All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on December 4, 2018
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Cue-based feeding is a broad term to describe a process by which parents and medical providers can successfully attend to developmental cues to promote optimal feeding opportunities. It is also referred to as infant-led or demand feeding. This approach may be used to heighten... Read More
Published on November 29, 2018
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By Katie Sweeney Meet Richard. He’s in fifth grade, loves his teacher, enjoys running, swimming and drawing, and has an ear-to-ear smile that makes him friends wherever he goes. And he’s gone a lot of places lately—while he lives in Los Angeles right now, his real home is in... Read More
Published on November 21, 2018
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Six officers race on all seven continents for the sake of helping others. By Michael Y. Park An experienced runner who’d traveled around the globe to race, Randy Pentis was used to seeing courses lined with gawking onlookers. But this? This was something else entirely. He... Read More
Published on November 13, 2018
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When 7-year-old Evabelle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, her parents found empowerment and support at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. By Candace Pearson Sometimes, the early signs that a child is ill can be so subtle, a family may not realize what’s happening—until... Read More
Published on November 1, 2018
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A dying 3-year-old boy. A desperate email. A stranger’s astonishing gift. By Katie Sweeney They were flying down the 101 freeway through Santa Barbara—the kids in the back seat, Chris at the wheel, and Holly next to him, frantically poring over the medical file the doctor... Read More
Published on October 25, 2018
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An unconventional treatment at CHLA heals a fluke injury, and helps a baseball phenom get back on track. By Matt Villano Yes, his name is really Win. It’s appropriate considering what the 12-year-old Manhattan Beach phenom does on the baseball diamond. It also applies to how... Read More
Published on October 24, 2018
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Swelling in a child can happen for different reasons, but most commonly happens after trauma or medical condition. Another common cause of swelling is a condition called lymphedema. Since I often work children with lymphedema, parents will ask me questions regarding the cause... Read More
Published on October 11, 2018
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By Bhavana Arora, MD, Medical Director, CHLA Health Network   Have you ever chased your toddler around with a spoon, flying it like an airplane, hoping to land one morsel of food in the child’s mouth? If so, your child might be a picky eater. Picky eaters respond to a... Read More
Published on October 11, 2018
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CHLA’s Heart Institute gives an 11-year-old baseball player a chance to get back in the game. By Matt Villano When it comes to baseball, “heart” is one of those intangibles in a player that scouts covet. Generally, the word refers to a variety of attributes including hustle... Read More
Published on October 3, 2018
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Phyllis D’Ambra will never forget the day that changed her life. A teenager sitting quietly among her peers in a classroom at Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro, Calif., she was summoned to the principal’s office.“There were 62 of us in the senior class and the... Read More
Published on September 21, 2018
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By Jeff Weinstock Urged on by a mantra started by her parents, Tessa fought like a tiger to overcome leukemia. It was an innocent question, one for which Meredith had the good fortune of not knowing the answer—otherwise she wouldn't have asked it: "What are labs?" After a... Read More
Published on September 14, 2018
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By Katie Sweeney   Please, let this be an infection. Please, an infection—not leukemia.   Those were the words running over and over through Nina’s head on April 12, 2013, as she sat by her 3-year-old son Alex’s bedside at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Earlier that... Read More
Published on September 5, 2018
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Tips from Ronald Ferdman, MD, pediatric allergist-immunologist from Children's Hospital Los Angeles Seeing your child struggle with asthma can be difficult. However, getting ahead of it and knowing your options can help prevent the asthma attack or lessen the severity. These... Read More
Published on August 16, 2018
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CHLA physician Dan Thomas, a former standout collegiate miler, drew on his history as a runner to help him overcome a near-fatal onset of Guillain Barré syndrome. By Jeff Weinstock Doctors do the darndest things. Take the one who walked right up to Dan Thomas, MD, at a... Read More
Published on August 13, 2018
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Nursemaid elbow has many names: pulled elbow, radial-head subluxation, annular ligament displacement. Basically, it is when the elbow is pulled into malalignment or partially dislocated.  Whatever you decide to call it, it is pretty scary the first time it happens to your kid... Read More
Published on August 2, 2018
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By Katie Sweeney First, he wiggled his fingers. Then he wiggled his toes. Now, he moves his head side to side, and he furrows his eyebrows when he doesn’t agree with you. For 3-year-old Ali Al-Mutawa—and for his parents and family, and his doctors, nurses and therapists at... Read More
Published on August 1, 2018
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By Bhavana Arora, MD, Medical Director, CHLA Health Network Lisa Stern, MD, a Santa Monica pediatrician, is used to hearing her patients in late summer express apprehension about the upcoming start of school. What’s sometimes surprising is the source of the stress: their... Read More
Published on June 21, 2018
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A quartet of teenage siblings makes CHLA happier, one song at a time By Matt Villano To many, they’re The Runaway Hamsters—a talented band of child musicians who sing country pop and strive to help those in need. To Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, however, the four Keen... Read More
Published on June 7, 2018
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Written by Kohl's Safety and Injury Prevent Program While drivers must obey traffic lights and be alert of people on the road, pedestrians too must be just as cautious – to always walk safely and remain visible. However, some things are out of our control as pedestrians:... Read More
Published on June 7, 2018
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Written by Kohl's Safety and Injury Prevention Program It is in every parent’s interest to keep his or her children safe at all times. We tend to associate safety with areas in which we are most familiar, like our home, but did you know that about 4.5 million children are... Read More

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