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The holiday season is here and that means cold and flu season is also along for the ride! This is the time of year that our Emergency Department sees many children battling seasonal illnesses. Many times, we see families where one child is sick one week, and their brother or... Read More
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A few weeks ago my kids came home from school and said electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are safe to use because they heard a teacher say it. I want to teach my boys good values and educate them that e-cigarettes are not safe and can cause harm to their health if they use... Read More
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More than half of the patients treated by the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are under five-years-old, including the world’s youngest HSCT patient, who received a transplant at three weeks of age. Since 1983, more than... Read More
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One weekend, I was at work on my unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when I started to feel as if the sounds of the entire hospital were thrumming and throbbing in my head. High-pitched voices sounded sharp. Middle sounds were muffled. I shared how I was feeling with my... Read More
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There is a lot of publicity at the moment about children being left alone in cars and the responsibility of parents. Some accidents are from forgetfulness, a change in routine or a quick errand that turns out to be longer than anticipated. Because of all the publicity and... Read More
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My 12-year-old niece competes in Irish Dancing. At a recent competition, I noticed that most of the adolescent competitors sweated a lot, appeared exhausted and lacked more and more energy as the competition wore on. In response, parents and coaches gave them whatever food and... Read More
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In my last post, Hot Days, Cool Water: Summer Safety Tips, I shared important water safety tips for parents and really focused on what parents should remember when their children are playing in the pool. But it's too easy to forget that the pool isn't the only place where kids... Read More
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Having your child be diagnosed with cancer is a scary time. The idea of starting chemotherapy or radiation therapy can be overwhelming. As a nurse practitioner in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I’ve seen these treatments... Read More
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Going to the pediatrician to get immunizations can be a source of anxiety for kids and parents. When I was a kid, I remember hiding in my pediatrician’s office to avoid getting a shot because I was afraid of a small poke. As a grown-up and a nurse, I feel fortunate that my... Read More
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Keep you and your family healthy this season! Last flu season, media reported that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the seasonal flu had spread throughout the country and reached high levels. Don't let your family become part of that statistic... Read More
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Unintentional injury remains one of the top five leading causes of death in children. The Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles sees far too many accidents taking place in the home, ranging from falls, near drowning, poisonings and even burns. While constant... Read More
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My wife and I worry about our 16-year-old son texting and driving, which according to the reports I read, teens tend to do more than they should. I think we should take away his phone, but my wife thinks we should take away his car, which is really our car. But as parents, we... Read More
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We’re excited to introduce Judith Tighe, RN, CPN, our new RN Remedies® blogger. Born in South London, Judith knew she wanted to be a nurse when she was 7 years old. During the course of her career, she has practiced nursing in three countries—United Kingdom, Canada and the... Read More
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Hearing plays an important role in communication, speech, language development and learning. Hearing loss (even partial hearing loss) is more common than you think. Earlier this year, ABC 7 did a story on ear buds and hearing loss, stating that one in five people in their... Read More
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Recently, the rate of childhood obesity has fallen, this Feb. 26 ABC News story has more details, yet weight is still an issue with many parents and kids. Many parents want to know, “How do you help your child if they are concerned about weight?” I reached out to two experts... Read More
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Danielle is new to the RN Remedies® Program and we look forward to her helpful blog posts to help parents and caregivers. We sat down with Danielle to learn more about what inspires her. Danielle has an 8-year-old son, Matthew, who is the joy of her life. She came from very... Read More
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The scariest thing that could happen to a pregnant mom is being told that your baby has a complication or a birth defect. After the initial fears wear off, the thought of navigating the health care system, finding a specialist and scheduling tests can add to the scariness. As... Read More
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The fall season is upon us and so is the dreaded FLU Season. As a pediatric nurse, it’s important to me to share some information about avoiding catching the flu because children can be more significantly affected by the flu than adults, as can individuals at any age with... Read More
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Time to go swimming! We are right in the heat of summer, and when I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I spent most of my summer days swimming. My mother put me, my brother and sister in swimming lessons every summer at the local public pool. When I wasn’t in classes, I was... Read More
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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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