All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on January 24, 2018
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I am lucky enough to have been raised Spanish-English bilingual in Los Angeles, a city in which greater than 50 percent of the population speaks a language other than English. Current estimates indicate that the number of people whose first language is not English will... Read More
Published on January 12, 2018
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Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FRCS, FAAP: The Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Haitian-born medical maven who has dedicated his life to not only helping the many kids that walk through CHLA's doors, but also the children... Read More
Published on January 5, 2018
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I can tell you the exact moment my son Alexander became a nail biter. He was 5 years old, watching his mom get dressed for work. I could see at the time Alexander place his finger in his mouth and chew on his nail. He never stopped; it was embarrassing for him, he learned to... Read More
Published on January 5, 2018
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As a Family Resource Center nurse, I have learned a lot from my families about living with central venous catheters (CVCs), also known as “lines.” I worked with a group of specialists that included a central line specialist, a Child Life specialist, a social worker, an... Read More
Published on January 4, 2018
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What is power mobility? Independent mobility is essential for cognitive and psychological development for children of all ages and abilities. For some children with disabilities, power wheelchairs are the only way they can achieve this independence. They can be used for... Read More
Published on December 28, 2017
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By Sarah Brown For a 4-day-old infant, 3½ hours is a long time. For his mother, it feels like a lifetime—when he is having open-heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect. Benjamin Clark was born at a healthy 9 pounds, 12 ounces on April 15 in Bakersfield,... Read More
Published on December 22, 2017
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Wildfires are not uncommon when you live in California—and that’s a scary thing for some children to grasp. We spoke to two experts at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles—pulmonologist Shirleen Loloyan Kohn, MD, and psychologist Stephanie Marcy, PhD—to get tips on keeping your... Read More
Published on December 19, 2017
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Who could make a sing-along the coolest thing ever? GWEN STEFANI. Gwen and songwriter Justin Tranter, along with their crew, brought festive cheer to the Family Lounge at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Lights, Christmas trees and holiday headbands set the mood as... Read More
Published on December 18, 2017
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On a bright, sunny weekend in March 2017, Aubrey and Tyler Kelly decided to celebrate their new family of five with a camping trip before the end of Tyler’s paternity leave. They piled their three kids—4-year-old Sierra; Pierce, not quite 2; and Harper, only 4-and-a-half... Read More
Published on December 15, 2017
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Kennedy Rae Lewis’ mom expected her first ride to be in the back seat of her car on the way home from the hospital. Instead, it was in a helicopter, just hours after she was born—and it was a ride on which her life depended. Kennedy arrived ten weeks early via emergency... Read More
Published on December 6, 2017
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It’s that time of year when family and friends start to ask what your child is interested in or what gifts they should give. Here’s a list of age-appropriate toys and items that will encourage skills and developmental milestones. 1 to 2 years old After the first year... Read More
Published on November 17, 2017
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As the best-selling book “Wonder” gains more traction with its film adaption so does the awareness of individuals with facial differences and especially for syndromes like Treacher Collins. “Wonder” is a fictional novel turned into children’s book and film that focuses on a... Read More
Published on November 15, 2017
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Every year, on a specific day, Trevor Carlee and Nick North get together with their friends to do one thing for 24 hours: play video games. Well, actually, there’s one more thing; they’re also helping Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The two have been hosting these... Read More
Published on November 14, 2017
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November is American Diabetes Month, with the purpose of increasing awareness of this growing health issue. It is a good opportunity to learn about the different types of diabetes and treatments used to manage them. There are several types of diabetes, but this article will... Read More
Published on November 13, 2017
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A Guide to Keeping up With Recalls for Baby Equipment and Toys For many of us growing up, a new toy meant new adventures and new ways to explore our world and imagination. Whether it was a new toy fresh out of the box, or a sentimental gift passed from one generation to... Read More
Published on November 7, 2017
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By Katie Sweeney Have you ever found yourself thinking about someone who made a significant impact on your life? And have you wished that you could tell that person just how grateful you are? Fourteen-year-old Sydney has had those thoughts many times over the years—... Read More
Published on November 1, 2017
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This has been the biggest Halloween celebration at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles yet! With our corporate partners and supporters, we were able to continue the costume distribution by Capital Group, card distribution by Service Titan and the Pumpkin Party! The... Read More
Published on October 27, 2017
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In South Pasadena, patients with neuromuscular disease come together over baseball. By Matt Villano Everybody who knows 6-year-old Andrew Escamilla always expected he would play professional baseball someday. His father, a diehard Dodgers fan, took the boy to see... Read More
Published on October 16, 2017
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Besides treating children with cancer, our Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats kids who have a genetic hematological disorder. This blog is about one type of hematological disorder called sickle cell disease (SCD... Read More
Published on October 11, 2017
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Do you remember your first bike? I do. It was purple, had a flowered banana seat, purple and white fringes coming off of the handlebars and, of course, training wheels. I loved that bike and remember riding it all over the neighborhood—falls and all.  Children’s... Read More

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