All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on June 24, 2009
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Zachary could not handle life and he could not handle the many treatments that were working for other children with autism. He was dealing with something else, something that could quietly take him to a fragile and critical state destroying his body and our lives ... I didn't... Read More
Published on April 19, 2009
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Originally printed in the Spring 2009 issue of Imagine magazine. An innovative approach to treating pediatric brain tumors is increasing survival rates while protecting children from harm. The story of pediatric cancer survivor and Children's Hospital Los Angeles patient,... Read More
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“Good night, sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite.” It’s a cute bedtime phrase many of us heard as children while being tucked into bed. Some of us may even continue to say this to our children. But did we ever really think about it—a bed bug bite? Maybe it’s just an old... Read More
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Last August I wrote about the alarming issue of bullying, which is a profound public health problem in our nation’s schools and on social media. Bullying of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a major problem too. In fact, bullying a person with disabilities is against... Read More
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The scariest thing that could happen to a pregnant mom is being told that your baby has a complication or a birth defect. After the initial fears wear off, the thought of navigating the health care system, finding a specialist and scheduling tests can add to the scariness.... Read More
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The fall season is upon us and so is the dreaded FLU Season. As a pediatric nurse, it’s important to me to share some information about avoiding catching the flu because children can be more significantly affected by the flu than adults, as can individuals at any age with... Read More
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Making your own baby food is a very personal decision many mothers think about. It is not always an easy choice because there are a lot of factors such as lifestyle, cost, benefits and risks that go into it. As my best friend put it, “There is something really gratifying... Read More
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Educating yourself about the risks and benefits of ear tube surgery and discussing your child's individual symptoms and history with your child's doctor will empower you to make an informed decision about surgery. Read More
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The moment the Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialist suggested that our youngest daughter needed to have tonsil and adenoidectomy surgery (T&A), my heart sank a little. Having been a recovery room nurse for the past eight and a half years, I have seen how hundreds, if not... Read More
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Last month, fellow RN Remedies® blogger, Nicole Freedman, talked about the importance of taking care of your child’s teeth early on in life. One of her tips was how you should never allow your child to sleep with a bottle that has milk, juice or other sweet liquids. This is... Read More
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As a nurse in the Institute for Maternal-Fetal Health at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I meet many moms who are intimidated when it comes to knowing when and how to introduce bottle-feeding to their babies. It can be especially intimidating because of the many myths... Read More
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As I enjoy each holiday season with my children, I want the next year to be better then the last. I tend to go a bit overboard because I want their memories to be magical because the holidays are so special. This does not come without a cost, the holidays are a barrage of... Read More
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As a mom, I understand the fear parents have when they think their child is having a fever. As a nurse, I think about things like “febrile seizures,” or brain damage from fevers, and rush for Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (popularly consumed as Tylenol® or Motrin®). But is... Read More
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I think a lot about keeping my kids safe. Working in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles I see a lot of kids who are ill or injured because of an accident and it makes me more aware of safety than ever. One of the things I... Read More
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Summer days bring increased fun outdoor activities for young children, adolescents and young adults. While kids and teens may think of themselves as invincible, they are prone to heat-related illnesses. As an RN in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Inpatient Rehabilitation... Read More
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Reading about the increasingly popular choking game, I had a sudden flashback memory of a game I once saw at a slumber party when I was a preteen. Girls would intentionally hyperventilate, then someone behind them would give a strong hug around the abdomen causing a momentary... Read More
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RN Remedies Q&A with Kelli Anderson, RN, BSN, RN III A reader asks, "When do you introduce a blanket (including size, material and style) to your child’s crib? My son is 18-months old and I have taken every precaution possible for sleep safety..." Read More
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Last week I talked about the signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTI). Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms can help you get the care your child needs as quickly as possible. I see some children in our office, the Division of Pediatric Urology, who get... Read More
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Finding a rash on a family member can be alarming. Without knowing what is causing the rash, parents often immediately wonder whether their child’s rash is contagious before they think of allergies as the cause. In Jojo's case, it was easy to suspect he was experiencing an... Read More
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In the past, I have written on RN Remedies about my daughter’s adventures with various medical issues from insulin resistance to anaphylaxis. I am happy to say, she is now an adult and a trained doula with a goal to be a nurse midwife! For her studies, she did a project on... Read More

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