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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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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 Health, I... 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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The topic of breastfeeding in public has long been a subject of debate and confusion, particularly in the United States. Experts encourage women to breastfeed on their babies’ feeding schedule while some members of the community disapprove when moms breastfeed outside their... Read More
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As a pediatric nurse practitioner in the urology clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of the more common non-surgical issues I see is bedwetting. This is a very frustrating issue for many children and families. Parents often have to wash sheets and bedding on a daily... Read More
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How many times have you been in the waiting room at your pediatrician's office and heard crying from a child in another room? Maybe the sound even prompted your child to ask why the other child was crying. Your child needs to know exactly when he or she WILL be getting a shot... Read More
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At exactly 4:30 pm, counselors blow their whistles and a storm of breathless kids—basketballs and hula hoops in hand— rush inside and take their seats. It’s graduation day at Camp H.E.A.L. “Today, your kids are the teachers,” says Minister Dawnesha Beaver to the proud parents... Read More

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