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By Pearl Ruiz Recently, there has been buzz about the new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about keeping your kids rear-facing until age 2 or until they reach the maximum weight or height on their car seat. These recommendations were provided in... Read More
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There is a lot of publicity at the moment about children being left alone in cars and the responsibility of parents. Some accidents are from forgetfulness, a change in routine or a quick errand that turns out to be longer than anticipated. Because of all the publicity and... Read More
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It is that time of year when a lot of us are setting resolutions for the New Year.  As I read through research on phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, I made the decision that one of my most important resolutions is going to be adding more color to my dinner plate. Well,... Read More
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When your child is sick, it’s easy to get caught up in running to urgent care and pleading with the doctor to fix her with antibiotics. Although it is difficult to overstate the benefits that penicillin and other antibiotics have played in treating bacterial infections,... Read More
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As a nurse in the Institute for Maternal-Fetal Health at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I meet many moms who are intimidated when it comes to knowing when and how to introduce bottle-feeding to their babies. It can be especially intimidating because of the many myths... Read More
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Teenagers are a wondrous species: They are smart and funny, part child and part grown up. They are trying to pull away from parents, but very dependent on their peers. There is peer pressure to engage in risky behavior. As a result, adolescents are at risk... 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... 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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Tinisha recently reconnected with nurses from The Heart Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when they crossed paths at an American Heart Association awareness walk in October. While there, Tinisha was excited to see some of the nurses who cared for her nearly 30... Read More
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Some of my fondest childhood memories involve playing basketball. I started playing competitive sports when I was about eight years old. I played on teams at my local park and recreation center and then quickly moved up to private travel league teams and in high school. I... Read More
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In my last post, "Talking to Your Daughter About Puberty," I presented tips for parents about how to broach the subject of puberty with their daughters.  These included helpful hints for how to explain what puberty is, discussing breast development and talk about shaving... 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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The RN Remedies program is growing at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles! During National Nurses Week in May, there were a number of nurses that expressed an interest in sharing their expertise with the community through the RN Remedies program. Our first new blogger,... Read More
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While here in Los Angeles we are fortunate to escape the many winter woes that are making headlines around the country, our sunny disposition still may not be enough to keep Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”, out of our thoughts. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that plays... 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... 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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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... Read More
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Did you know our skin is an organ? In fact it is the largest organ in the human body and it holds us together! Our skin has a big job to do too. It is our first line of defense and it also defines who we are. It’s no wonder why problems of the skin can be so emotional and so... 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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It’s not uncommon to find five-year-old Natalia Gomez dancing to music. She loves to move her hands and kick her feet, as evidenced by her love for kicking off her shoes at a moment’s notice. Natalia appeared healthy when she was born. But a startling health scare at five... Read More

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