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Raising two boys is both challenging and rewarding. Challenging in the sense that my boys love to explore and attempt to open doors and all sorts of closed objects. This includes brightly colored cleaning products and some household chemicals can cause serious injury or even... Read More
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Most teens prefer not to talk to their parents about drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs. Generally, these are activities they discuss (and/or engage in) with their friends, and keep very private. Parents can really never know for sure what their teens are doing.... Read More
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Recently, Extra Life’s 24-hour video game marathon fundraiser, video gamers raised more than $100,000 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The 24-hour video game marathon event, which was live-streamed on the gamer website Twitch, gathers video gamers from around the globe to... Read More
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It can be very difficult for children using inhalers to coordinate pressing the inhaler and breathing in at the same time. Using a spacer with an inhaler can help your child get the proper amount of medicine into his or her lungs. A spacer looks like a round plastic tube that... Read More
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Cellphone use is common, especially with pre-teens and teens. MSN Money wrote that six in ten parents buy cellphones for their preteen children. I’ve even seen infants using cellphones (and tablets) for its family-friendly applications and entertainment. As a nurse... Read More
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Some of my fondest childhood memories involve playing basketball. I started playing competitive sports when I was about eight years old. I played on teams at my local park and recreation center and then quickly moved up to private travel league teams and in high school. I... Read More
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Note: resources for this blog post came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most parents know that lead is bad for children. We have heard that it was removed from paints and that pencils no longer have lead in them. But the danger of lead still remains. I... Read More
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We all have heard someone tell us, “Don’t miss your doctor appointment.” Ever wonder why? Going to see your doctor for regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. It can also aid in early detection of diseases, which increases your chances for... 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 to... Read More
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Summer is around the corner and for many kids this is a time for outdoor barbecues, picnics and other outdoor activities involving food and fun. I remember backyard barbecues, picnics in the park or cookouts at the beach during the summer when I was a kid. We said goodbye to... Read More
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By RN Remedies blogger, Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP The importance of using contraceptive methods can be a difficult conversation to have with your child or teenager. In the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I speak with... Read More
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In a previous post (Teens & Texting: What Parents Need to Know), I introduced the subject of teens and text messaging, providing an overview for parents to better understand this modern phenomenon. From the perspective of a health care provider, I would like to illustrate... Read More
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Did you know that our skin is the largest organ of our bodies? It’s essential for protecting our internal organs, muscles and bones. It holds us together! Skin reflects who we are and it is the first impression of us upon others. For teenagers, this can be a painful and... Read More
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My boys wanted to go snowboarding and in the back of my head, I kept thinking, “What about my asthma?” We loaded our car and went on a fun mountain vacation. Once we arrived at our mountain destination and started unloading the car, it seemed everyone was breathing harder. My... Read More
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It is that time of year when a lot of us are setting resolutions for the New Year.  As I read through research on phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, I made the decision that one of my most important resolutions is going to be adding more color to my dinner plate. Well,... Read More
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I still remember the awful taste of a thick, chalky, white medication that my pediatrician would routinely prescribe when I had strep throat as a child. Simply looking at the bottle of the banana-favored medication made me want to run and hide. Fortunately for my parents (and... Read More
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Around this time of year, you may wonder, if it’s important to get the flu shot and if it’s worth the hassle. Every doctor and nurse will say “Yes,” but you may have doubts and questions about why it is so critical to get the flu shot every year. This blog will give you the... Read More
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I was picking my kids up from day care the other day. I asked my son (two and a half) to say “Hi” to my daughter (eight months) and he turned to his sister and exuberantly said “Aahhh!” It made me laugh because that is the sound my daughter makes when she “talks” to her brother... Read More
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With so many types of sunscreens available, it is easy to get overwhelmed at the local drug store. Before you buy a bottle of sunscreen, let’s review some of the basics. Understanding what you might see on sunscreen labels will allow you to choose the right sunscreen for you... Read More
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Mary Virgallito, MSN, RN, CIC, has been part of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles family for more than 10 years. Since receiving her nursing degree more than 12 years ago, she has been focused on primary care pediatrics, managing a team of nurses and infection control and ... Read More

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