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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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Growing up in London, England, we had a cat, as well as other animals including rabbits, chicken and one tortoise. Since then, we have carried on the tradition with two to three cats at any given time. You can imagine my surprise when my daughter moved away from home only to... Read More
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Did you know that children, even infants, can get kidney stones? While it used to not be very common in the kids, doctors are finding kidney stones increasingly more common. Kidney stones can cause unbearable pain, and can be difficult to get rid of. The best advice for dealing... Read More
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Note: resources for this blog post came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most parents know that lead is bad for children. We have heard that it was removed from paints and that pencils no longer have lead in them. But the danger of lead still remains. I... 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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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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I remember the days of airplane travel with an infant, and then toddler, in my arms. As a mom, I worried whether my child would tolerate the airplane trip because of ear pain or whether it would be a hard trip for other passengers. After reading a study representing that 25 to... Read More
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By RN Remedies blogger, Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP The importance of using contraceptive methods can be a difficult conversation to have with your child or teenager. In the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I speak with... Read More
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How many times have you been in the waiting room at your pediatrician's office and heard crying from a child in another room? Maybe the sound even prompted your child to ask why the other child was crying. Your child needs to know exactly when he or she WILL be getting a shot... Read More
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Did you know that our skin is the largest organ of our bodies? It’s essential for protecting our internal organs, muscles and bones. It holds us together! Skin reflects who we are and it is the first impression of us upon others. For teenagers, this can be a painful and... Read More
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The process and experience of breastfeeding is a mystery to many. With mixed messages on the Internet and in the media, there is a lot of information available and much of the information can be confusing to new mommies. As a nurse in the Institute for Maternal-Fetal Health, I... Read More
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Raising two boys is both challenging and rewarding. Challenging in the sense that my boys love to explore and attempt to open doors and all sorts of closed objects. This includes brightly colored cleaning products and some household chemicals can cause serious injury or even... 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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Recently, Extra Life’s 24-hour video game marathon fundraiser, video gamers raised more than $100,000 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The 24-hour video game marathon event, which was live-streamed on the gamer website Twitch, gathers video gamers from around the globe to... Read More
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Cellphone use is common, especially with pre-teens and teens. MSN Money wrote that six in ten parents buy cellphones for their preteen children. I’ve even seen infants using cellphones (and tablets) for its family-friendly applications and entertainment. As a nurse... 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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We all have heard someone tell us, “Don’t miss your doctor appointment.” Ever wonder why? Going to see your doctor for regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. It can also aid in early detection of diseases, which increases your chances for... Read More
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The topic of breastfeeding in public has long been a subject of debate and confusion, particularly in the United States. Experts encourage women to breastfeed on their babies’ feeding schedule while some members of the community disapprove when moms breastfeed outside their... Read More
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As a pediatric nurse practitioner in the urology clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of the more common non-surgical issues I see is bedwetting. This is a very frustrating issue for many children and families. Parents often have to wash sheets and bedding on a daily... Read More

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