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A baby monitor is an item many new parents have, including me. I’ve heard “the good” and “the bad” on baby monitors. As a nurse, I specialize in rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and writing about injury prevention is close to my heart. I want you to walk away... Read More
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If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns, eye injuries, lost fingers, as well as other even more serious trauma in both young children and adults. That's why the best way to keep your family safe this holiday is to attend a public fireworks display. By leaving the... Read More
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Halloween is a fun and creative time for both children and parents, but is also a night for families to pay extra attention to safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of pedestrian-related fatalities among children increases significantly... Read More
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On a daily basis our patients have the opportunity to engage in expressive arts therapies through the hospital’s Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program. The program brings together local artists, performers, and teachers with registered and certified Expressive Arts Therapists... Read More
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Any parent will have a pretty good idea about what diaper rash is because it is a very common problem. Up to one third of all diaper wearing babies have a diaper rash at any given time! I found a cutely titled article on diaper rash written by British advanced practice nurses,... Read More
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All my life I have heard phrases like, “Drink plenty of water,” “Keep yourself hydrated,” or “Be sure to get your eight glasses a day.” These reminders are to make sure I drink enough water every day. When I used to drink only sodas, my doctor asked me, “Do you wash your... Read More
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The chill in the air may stir an appetite for a comforting, healthy and tasty meal. Some of the RN Remedies nurse bloggers share their favorite winter recipes for you and your family to enjoy and savor!   “The kids love this soup.” Print this recipe Ingredients 4 cups... Read More
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I have a little monkey of a toddler. He is 18 months old and climbs EVERYTHING. In particular, he loves to climb up on our couch and watch the world go by outside. He leans on the window and giggles at the squirrels and birds in our yard. The problem is, toddlers don’t have... Read More
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There are many factors putting you and your family at risk for illness this season. As a nurse in the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Float Pool, I often work in our Emergency Department. A common issue I see parents bring their children in for, and one that I would like to... Read More
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Patients who wanted to watch the new acclaimed animated film, RIO 2, didn't have to go far--thanks to Lollipop Theater Network, a non-profit organization that brings the magic of movies currently in theaters to children confined to hospitals, and 20th Century Fox, kids of all... Read More
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 I was recently asked about the topic of eye safety and laser pointers, which sparked my interest since many parents are buying holiday gifts, many of which may contain a laser feature. To help investigate the issue, I reached out to my colleagues in the Injury Prevention... Read More
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  Last year Jack Osbourne, son of hard rocker Ozzy Osbourne and TV host, Sharon Osbourne, went public with his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). Jack, 26 years old, has lost 60% of the vision in his right eye. Click here to watch him discuss his diagnosis, alongside his... Read More
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In my experience as nurse, I’ve seen, firsthand, the health risks associated with teens text messaging too frequently. These can include sleep deprivation, carpal tunnel syndrome, visual changes, headaches. It’s also possible that the psychological health of a teen can be... Read More
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When I was a child, I remember my mom being concerned about her weight after having 6 children. I also remember how moody and irritable she became at one time when she was taking diet pills. Although I was too young to know why, my older siblings called her diet pills “grouchy... Read More
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The children we treat are often immune-suppressed and have various illnesses. As nurses, we must protect our patients according to recommendations mandated by our doctors and infectious disease specialists. In the community, however, guidelines are different.
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When your child is sick, it’s easy to get caught up in running to urgent care and pleading with the doctor to fix her with antibiotics. Although it is difficult to overstate the benefits that penicillin and other antibiotics have played in treating bacterial infections,... Read More
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If you are a smoker, you should know there is no risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke. In adults, secondhand smoke can cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In pregnant women, secondhand smoke has been... Read More
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Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH,... Read More
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My daughter told me during a phone call that she wasn't feeling well. She was away at college and told me there had been sandwiches at a party she'd attended. "I ate one and now I don’t feel good at all," she confessed. My nurse antennae went up because, in addition, to being... Read More
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 I often use my daughter’s childhood ailments as blog topics, but this topic, a type of fungal infection, is something I have experienced personally. The infection is itchy and uncomfortable—Ringworm! What is ringworm? Did you know that ringworm is not actually caused by a... Read More

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