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As parents, we always want to do what is best for our children and keep them safe. Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers when soap and water is not available may decrease your child’s exposure to germs. Some parents, including you, may wonder if the amount of... Read More
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Gateway Building to Get a New Name What better way for a former patient to benefit her favorite hospital than by naming a building? When Joyce Black (pictured here with her husband Stanley), was a little girl, she had severe ear infections that simply would not go away.... Read More
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We are in the middle of cold and flu season. Hospitals and Emergency Rooms are full with patients suffering from the symptoms.  Adults and children commonly get colds. But bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the airways, can make younger children and babies very ill... Read More
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The heat is on in Southern California, which increases the risk for sun burn and other types of burn injury. Since May is National Trauma Awareness Month, I was inspired to write about burns. The American Burn Association states that more than 136,000 children are treated in... Read More
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Tinisha recently reconnected with nurses from The Heart Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when they crossed paths at an American Heart Association awareness walk in October. While there, Tinisha was excited to see some of the nurses who cared for her nearly 30... Read More
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Parents often have what I call “fever phobia.” They rush to aggressively maintain a normal temperature for their child when a fever could actually be an indication of their child’s natural virus-fighting abilities in high gear. I know that your child’s safety and recovery... Read More
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“That’s yucky, I don’t like it.” Does this phrase sound familiar? My 5 year-old nephew almost predictably recites this line when new foods are presented. I would estimate that nine times out of 10 he has never even tried the food he is saying he is calling yucky. And yes, the... Read More
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries: the causes and symptoms. Knee injuries are not fun and can take young athletes off the field or court for a significant amount of time. For example, my recovery time after I tore my ACL in my... Read More
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Everybody is talking about the pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Whooping cough is back and it's making news. In fact, my colleague, Dr. Brett Leggett recently wrote a two-part blog series: Whooping Cough: California's Epidemic where he shares symptoms, diagnosis,... Read More
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It’s never too early to start taking care of your child’s teeth. Baby teeth are not just important for a pretty smile, they are essential for speech, chewing food properly, and laying the foundation for permanent adult teeth. Keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy is... Read More
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Infant safety is a passion of mine, especially after becoming a nationally certified child passenger safety technician (CPST). This passion of mine is what inspired this post and an experience I had with a parent of a patient in which I was able to educate her on safe infant... Read More
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Growing up, my mom, sister and I would decorate the house for Christmas. And when I say decorate, I mean DECORATE! The day after Thanksgiving, we would dig into two wooden chests full of Christmas decorations and ask my dad to drag the... Read More
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  “Congratulations on your new baby! Are you going to breastfeed or use formula?” This is a question every mother is asked. Never before has someone so quickly asked you a question so personal. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joins other... Read More
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Max Page, also known as “Mini Darth Vader,” and his family joined 28 other families for Family Advocacy Day July 25 in Washington, D.C. to share his story with lawmakers. There Max shared how Children's Hospital Los Angeles, his children’s hospital, has made an impact in his... Read More
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The full version of this story is originally featured in Imagine Magazine, spring 2012 issue (page 20). Five-year-old Justin DeLong had no signs of illness. He was just unusually pale for a couple of weeks prior to his regular annual checkup. But his coloring immediately... Read More
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Energy drinks have been popular for a while now. They are marketed in attractive, brightly colored cans small enough to put in a pocket or purse and easy for small hands to hold, and they taste like soda or sweet fruit juice. Mostly consumed by teens and young adults,... Read More
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It’s summer and that means summer camp is officially in session! My summer camp experiences are some of my best childhood memories. Camp is an excellent activity for kids because it keeps them active and physically fit, allows them to make new friends and learn new skills,... Read More
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Working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the past 25 years, with the last nine years being at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has given me a deep understanding of how parents can prepare if their child is admitted to the NICU. I have cared for many babies at... Read More
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Your child received their acceptance letters for college and has most likely decided on where they want to attend, so you think the major worry is over. Yet, there are so many discussions that need to be had. For example, who will their roommate be, scheduling the orientation... Read More
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Nowadays, it's all too easy for children to fall into a life of inactivity. TV and video games encourage a sedentary existence, setting up habits that are difficult to break as an adult. That's why one of the best gifts parents can give their children is a lifestyle that... Read More

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