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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... Read More
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Did you know our skin is an organ? In fact it is the largest organ in the human body and it holds us together! Our skin has a big job to do too. It is our first line of defense and it also defines who we are. It’s no wonder why problems of the skin can be so emotional and so... Read More
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If you are a new parent and breastfeeding, this is a great post for you or anyone in this life stage. I want to talk about “baby wearing.” Yes, it is exactly how it sounds. You wear your baby. In the United States this may seem like a new concept, but baby wearing goes back... 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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Most teens prefer not to talk to their parents about drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs. Generally, these are activities they discuss (and/or engage in) with their friends, and keep very private. Parents can really never know for sure what their teens are doing... Read More
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Infant safety is a passion of mine, especially after becoming a nationally certified child passenger safety technician (CPST). This passion of mine is what inspired this post and an experience I had with a parent of a patient in which I was able to educate her on safe infant... Read More
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The thought of school locker rooms makes me shudder. There is just nothing hygienic about a bunch of sweaty teenagers in close quarters wearing days-old gym clothes and walking around with bare feet. Locker rooms are also breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses and fungus. If... Read More
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Did you know one of the most effective means to keep your family healthy is probably the simplest? I'm talking about good hand washing. You may have heard from your doctor and news reports, especially during flu season, just how important it is to wash your hands.... Read More
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By RN Remedies® blogger, Robert Giesler, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, RRT, CPSTIn our family, the Fall season means getting out of the house, enjoying the cooler weather and firing up the fire pit or barbecue for amazing family meals! We are big on barbecuing, and why not? It’s faster to... 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.... Read More
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Gateway Building to Get a New Name What better way for a former patient to benefit her favorite hospital than by naming a building? When Joyce Black (pictured here with her husband Stanley), was a little girl, she had severe ear infections that simply would not go away.... Read More
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I was picking my kids up from day care the other day. I asked my son (two and a half) to say “Hi” to my daughter (eight months) and he turned to his sister and exuberantly said “Aahhh!” It made me laugh because that is the sound my daughter makes when she “talks” to her brother... 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... 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... 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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Tinisha recently reconnected with nurses from The Heart Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when they crossed paths at an American Heart Association awareness walk in October. While there, Tinisha was excited to see some of the nurses who cared for her nearly 30... 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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Parents of young girls face the all-important question, "When do I talk to my daughter about puberty?" In my experience as a nurse teaching puberty classes in my community for 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes at various elementary schools near my home, I've developed a list of... Read More
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During my childhood things were different—we drank water from a garden hose, played outside until our parents told us to come home and we ate lots and lots of peanuts. Peanuts were a staple in many households during my childhood, most commonly for peanut butter and jelly... 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... Read More

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