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This post discusses detailed strategies to use during the visit, as well as how to appropriately reward good behavior after the appointment. The key is to remain calm and be honest so your child can learn to build trust in their medical care providers—trust which will carry... Read More
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As a parent, one of the most important parts of your relationship with your child is communication and maintaining an open and honest relationship. Our children look to us for guidance and protection. Information that’s good, bad or indifferent will be disseminated to our... Read More
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A shy child is a common concern many parents have during their child’s development. Parents hope for their child to be comfortable in social situations and meet friends easily. As a nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I see many kids walk through the hospital... Read More
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For me, summer means more time outside exploring with my favorite furry friend – my basset hound Droopy Grouper! Droopy Grouper has been in my family for five years and was a gift after I graduated from my Nurse Practitioner Program at UCLA. He continues to be one of my best... Read More
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As an advanced practice pediatric nurse, I am constantly learning about cutting edge approaches to care. For one of my courses recently, I researched and wrote a paper on Family-Centered Care (FCC) in the pediatric hospital setting and it struck such an emotional chord that it... Read More
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As a kid, I had lot of throat infections. I was used to taking antibiotics and missing school pretty frequently. Finally, after I had been dealing with nagging infections for an extended period of time, my doctor informed my mother that I would need to have my tonsils removed... Read More
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I remember my first experience with head lice. I was working at a summer camp and on the first day I had to check for head lice on each of my campers. The camp nurse instructed each of us on what to look for, but I still felt unsure because I had never seen them. Since my days... Read More
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By Francesca Cazzulino, CPST, Health Education Associate I-Trauma ProgramKeeping your children safe as pedestrians in traffic is always a concern. During the fall and winter, it’ll gets dark earlier in the day and will for some time until spring. Driving when it’s dark out can... Read More
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When my wife and I learned that our children had many outdoor allergies, we realized that we were not going to become the baseball or soccer parents that we might have imagined. Our solution was to look into indoor sports programs such as martial arts, gymnastics and swimming.... Read More
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Teething can be a time of great frustration for caregivers, in this post I will list some of the most common symptoms, explain how they relate to teething and share some insight on how to help soothe your little one during this potentially uncomfortable time. When Does... Read More
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The original version of this story is featured in Community Benefit Report, 2013 issue (page 20). Recent studies show that in Los Angeles, 22 percent of young adults ages 18 to 24 live in poverty. Among those ages 20 to 24, unemployment is 9.4 percent, compared to 6.1 percent... Read More
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It’s likely you’ve heard of MRSA and not known exactly what it was. Some people in the media call it a “flesh eating bacteria” or “staph infection.” The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) categorized MRSA has a major public health threat.... Read More
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Expecting moms typically register for baby items based on what their friends (usually other moms) tell them "they MUST have." Sharing space at the top of the list, along with the latest fun trends in newborn fashion, is often BPA-free Baby Bottles. One thing I've realized is... Read More
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More mothers are breast feeding their children, which is a wonderful thing. Breastfeeding your infant or child, when they are ready to eat, is ideal. Yet, sometimes that isn’t possible. Working moms and on-the-go moms often pump (express) their breast milk and store it for the... Read More
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As parents, we wish for our kids to thrive and be independent, successful adults. Did you know that one of the factors interfering with that wish is being overly involved, also known as, “helicopter parenting?” A helicopter parent is one who pays extremely close attention to... Read More
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Constipation is a common problem for many children. Did you know that making simple changes to your child’s diet can often make a big difference? Bowel patterns are different for each child, but you can watch for patterns of less frequent bowel movements than normal—for... Read More
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When my daughter was a pre-teen, her routine blood glucose test came back a little high. Her pediatrician had her undergo a special test called a fasting blood glucose test, which was followed by a series of other tests. The results prompted her doctor to come back with a... Read More
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One of the great benefits to working as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is learning from colleagues from other disciplines in hospital. For example, I am co-teaching a class at CHLA for parents on how to care for a child who has a g-tube (gastrostomy tube... Read More
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My nephew is 4 years old and he is aware of his gluten-free diet. It’s cute watching him walk around our local farmer’s market asking vendors if their samples are gluten free. I’m not sure he understands what “gluten-free” means, as I’m sure that many adults can’t answer that... Read More
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Whenever a child is diagnosed with a cancer the number one question I see as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases is, “What caused my child’s cancer?” Parents often wonder if there was any way they could have prevented their child... Read More

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