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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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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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On our inpatient unit of pediatric patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, we often see babies with issues related to eating. Some babies can’t eat normally. This means they do not take in enough calories, or there is some problem with the GI tract, which runs from the... Read More
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Tragedy and disaster strikes when we least expect it. School shootings and natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes or forest fires are prime examples of how trauma and disaster can affect children and families. Parents should encourage their children to express their... Read More
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​ Smartphones: They drive our world these days, and for teenagers, they shape their world. Unfortunately, technology can come with a price. Cell phone problems arise with teens, often resulting in feuds between parents from overuse. They can also lead to cyber bullying,... Read More
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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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As a nurse practitioner in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I see many children diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Unless you know a child with this condition or follow one of our inspiring patients like Hazel Hammersly, it’s... Read More
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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 Children’s... Read More
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As a nurse in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I see many head and spine injuries. During the summer, kids spend more time playing and enjoying the great outdoors. Accidents tend to happen more often during the summer months... Read More
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  When I was little, my dad nicknamed me “The Popper” because I was constantly popping out of bed at night after my parents had read me a story, tucked me in, and turned out the lights. I remember standing at the top of the stairs calling out to my parents to read me another... 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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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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  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. Cold... Read More
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I grew up in a small town in San Diego County and during Halloween people got creative in their decorations and costumes. They were probably focused on creativity rather than safety. For example, pumpkins were carved with big kitchen knives and fake spider webs were made with... Read More
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As I enjoy each holiday season with my children, I want the next year to be better then the last. I tend to go a bit overboard because I want their memories to be magical because the holidays are so special. This does not come without a cost, the holidays are a barrage of... Read More
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As a mom, I understand the fear parents have when they think their child is having a fever. As a nurse, I think about things like “febrile seizures,” or brain damage from fevers, and rush for Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (popularly consumed as Tylenol® or Motrin®). But is... Read More
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“Good night, sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite.” It’s a cute bedtime phrase many of us heard as children while being tucked into bed. Some of us may even continue to say this to our children. But did we ever really think about it—a bed bug bite? Maybe it’s just an old... Read More
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Last August I wrote about the alarming issue of bullying, which is a profound public health problem in our nation’s schools and on social media. Bullying of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a major problem too. In fact, bullying a person with disabilities is against... 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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