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My 12-year-old niece competes in Irish Dancing. At a recent competition, I noticed that most of the adolescent competitors sweated a lot, appeared exhausted and lacked more and more energy as the competition wore on. In response, parents and coaches gave them whatever food and... Read More
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It’s that time again, flu season. Are you ready to beat the cold and flu season? This is the time of year that our Emergency Department braces itself to see lots of families with children battling seasonal illnesses. Many times, we see families where one child is sick one week,... Read More
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Drowning is quick and silent. Victims cannot call for help as they do not have enough air. It is rare for a drowning victim to thrash. A child can drown in any amount of water in the time it takes to answer a phone. For this reason, it is so important not to leave children... Read More
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Having your child be diagnosed with cancer is a scary time. The idea of starting chemotherapy or radiation therapy can be overwhelming. As a nurse practitioner in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I’ve seen these treatments... Read More
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Going to the pediatrician to get immunizations can be a source of anxiety for kids and parents. When I was a kid, I remember hiding in my pediatrician’s office to avoid getting a shot because I was afraid of a small poke. As a grown-up and a nurse, I feel fortunate that my... Read More
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Keep you and your family healthy this season! Last flu season, media reported that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the seasonal flu had spread throughout the country and reached high levels. Don't let your family become part of that statistic... Read More
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For parents, it's often a shock when their child's pediatrician returns with a diagnosis of asthma. They can feel overwhelmed because as of yet, asthma cannot be cured. However, parents and children alike should take heart in the knowledge that with preventative measures and... Read More
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My wife and I worry about our 16-year-old son texting and driving, which according to the reports I read, teens tend to do more than they should. I think we should take away his phone, but my wife thinks we should take away his car, which is really our car. But as parents, we... Read More
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We’re excited to introduce Judith Tighe, RN, CPN, our new RN Remedies® blogger. Born in South London, Judith knew she wanted to be a nurse when she was 7 years old. During the course of her career, she has practiced nursing in three countries—United Kingdom, Canada and the... Read More
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Hearing plays an important role in communication, speech, language development and learning. Hearing loss (even partial hearing loss) is more common than you think. Earlier this year, ABC 7 did a story on ear buds and hearing loss, stating that one in five people in their... Read More
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If you are like me, you are probably using those cute laundry pods to do your laundry. They are attractive and so easy to use! Plus they feel good to squeeze, like a water balloon! Since my child is grown up now, I don’t think much about kid-proofing my house, so I was very... Read More
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During my childhood things were different—we drank water from a garden hose, played outside until our parents told us to come home and we ate lots and lots of peanuts. Peanuts were a staple in many households during my childhood, most commonly for peanut butter and jelly... Read More
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Tragedy and disaster strikes when we least expect it. School shootings and natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes or forest fires are prime examples of how trauma and disaster can affect children and families. Parents should encourage their children to express their... Read More
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The holiday season is here and that means cold and flu season is also along for the ride! This is the time of year that our Emergency Department sees many children battling seasonal illnesses. Many times, we see families where one child is sick one week, and their brother or... Read More
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Time to go swimming! We are right in the heat of summer, and when I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I spent most of my summer days swimming. My mother put me, my brother and sister in swimming lessons every summer at the local public pool. When I wasn’t in classes, I was... Read More
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When I think about trampolines I get a little nostalgic. I remember my grade school physical education (P.E.) days when the “traveling trampoline” came to our school. I absolutely adored it! It felt like I was flying. The whole class stood around the frame as “spotters”... Read More
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As a nurse in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I see many head and spine injuries. During the summer, kids spend more time playing and enjoying the great outdoors. Accidents tend to happen more often during the summer months... Read More
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Grateful for Life—and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles   When she was born, doctors gave Regan Owens a few weeks to live. Seven years later, the spunky first-grader is always the life of the party, and never without a Justin Bieber song to sing. “You should watch the movie... Read More
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One weekend, I was at work on my unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when I started to feel as if the sounds of the entire hospital were thrumming and throbbing in my head. High-pitched voices sounded sharp. Middle sounds were muffled. I shared how I was feeling with my... Read More
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In my last post, Hot Days, Cool Water: Summer Safety Tips, I shared important water safety tips for parents and really focused on what parents should remember when their children are playing in the pool. But it's too easy to forget that the pool isn't the only place where kids... Read More

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