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For parents, it's often a shock when their child's pediatrician returns with a diagnosis of asthma. They can feel overwhelmed because as of yet, asthma cannot be cured. However, parents and children alike should take heart in the knowledge that with preventative measures and... Read More
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Constipation is a problem that affects many children. It’s a disruption in your child’s normal pooping pattern, which causes decreased frequency of bowel movements that may be hard, dry or painful to pass. Sometimes this issue is temporary, but it can also be chronic for some... Read More
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I work with children with various types of special needs and from what I know and have heard parents express is that navigating childcare can be difficult when your child is disabled. This is what inspired my first RN Remedies® blog post about how to prepare a visually... Read More
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Have you ever turned on soft soothing music to calm you and help you refocus when you felt stressed? Or turned on your favorite dance or rock music to help get you energized again when you felt low in energy? Music definitely can affect your mood and the way you feel and act.... 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 a... Read More
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As a rehab nurse, I often take care of young athletes with sports injuries, including head injuries. In fact, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats many of these patients in the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine. Recently, a friend came to me for advice about her son.... Read More
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When I worked in pediatric primary care, one of the biggest ear concerns that I heard from parents was about the presence of wax in their child’s ears and how to clean ears. While earwax is not pleasant to look at, it’s harmless and good for your ears! Everyone knows that ears... Read More
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The RN Remedies program is growing at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles! When Kristi heard that there was a desire for more kids’ health information from nurses, she jumped at the opportunity and wanted to get started right away. Her enthusiasm for blogging is infectious and we... Read More
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You may have heard of sepsis or septic shock. You may know someone who has had it or you may have read about it in the news. You may have heard it called “blood poisoning,” or not heard of it at all. Ara Festekjian, MD, one of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ esteemed... 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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Every five days, one child will die from choking in the United States. Choking is the fourth leading cause of death in children under five years of age. For parents, these are pretty scary statistics! But the good news is that most of these deaths are preventable.
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My 12-year-old niece competes in Irish Dancing. At a recent competition, I noticed that most of the adolescent competitors sweated a lot, appeared exhausted and lacked more and more energy as the competition wore on. In response, parents and coaches gave them whatever food and... Read More
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In my last post, Hot Days, Cool Water: Summer Safety Tips, I shared important water safety tips for parents and really focused on what parents should remember when their children are playing in the pool. But it's too easy to forget that the pool isn't the only place where kids... Read More
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Having your child be diagnosed with cancer is a scary time. The idea of starting chemotherapy or radiation therapy can be overwhelming. As a nurse practitioner in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I’ve seen these treatments... Read More
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Going to the pediatrician to get immunizations can be a source of anxiety for kids and parents. When I was a kid, I remember hiding in my pediatrician’s office to avoid getting a shot because I was afraid of a small poke. As a grown-up and a nurse, I feel fortunate that my... Read More
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Keep you and your family healthy this season! Last flu season, media reported that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the seasonal flu had spread throughout the country and reached high levels. Don't let your family become part of that statistic... Read More
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Unintentional injury remains one of the top five leading causes of death in children. The Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles sees far too many accidents taking place in the home, ranging from falls, near drowning, poisonings and even burns. While constant... Read More
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My wife and I worry about our 16-year-old son texting and driving, which according to the reports I read, teens tend to do more than they should. I think we should take away his phone, but my wife thinks we should take away his car, which is really our car. But as parents, we... Read More
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We’re excited to introduce Judith Tighe, RN, CPN, our new RN Remedies® blogger. Born in South London, Judith knew she wanted to be a nurse when she was 7 years old. During the course of her career, she has practiced nursing in three countries—United Kingdom, Canada and the... Read More
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Hearing plays an important role in communication, speech, language development and learning. Hearing loss (even partial hearing loss) is more common than you think. Earlier this year, ABC 7 did a story on ear buds and hearing loss, stating that one in five people in their... Read More

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