when they cannot be with them, but there comes a time when children can be responsible for themselves. The question is... Read More
Published on March 28, 2016
* This is the first of a two-part series on how to talk to children about LGBT issues. The next article will focus on how to discuss gender and sexuality with your children if they come out to you as LGBT or questioning. Kids often ask their parents questions that they... Read More
Published on March 15, 2016
I grew up in a family that loved the outdoors. When I was a child, camping was one of my favorite outdoor activities, and remains so to this day. Creating a safe and happy camping experience requires planning; but camping with kids requires even more preparation and... Read More
Published on February 16, 2016
As a father of two handsome boys, I was faced with the decision to have my boys circumcised or not. This was a tough one to make as a father who only wants the best for his boys. So what is a circumcision anyways? Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin... Read More
Published on February 10, 2016
If you’ve ever had the stomach flu, I’m sure you can relate that it is pretty miserable. In my adult life, I have even ended up in the hospital because I got so dehydrated and weak from a case of the stomach flu and needed IV fluids to help me recover. This winter, Southern... Read More
Published on February 4, 2016
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
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
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 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
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 20, 2016
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