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For me, summer conjures up days of fun in oceans, lakes and pools because I love the water. It also reminds me of some close calls of my own, especially one episode involving my daughter.  In fact, I have told the story repeatedly—I will never forget that day. On a... Read More
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The Hearing and Speech Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles unveiled a newly revamped space on Jan. 28 with a celebratory ribbon-cutting that thanked former Children’s Hospital patient and current Girl Scout, Lauren Lee. “We just want to thank Lauren for all her hard-... Read More
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We all get emotional and perhaps say and do things we regret. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t. The reason I bring this up is because I recently read a sad story about a teenager with no prior history of violence, who let his emotions and aggression take over his body... Read More
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Anaphylaxis My daughter told me during a phone call that she wasn't feeling well. She was away at college and told me there had been sandwiches at a party she'd attended. "I ate one and now I don’t feel good at all," she confessed. My nurse antennae went up because... Read More
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For three years, I lived in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. There I sometimes experienced cold weather down to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit during the wintertime.  Frostbite was a real threat and you could readily find all kinds of information about how to identify, treat... 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... Read More
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As a nurse practitioner in the Division of Pediatric Urology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I take care of many children who have one kidney. When kids have one kidney, we call this a "solitary" or "singleton" kidney. The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located around... 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.... Read More
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Do you know what to do if your child gets a bloody nose, sprains their ankle, or gets a big scrape? I have friends and family members who literally keep me on speed dial every time someone in their house gets hurt. This got me thinking: what if you don’t have your own personal... Read More
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The Story of Jack's Appendectomy In an earlier post, I told the story of a boy named Jack. His mother brought him to the emergency room of her local children's hospital because he displayed the tell-tale signs of someone possibly suffering from appendicitis, listed in "... Read More
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My friend was recently concerned that her child might have pink eye and wondered if it was contagious. I informed my friend that pink eye is highly contagious and to call her child’s pediatrician. Her concern for her child is what inspired this blog topic, especially because... Read More
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The RN Remedies program is growing at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles! When Kristi heard that there was a desire for more kids’ health information from nurses, she jumped at the opportunity and wanted to get started right away. Her enthusiasm for blogging is infectious... 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... Read More
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At exactly 4:30 pm, counselors blow their whistles and a storm of breathless kids—basketballs and hula hoops in hand— rush inside and take their seats. It’s graduation day at Camp H.E.A.L. “Today, your kids are the teachers,” says Minister Dawnesha Beaver to the proud parents... 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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It’s almost fall and the new school year is here! It’s time to trade in the beach and lazy days for new pencils, early mornings and the classroom. The transition between summer break and school is not easy. To figure out how best to smooth out this transition, I asked three... 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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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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Any parent will have a pretty good idea about what diaper rash is because it is a very common problem. Up to one third of all diaper wearing babies have a diaper rash at any given time! I found a cutely titled article on diaper rash written by British advanced practice nurses,... 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... Read More

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