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When I think about trampolines I get a little nostalgic. I remember my grade school physical education (P.E.) days when the “traveling trampoline” came to our school. I absolutely adored it! It felt like I was flying. The whole class stood around the frame as “spotters”... Read More
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The Landry Family's Story At twenty weeks pregnant, Dayna Landry and her husband, Clark, were eagerly anticipating learning the sex of their unborn baby. Just a few minutes into the ultrasound exam, the doctor paused. Something was wrong—very wrong. The doctor immediately... Read More
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Finding a rash on a family member can be alarming. Without knowing what is causing the rash, parents often immediately wonder whether their child’s rash is contagious before they think of allergies as the cause. In Jojo's case, it was easy to suspect he was experiencing an... Read More
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The moment the Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialist suggested that our youngest daughter needed to have tonsil and adenoidectomy surgery (T&A), my heart sank a little. Having been a recovery room nurse for the past eight and a half years, I have seen how hundreds, if not... Read More
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A 18-person medical team left Children’s Hospital Los Angeles two weeks ago to head to Haiti on a medical mission. The task at hand was a medical procedure six months in the making with world-renowned surgeons poised to separate twin girls—Marian and Michelle—who were... Read More
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  Many of my blog posts are either inspired by or feature my daughter, but this particular topic—cold sores—was inspired by my oldest childhood friend. When we were young, she would call her cold sores “fever blisters,” which is a nickname for cold sores on the mouth. Cold... Read More
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I grew up in a small town in San Diego County and during Halloween people got creative in their decorations and costumes. They were probably focused on creativity rather than safety. For example, pumpkins were carved with big kitchen knives and fake spider webs were made with... Read More
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Did you know spring is not the only time of year we experience allergies? Allergies come from different sources such as dust, cats, soy, peanuts, etc. It’s a major cause of illness in the United States. Up to 50 million Americans, including millions of kids, have some type of... Read More
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Parents often have what I call “fever phobia.” They rush to aggressively maintain a normal temperature for their child when a fever could actually be an indication of their child’s natural virus-fighting abilities in high gear. I know that your child’s safety and recovery... Read More
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On our inpatient unit of pediatric patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, we often see babies with issues related to eating. Some babies can’t eat normally. This means they do not take in enough calories, or there is some problem with the GI tract, which runs from the... Read More
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Last August I wrote about the alarming issue of bullying, which is a profound public health problem in our nation’s schools and on social media. Bullying of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a major problem too. In fact, bullying a person with disabilities is against... Read More
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Summer days bring increased fun outdoor activities for young children, adolescents and young adults. While kids and teens may think of themselves as invincible, they are prone to heat-related illnesses. As an RN in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Inpatient Rehabilitation unit... Read More
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​ Smartphones: They drive our world these days, and for teenagers, they shape their world. Unfortunately, technology can come with a price. Cell phone problems arise with teens, often resulting in feuds between parents from overuse. They can also lead to cyber bullying,... Read More
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RN Remedies Q&A with Kelli Anderson, RN, BSN, RN III A reader asks, "When do you introduce a blanket (including size, material and style) to your child’s crib? My son is 18-months old and I have taken every precaution possible for sleep safety..."
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As a nurse practitioner in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I see many children diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Unless you know a child with this condition or follow one of our inspiring patients like Hazel Hammersly, it’s... Read More
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Caring for a sick child is one of the most worrisome tasks of parenthood. Many parents wonder, “How do I know when to call the pediatric care provider?” A good rule of thumb, and one I share with parents of my patients in the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s... Read More
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Last week I talked about the signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTI). Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms can help you get the care your child needs as quickly as possible. I see some children in our office, the Division of Pediatric Urology, who get... Read More
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  When I was little, my dad nicknamed me “The Popper” because I was constantly popping out of bed at night after my parents had read me a story, tucked me in, and turned out the lights. I remember standing at the top of the stairs calling out to my parents to read me another... Read More
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Growing up, my mom, sister and I would decorate the house for Christmas. And when I say decorate, I mean DECORATE! The day after Thanksgiving, we would dig into two wooden chests full of Christmas decorations and ask my dad to drag the... Read More
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Max Page, also known as “Mini Darth Vader,” and his family joined 28 other families for Family Advocacy Day July 25 in Washington, D.C. to share his story with lawmakers. There Max shared how Children's Hospital Los Angeles, his children’s hospital, has made an impact in his... Read More

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