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Nowadays, it's all too easy for children to fall into a life of inactivity. TV and video games encourage a sedentary existence, setting up habits that are difficult to break as an adult. That's why one of the best gifts parents can give their children is a lifestyle that... Read More
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Is your child waking up in the middle of the night frightened and screaming? These unsettling sounds may cause alarm, especially when they occur frequently. I’d like to help you understand the difference between nightmares and night terrors and how to help your child cope in... Read More
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The Story of Jack's Appendectomy In an earlier post, I told the story of a boy named Jack. His mother brought him to the emergency room of her local children's hospital because he displayed the tell-tale signs of someone possibly suffering from appendicitis, listed in "... Read More
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In the past, I have written on RN Remedies about my daughter’s adventures with various medical issues from insulin resistance to anaphylaxis. I am happy to say, she is now an adult and a trained doula with a goal to be a nurse midwife! For her studies, she did a project on... 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 FDA recently announced new requirements for over-the-counter sunscreens. Prior to these changes, the regulations on sunscreen only addressed concerns with protection against Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. New standards now include regulations for Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.... Read More
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As parents, we always want to do what is best for our children and keep them safe. Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers when soap and water is not available may decrease your child’s exposure to germs. Some parents, including you, may wonder if the amount of... 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. When... Read More
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The heat is on in Southern California, which increases the risk for sun burn and other types of burn injury. Since May is National Trauma Awareness Month, I was inspired to write about burns. The American Burn Association states that more than 136,000 children are treated in... 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 years... Read More
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“That’s yucky, I don’t like it.” Does this phrase sound familiar? My 5 year-old nephew almost predictably recites this line when new foods are presented. I would estimate that nine times out of 10 he has never even tried the food he is saying he is calling yucky. And yes, the... Read More
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Working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the past 25 years, with the last nine years being at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has given me a deep understanding of how parents can prepare if their child is admitted to the NICU. I have cared for many babies at the... Read More
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Your child received their acceptance letters for college and has most likely decided on where they want to attend, so you think the major worry is over. Yet, there are so many discussions that need to be had. For example, who will their roommate be, scheduling the orientation... Read More
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There we were, four families gathered for one of our nightly dinner parties during our annual stay at a mountain cabin when we heard a THUMP and the tell-tale sound of injury, a child beginning to cry. Until that moment, the children had been running around the big mountain... Read More
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Kasey was born and raised outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She grew up on a “horse farm,” but always had a strong interest in medicine. Her mother was a nurse, who would bring home unusable tongue depressors and bandages from the hospital. Kasey would create therapies and... Read More
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If your child is waking up in the middle of the night, thrashing around, sleepwalking or mumbling, they may be experiencing a night terror episode. Night terrors are common in children and differ from nightmares, which I talked about in part one of my two-part series, “Bad... Read More
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It’s never too early to start taking care of your child’s teeth. Baby teeth are not just important for a pretty smile, they are essential for speech, chewing food properly, and laying the foundation for permanent adult teeth. Keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy is... Read More
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A number of emails from retailers, online “gift guides” and holiday sales and deals at this time of year can be overwhelming. There are so many gift ideas for children. But how do you know if the gift ideas are good for your child? Will it promote being active, spending time... Read More
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Some of my favorite memories of childhood are of picnics in the park, barbeques in the backyard and potlucks at church. I loved the fun and sharing of friendships, families and conversation around delicious food. What I didn’t know is that sometimes, we were also sharing... Read More
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The full version of this story is originally featured in Imagine Magazine, spring 2012 issue (page 20). Five-year-old Justin DeLong had no signs of illness. He was just unusually pale for a couple of weeks prior to his regular annual checkup. But his coloring immediately... Read More

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