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My two boys are ages 13 and 15 and my wife and I sometimes find that they want to spend time in our bed on lazy mornings. It’s a nice way for us to spend time together as a family, which also includes our dog. When our boys were infants, we cuddled and hugged them often, and... 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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A baby monitor is an item many new parents have, including me. I’ve heard “the good” and “the bad” on baby monitors. As a nurse, I specialize in rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and writing about injury prevention is close to my heart. I want you to walk away... Read More
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If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns, eye injuries, lost fingers, as well as other even more serious trauma in both young children and adults. That's why the best way to keep your family safe this holiday is to attend a public fireworks display. By leaving the... Read More
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Halloween is a fun and creative time for both children and parents, but is also a night for families to pay extra attention to safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of pedestrian-related fatalities among children increases significantly... Read More
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On a daily basis our patients have the opportunity to engage in expressive arts therapies through the hospital’s Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program. The program brings together local artists, performers, and teachers with registered and certified Expressive Arts Therapists... 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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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, in addition, to being... Read More
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 I often use my daughter’s childhood ailments as blog topics, but this topic, a type of fungal infection, is something I have experienced personally. The infection is itchy and uncomfortable—Ringworm! What is ringworm? Did you know that ringworm is not actually caused by a... 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 for injury and... Read More
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Flu season is in full swing, but it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. In fact, it’s never been easier and more convenient. The flu vaccine, which can be administered by syringe or by a nasal mist spray, can be obtained at a doctor’s office, or at almost any grocery store or... Read More
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The afternoon was ripe for a lemonade and lollipop-themed birthday party. If you looked up, you’d see lush trees and party balloons; not one cloud to shade the fun for two of our patients, Josie and Teresa, along with their family and friends. Josie (born Maria de Jesus Quiej... Read More
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According to the National Center for Health Statistics, sinusitis is the No. 1 chronic illness for all age groups in the United States. Pediatric sinusitis is estimated to complicate approximately 5 to 10 percent of upper respiratory infections in early childhood. Because... Read More
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Let’s face it. In L.A., we’re worried about our weight. For a new mom, weight loss after delivery of her child can be an important goal for a mom's self-esteem and happiness. But for moms who are breastfeeding, it is important that weight loss occur slowly and in a healthy... Read More
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We are happy to announce a new addition to CHLA’s RN Remedies® Program—Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP. Bianca has been a pediatric nurse for 10 years, with most of those years spent at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). After being... Read More
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On behalf of all the nurses of the RN Remedies program, we want to introduce Marvin Mangahis, our first male nurse blogger. This is an exciting time for the RN Remedies program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Marvin has been a pediatric nurse for more than 15 years.  He... Read More
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The children we treat are often immune-suppressed and have various illnesses. As nurses, we must protect our patients according to recommendations mandated by our doctors and infectious disease specialists. In the community, however, guidelines are different.
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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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If you are a smoker, you should know there is no risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke. In adults, secondhand smoke can cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In pregnant women, secondhand smoke has been... Read More
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Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH,... Read More

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