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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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On a daily basis our patients have the opportunity to engage in expressive arts therapies through the hospital’s Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program. The program brings together local artists, performers, and teachers with registered and certified Expressive Arts Therapists... Read More
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  How excited are we to announce a new RN Remedies blogger? Pretty excited because, thanks to you, RN Remedies is a top online pediatric resource with the best nurse and nurse practitioner bloggers in the nation. Delilah Dees, RN, Clinical Care... Read More
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In my experience as nurse, I've seen, firsthand, the health risks associated with teens text messaging too frequently. These can include sleep deprivation, carpal tunnel syndrome, visual changes, headaches. It's also possible that the psychological health of a teen can be... Read More
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All my life I have heard phrases like, “Drink plenty of water,” “Keep yourself hydrated,” or “Be sure to get your eight glasses a day.” These reminders are to make sure I drink enough water every day. When I used to drink only sodas, my doctor asked me, “Do you wash your... Read More
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Constipation is a problem that affects many children. It’s a disruption in your child’s normal pooping pattern, which causes decreased frequency of bowel movements that may be hard, dry or painful to pass. Sometimes this issue is temporary, but it can also be chronic for... Read More
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Note: resources for this blog post came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most parents know that lead is bad for children. We have heard that it was removed from paints and that pencils no longer have lead in them. But the danger of lead still... Read More
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Patients who wanted to watch the new acclaimed animated film, RIO 2, didn't have to go far--thanks to Lollipop Theater Network, a non-profit organization that brings the magic of movies currently in theaters to children confined to hospitals, and 20th Century Fox, kids of... Read More
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I often think about the memories my children will carry into their adulthood of playing with dad (me!). Riding bikes, splashing in the pool or the many trips to the playground are all great things we do in warm weather. But don’t feel stuck indoors when the weather goes cold... Read More
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries: the causes and symptoms. Knee injuries are not fun and can take young athletes off the field or court for a significant amount of time. For example, my recovery time after I tore my ACL in my... Read More
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A new school year begins in a few weeks, which means your child will likely cross paths with vending machines, enjoy classroom celebrations and treats from school cafeterias. Although I know that it is near impossible to control everything that your children eats, I hope... Read More
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Riding a bicycle can be one of the great joys in life. It can bring a sense of independence and accomplishment to a young child. But it can also be dangerous if proper safety precautions aren't taken.At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, we treat numerous head injuries in our... Read More
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When I was a child, I remember my mom being concerned about her weight after having 6 children. I also remember how moody and irritable she became at one time when she was taking diet pills. Although I was too young to know why, my older siblings called her diet pills “grouchy... Read More
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Last week I talked about the signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTI). Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms can help you get the care your child needs as quickly as possible. I see some children in our office, the Division of Pediatric Urology, who get... Read More
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When a mom gives birth and starts to breastfeed for the first time, the first questions I am asked are, “What foods are okay to eat?  What should I avoid during breastfeeding?” The answer to these questions is easy…Nothing! I’ll explain in this post. Should I Remove... 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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This blog post originally published on August 30, 2011. The FDA has requirements for over-the-counter sunscreens. Prior to the changes, the regulations on sunscreen only addressed concerns with protection against Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Current standards include... Read More
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Cloth diapers … I know what you’re thinking! But continue reading and you may consider switching to cloth diapers for your bundle of joy. Before I read the many reviews and searched the Internet for information about cloth diapers, I was riding the disposable diaper wave... Read More
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By RN Remedies blogger, Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP Talking to your child about puberty can be difficult at any age, but discussing normal body changes with your 12-year-old might not seem as scary as talking to a 6-year-old. Recently, I had a friend ask me about this... 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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