All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on October 12, 2019
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Wildfires are not uncommon when you live in California—and that’s a scary thing for some children to grasp. We spoke to two experts at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles—pulmonologist Shirleen Loloyan Kohn, MD, and psychologist Stephanie Marcy, PhD—to get tips on keeping your... Read More
Published on October 7, 2019
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Brothers Walter (left) and Lloyd How Lloyd’s Little Brother Overcame a Skull Condition and Became the Coolest Kid at the Playground By Michael Y. Park It wasn’t an easy thing to explain to a 3-year-old, and even now, Sarah and Dan aren’t sure how much of what they were... Read More
Published on October 1, 2019
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In an indoor rock-climbing class for patients with hand differences, a wall is just part of what they’re learning to surmount. By Jeff Weinstock   “Take!” For the fourth time Akira has called out the one-word cue, prompting her rock-climbing instructor, Quinn, serving on... Read More
Published on September 27, 2019
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By Bhavana Arora, MD Through most of her routine physical exam, the teenage girl chatted amiably with Sunanda Vadapalli, MD, a Valencia pediatrician. Then, at the doctor’s request, the girl’s mother stepped out of the exam room. That was when the patient, with tears in her... Read More
Published on September 9, 2019
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Hemophilia hasn’t slowed down 3-year-old Braxton—thanks to doctors from CHLA By Matt Villano Roughly 20,000 people in the United States live with hemophilia, a bleeding disorder in which blood lacks the requisite protein to clot normally. Few have lived with the condition... Read More
Published on August 29, 2019
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By Sara Nafie To countless families, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a home away from home. That is certainly the case for Quinn, born Dec. 4, 2018, and her parents, Quinshae and Keith. Soon they hope to take their daughter home to Riverside, but for now, CHLA is the only... Read More
Published on August 23, 2019
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Two doctors' research into an obscure field changed this 3-year-old’s life by Michael Y. Park  It was obvious there was a problem as soon as Oliver was born.  Oliver’s birth in 2015 was already complicated—he was in a breech position and had to be delivered via a cesarean... Read More
Published on August 22, 2019
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Child Life services are an integral part of the family-friendly health care provided at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Whether a child is hospitalized for many weeks or just one day, the comforting presence of a Child Life staff member can make all the difference between an... Read More
Published on August 16, 2019
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In the concluding half of this two-part story, a CHLA family learns whether their home survived the Woolsey fire, baby Max’s cleft lip is repaired, and Max’s mother tries to sort through the aftereffects of 10 days of trauma. (Read Part 1.) By Jeff Weinstock Lauren’s... Read More
Published on August 14, 2019
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In this special two-part story, a CHLA family endures an extraordinary 10-day odyssey, confronting consecutive human tragedies—the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting and the Woolsey fire—while their premature newborn remains in intensive care and awaits surgery for a cleft... Read More
Published on August 13, 2019
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By Melanie Fruhner, AuD, FAAA Middle ear fluid versus an ear infection: What’s the difference? Middle ear fluid (also known as otitis media with effusion) is the presence of fluid in the middle ear without signs or symptoms of an ear infection. Ear fluid occurs in the middle... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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Have you ever tried to lift your child’s backpack? If not, you are probably in for a pretty startling surprise. Do you remember your backpack always being insanely heavy as a kid, to the extent that it would hurt your back, shoulders and neck? Did you know that the American... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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Do you remember riding the school bus as a kid? Most children enjoy riding the bus to school because it meant being with their friends, having extra time to finish their homework and a sense of independence. Back then, "seat hopping” allowed kids to get closer to friends while... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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It’s almost fall and the new school year is here! It’s time to trade in the beach and lazy days for new pencils, early mornings and the classroom. The transition between summer break and school is not easy. To figure out how best to smooth out this transition, we asked three... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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Back to school is here and the summer season is winding down. A big part of a successful first week of school is preparation and establishing a routine. We're sharing with you the top 10 blog posts for back-to-school planning and awareness from the experts at Children's... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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By Tracy Zaslow, MD, director of the Sports Concussion Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and medical director of the hospital’s Children's Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine Program.I meet with parents often in the Sports Concussion Clinic at Children's Hospital Los... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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Sharpened pencils: check; notebooks and paper: check; school schedule: check. As a parent, this check list may seem familiar to you. It is a clear indication that back-to-school season is here and that means preparing your child for the school year as best as you can. Update... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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By Tracy Zaslow, MD, Medical Director, Children’s Orthopaedic Center (COC) Sports Medicine and Concussion Programs.School has begun, leaves are changing (even in Southern California), and that means its “WalkTober”—time to get walking! October signals the call to parents,... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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Written by Kohl's Safety and Injury Prevent Program While drivers must obey traffic lights and be alert of people on the road, pedestrians too must be just as cautious – to always walk safely and remain visible. However, some things are out of our control as pedestrians:... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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Written by Kathryn Smith, DrPH, RN, nurse care manager in the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in collaboration with members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board.Back to school is just around the corner and this time of year can be both exciting and... Read More

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