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Many parents and caregivers carry a purse or bag to keep essentials handy, but did you know many of the items inside could be dangerous to your children? Most bags are easy for children to get into and it doesn’t take long for a child to open a container (even those that are “... Read More
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I remember my first experience with head lice. I was working at a summer camp and on the first day I had to check for head lice on each of my campers. The camp nurse instructed each of us on what to look for, but I still felt unsure because I had never seen them. Since my days... Read More
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In my post, Talking with Teens about Drugs and Alcohol, I provided parents with some tips to help get the conversation started with their teen. This post goes into detail about what strategies parents can impart to their teens to help them cope with peer pressure.
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When I was a kid I didn’t enjoy having my nails trimmed. I always worried that my mom was going to cut them too short or that it would hurt. Nail trimming and care can be a big source of stress for parents too. It is important to care for your child’s nails because nails... Read More
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It’s likely you’ve heard of MRSA and not known exactly what it was. Some people in the media call it a “flesh eating bacteria” or “staph infection.” The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) categorized MRSA has a major public health threat.... Read More
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Around 11 years of age, your child’s primary health care provider will recommend getting the HPV series. But what is HPV and why should your child receive this vaccine against this virus? HPV stands for human papilloma virus. It is a common virus that is spread through sexual... Read More
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During the winter, the flu isn’t the only illness we’re at risk for—pneumonia is a culprit too. In fact, we’ve seen the topic of pneumonia in the media lately because former First Lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized for the illness, according to the New York Times. Pneumonia is... Read More
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As parents, we wish for our kids to thrive and be independent, successful adults. Did you know that one of the factors interfering with that wish is being overly involved, also known as, “helicopter parenting?” A helicopter parent is one who pays extremely close attention to... Read More
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Updated 05/12/2015 Bullying is an issue I follow in the news and try to spotlight when I can because it is so harmful, even deadly. I have written about ways to detect bullying, some tips to prevent it, cyber bullying and bullying of autistic children. I also follow the... Read More
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This post discusses detailed strategies to use during the visit, as well as how to appropriately reward good behavior after the appointment. The key is to remain calm and be honest so your child can learn to build trust in their medical care providers—trust which will carry... Read More
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It’s the middle of flu season and many of you have taken action to prevent the flu from affecting your family, which includes getting the flu shot, washing your hands often, among other things. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we see children who are already sick and often... Read More
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Whenever a child is diagnosed with a cancer the number one question I see as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases is, “What caused my child’s cancer?” Parents often wonder if there was any way they could have prevented their child... Read More
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As an advanced practice pediatric nurse, I am constantly learning about cutting edge approaches to care. For one of my courses recently, I researched and wrote a paper on Family-Centered Care (FCC) in the pediatric hospital setting and it struck such an emotional chord that it... Read More
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As a kid, I had lot of throat infections. I was used to taking antibiotics and missing school pretty frequently. Finally, after I had been dealing with nagging infections for an extended period of time, my doctor informed my mother that I would need to have my tonsils removed... Read More
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On September 30, the Teen Lounge was filled with laughing kids and parents as they got to take in a special screening of the 25th season premiere of America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV) alongside the comedic host, Tom Bergeron. Tom was an instant hit with all the patients he... Read More
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Our dog volunteers visit the hospital daily. They wear a purple bandanna and have their own Children’s Hospital Los Angeles identification badge. We’re proud of our dog volunteers because they do a lot of good for patients and families receiving care at the hospital. They help... Read More
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Many people think cats, especially kittens, are playful and adorable. While this is true, you may be shocked to find out that cats carry bacteria called bartonella henselae (Cat Scratch Disease). Cat scratch disease can affect anyone, including people with decreased immune... Read More
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By Francesca Cazzulino, CPST, Health Education Associate I-Trauma ProgramKeeping your children safe as pedestrians in traffic is always a concern. During the fall and winter, it’ll gets dark earlier in the day and will for some time until spring. Driving when it’s dark out can... Read More
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By RN Remedies blogger, Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP Recently, I came across an article about digital stress and its effects on teenagers. Working in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, this is often a topic of concern for teenagers and their families. More... Read More
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All my life I have heard phrases like, “Drink plenty of water,” “Keep yourself hydrated,” or “Be sure to get your eight glasses a day.” These reminders are to make sure I drink enough water every day. When I used to drink only sodas, my doctor asked me, “Do you wash your... Read More

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