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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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Many people think cats, especially kittens, are playful and adorable. While this is true, you may be shocked to find out that cats carry bacteria called bartonella henselae (Cat Scratch Disease). Cat scratch disease can affect anyone, including people with decreased immune... Read More
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Most of my posts cover topics that impact the majority of parents. But, for this post, I want to give a little extra support to parents who have kids with gastrostomy feeding tubes (G-tubes). The needs of this community are extra special. Making sure your child eats and gets... Read More
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Mommy, I’m hungry and thirsty. Can I have some juice and chips? We have all heard this question and want to provide the best nutrition to our children. As parents, we wonder, “What types of nutrition can provide the best source of energy needed for our children?” Continue... Read More
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Teething can be a time of great frustration for caregivers, in this post I will list some of the most common symptoms, explain how they relate to teething and share some insight on how to help soothe your little one during this potentially uncomfortable time. When Does... Read More
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The original version of this story is featured in Community Benefit Report, 2013 issue (page 20). Recent studies show that in Los Angeles, 22 percent of young adults ages 18 to 24 live in poverty. Among those ages 20 to 24, unemployment is 9.4 percent, compared to 6.1 percent... Read More
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 There is nothing more anxiety provoking for a pregnant woman than being told that she must go on bed rest. According to Dr. Sara Twogood, who is one of two physicians that deliver infants who are high-risk pregnancies in partnership with the The Institute for Maternal-Fetal... Read More
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Around 11 years of age, your child’s primary health care provider will recommend getting the HPV series. But what is HPV and why should your child receive this vaccine against this virus? HPV stands for human papilloma virus. It is a common virus that is spread through sexual... Read More
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I have some "big news" to share with new moms. The Food and Drug Administration and (FDA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a warning to parents and caregivers to stop using infant sleep positioning products (also known as "sleep positioners.")... Read More
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During the winter, the flu isn’t the only illness we’re at risk for—pneumonia is a culprit too. In fact, we’ve seen the topic of pneumonia in the media lately because former First Lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized for the illness, according to the New York Times. Pneumonia is... Read More
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Soon after becoming a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 11-year-old Connor and his mom discovered something wonderful and unexpected—the hospital hosts a steady stream of therapy dogs! Connor with therapy dog, Rocky.   In 20 stays over the past eight months,... Read More
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Parents of young girls face the all-important question, "When do I talk to my daughter about puberty?" In my experience as a nurse teaching puberty classes in my community for 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes at various elementary schools near my home, I've developed a list of... Read More
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It’s the middle of flu season and many of you have taken action to prevent the flu from affecting your family, which includes getting the flu shot, washing your hands often, among other things. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we see children who are already sick and often... Read More
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On September 30, the Teen Lounge was filled with laughing kids and parents as they got to take in a special screening of the 25th season premiere of America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV) alongside the comedic host, Tom Bergeron. Tom was an instant hit with all the patients he... Read More
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Our dog volunteers visit the hospital daily. They wear a purple bandanna and have their own Children’s Hospital Los Angeles identification badge. We’re proud of our dog volunteers because they do a lot of good for patients and families receiving care at the hospital. They help... Read More
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We need your help. January is more than just a cold, winter month. It’s a month of new beginnings, resolutions and goals. Resolve to donate blood and give the gift of life to kids receiving chemotherapy, undergoing heart surgery, fighting Sickle Cell Disease and recovering from... Read More
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By RN Remedies blogger, Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP Recently, I came across an article about digital stress and its effects on teenagers. Working in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, this is often a topic of concern for teenagers and their families. More... Read More
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Despite the fact that I am a nurse, it’s still scary when my son runs up to me with blood dripping down his face from a bloody nose. It can be equally scary for both parent and child to figure out how to make a nosebleed stop. As with most things, remaining calm as a parent is... Read More
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As a baby, Amanda was treated for leukemia at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  Now, at age seventeen, she's not only a survivor, but an abc7 Cool Kid as a result of her efforts to raise money for the hospital. Amanda, and her friend Angelica, presented a check for the money... Read More
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When I was a kid I didn’t enjoy having my nails trimmed. I always worried that my mom was going to cut them too short or that it would hurt. Nail trimming and care can be a big source of stress for parents too. It is important to care for your child’s nails because nails... Read More

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