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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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As a parent, one of the most important parts of your relationship with your child is communication and maintaining an open and honest relationship. Our children look to us for guidance and protection. Information that’s good, bad or indifferent will be disseminated to our... Read More
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A shy child is a common concern many parents have during their child’s development. Parents hope for their child to be comfortable in social situations and meet friends easily. As a nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I see many kids walk through the hospital... Read More
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For me, summer means more time outside exploring with my favorite furry friend – my basset hound Droopy Grouper! Droopy Grouper has been in my family for five years and was a gift after I graduated from my Nurse Practitioner Program at UCLA. He continues to be one of my best... Read More
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If you are a new parent and breastfeeding, this is a great post for you or anyone in this life stage. I want to talk about “baby wearing.” Yes, it is exactly how it sounds. You wear your baby. In the United States this may seem like a new concept, but baby wearing goes back... Read More
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Asthma affects as many as 10 to 12 percent of children in the United States and is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. For unknown reasons, the incidence of asthma in children is steadily increasing. While asthma symptoms can begin at any age, most children... 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 my wife and I learned that our children had many outdoor allergies, we realized that we were not going to become the baseball or soccer parents that we might have imagined. Our solution was to look into indoor sports programs such as martial arts, gymnastics and swimming.... Read More
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Have you ever listened to a song that took you back to the memory of a specific time in your life, reminded you of a special person, made you feel relaxed or gave you energy? There is definitely a certain power associated with music. Music can bring up emotions, memories, or... Read More
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Courtesy of Bianca Edison, MD, MS, attending physician in Children's Orthopaedic Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles It’s wonderful to see children grow and learn new things. But along with every developmental milestone kids achieve is a new layer of curiosity. Think of... Read More
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  The egg, for many years, was thought to be a big offender in causing high blood cholesterol levels. This is a myth that newer research has busted! The egg itself is not the culprit that people once thought it was. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like... Read More
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The first time I smelled my 8-year-old son’s musty arm pits, I became emotional! There were a million thoughts flowing through my head. How did this happen so fast? He hasn’t even reached puberty yet! How can I explain the changes that are going on in his body to him? There... Read More

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