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Every year, children die from preventable toy-related injuries. The majority of toy-related deaths continue to be choking on small toy parts, such as marbles, balloons and small balls. And as many are in the search for the perfect toy to gift this holiday season, Alan Nager, MD... Read More
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Did you know May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? Even though it’s one month, being active and participating in sports should be a year-round thing, even during the winter. However, with summer approaching, there is no better time to encourage your child to go... Read More
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During the holidays, airports and roads are crowded with travelers hoping to spend time with loved ones and close friends. Traveling during the holidays can be extremely stressful due to long lines, challenging road and weather conditions and delayed flights. In this blog post... Read More
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The choice to take medications or not while you are breastfeeding can be a stressful decision for many moms. This is a major decision and important that you speak with your pediatrician and a lactation consultant. The key questions to consider for taking medication during... Read More
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Note: resources for this blog post came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. I remember the joy of hearing the ice-cream truck song, running to get money from my mom and buying delicious candy when I was a child. My... Read More
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The world of nutrition is a confusing place filled with new fad diets, contradicting information, and opinionated individuals who spread the word quickly. But who should you really listen to for nutrition advice? Registered dietitians (RD) or registered dietitian... Read More
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How many fast food restaurants have you driven through at 6 p.m. on a work night, with a hungry child in the back seat? Many of us have, and as parents we likely feel guilty. Childhood obesity is rapidly on the rise in this country. A recent study published in the Wall Street... Read More
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My nephew recently came up to me and said, “I have a boogie” as he held out his finger and waves a ball of freshly plucked mucous in front of me. Gross. I immediately remedied this situation by handing him a tissue and sending him to the restroom to wash his hands.  Does this... Read More
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The weather is cold and the runny noses and coughing have started. When I worked in primary care pediatrics, I cared for many children who had a runny noses, coughing, congestion and fever. Most of the time, children that had viral illnesses in the upper respiratory tract and... 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, Nicole... Read More
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Summer is around the corner and for many kids this is a time for outdoor barbecues, picnics and other outdoor activities involving food and fun. I remember backyard barbecues, picnics in the park or cookouts at the beach during the summer when I was a kid. We said goodbye to... Read More
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In a previous post (Teens & Texting: What Parents Need to Know), I introduced the subject of teens and text messaging, providing an overview for parents to better understand this modern phenomenon. From the perspective of a health care provider, I would like to illustrate... 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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Riding a bicycle can be one of the great joys in life. It can bring a sense of independence and accomplishment to a young child. But it can also be dangerous if proper safety precautions aren't taken. A properly-fitting helmet can help reduce the risk of a bicycle fall resulting... Read More
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Spring break and prom season are around the corner, which is what got me thinking about the topic of infectious mononucleosis, otherwise known as mono or the “Kissing Disease.” The reason why these two exciting springtime events inspired this blog post is because, well,... Read More
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As parents, maintaining consistency at home helps you and your child in so many ways. For example, soccer practice on the same day and at the same time every week, bath time around the same hour every night, etc. As a nurse in Rehabilitative Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los... Read More
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Most teens prefer not to talk to their parents about drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs. Generally, these are activities they discuss (and/or engage in) with their friends, and keep very private. Parents can really never know for sure what their teens are doing.... Read More
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On the way to work, one morning, I was listening to talk radio and the host and guest were talking about the fact that 10,000 children a year are injured in those big and fun looking “bounce houses” that parents rent for parties. You see them in driveways on weekends with happy... Read More
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Co-sleeping or bed sharing with an infant has become a topic of discussion in the United States, most recently in KSPR’s (ABC News affiliate) coverage of an infant death in Missouri.  What is Co-Sleeping? Co-sleeping is defined as parent(s) and infants sleeping together in... Read More
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It can be very difficult for children using inhalers to coordinate pressing the inhaler and breathing in at the same time. Using a spacer with an inhaler can help your child get the proper amount of medicine into his or her lungs. A spacer looks like a round plastic tube that... Read More

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