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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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Last August I wrote about the alarming issue of bullying, which is a profound public health problem in our nation’s schools and on social media. Bullying of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a major problem too. In fact, bullying a person with disabilities is against... Read More
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The scariest thing that could happen to a pregnant mom is being told that your baby has a complication or a birth defect. After the initial fears wear off, the thought of navigating the health care system, finding a specialist and scheduling tests can add to the scariness. As... Read More
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​ Smartphones: They drive our world these days, and for teenagers, they shape their world. Unfortunately, technology can come with a price. Cell phone problems arise with teens, often resulting in feuds between parents from overuse. They can also lead to cyber bullying,... Read More
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The fall season is upon us and so is the dreaded FLU Season. As a pediatric nurse, it’s important to me to share some information about avoiding catching the flu because children can be more significantly affected by the flu than adults, as can individuals at any age with... Read More
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As a nurse practitioner in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I see many children diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Unless you know a child with this condition or follow one of our inspiring patients like Hazel Hammersly, it’s... Read More
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Caring for a sick child is one of the most worrisome tasks of parenthood. Many parents wonder, “How do I know when to call the pediatric care provider?” A good rule of thumb, and one I share with parents of my patients in the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s... Read More
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Making your own baby food is a very personal decision many mothers think about. It is not always an easy choice because there are a lot of factors such as lifestyle, cost, benefits and risks that go into it. As my best friend put it, “There is something really gratifying and... Read More
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The Landry Family's Story At twenty weeks pregnant, Dayna Landry and her husband, Clark, were eagerly anticipating learning the sex of their unborn baby. Just a few minutes into the ultrasound exam, the doctor paused. Something was wrong—very wrong. The doctor immediately... Read More
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Educating yourself about the risks and benefits of ear tube surgery and discussing your child's individual symptoms and history with your child's doctor will empower you to make an informed decision about surgery.
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The moment the Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialist suggested that our youngest daughter needed to have tonsil and adenoidectomy surgery (T&A), my heart sank a little. Having been a recovery room nurse for the past eight and a half years, I have seen how hundreds, if not... Read More
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A 18-person medical team left Children’s Hospital Los Angeles two weeks ago to head to Haiti on a medical mission. The task at hand was a medical procedure six months in the making with world-renowned surgeons poised to separate twin girls—Marian and Michelle—who were... Read More
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  Many of my blog posts are either inspired by or feature my daughter, but this particular topic—cold sores—was inspired by my oldest childhood friend. When we were young, she would call her cold sores “fever blisters,” which is a nickname for cold sores on the mouth. Cold... Read More
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I grew up in a small town in San Diego County and during Halloween people got creative in their decorations and costumes. They were probably focused on creativity rather than safety. For example, pumpkins were carved with big kitchen knives and fake spider webs were made with... Read More
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Did you know spring is not the only time of year we experience allergies? Allergies come from different sources such as dust, cats, soy, peanuts, etc. It’s a major cause of illness in the United States. Up to 50 million Americans, including millions of kids, have some type of... Read More
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As a mom, I understand the fear parents have when they think their child is having a fever. As a nurse, I think about things like “febrile seizures,” or brain damage from fevers, and rush for Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (popularly consumed as Tylenol® or Motrin®). But is... Read More
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On our inpatient unit of pediatric patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, we often see babies with issues related to eating. Some babies can’t eat normally. This means they do not take in enough calories, or there is some problem with the GI tract, which runs from the... Read More
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“Good night, sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite.” It’s a cute bedtime phrase many of us heard as children while being tucked into bed. Some of us may even continue to say this to our children. But did we ever really think about it—a bed bug bite? Maybe it’s just an old... Read More
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I think a lot about keeping my kids safe. Working in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles I see a lot of kids who are ill or injured because of an accident and it makes me more aware of safety than ever. One of the things I... Read More
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Summer days bring increased fun outdoor activities for young children, adolescents and young adults. While kids and teens may think of themselves as invincible, they are prone to heat-related illnesses. As an RN in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Inpatient Rehabilitation unit... Read More

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