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Around this time of year, you may wonder, if it’s important to get the flu shot and if it’s worth the hassle. Every doctor and nurse will say “Yes,” but you may have doubts and questions about why it is so critical to get the flu shot every year. This blog will give you the... Read More
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Did you know May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? Even though it’s one month, being active and participating in sports should be a year-round thing, even during the winter. However, with summer approaching, there is no better time to encourage your child to go... Read More
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Mary Virgallito, MSN, RN, CIC, has been part of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles family for more than 10 years. Since receiving her nursing degree more than 12 years ago, she has been focused on primary care pediatrics, managing a team of nurses and infection control and... Read More
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The afternoon was ripe for a lemonade and lollipop-themed birthday party. If you looked up, you’d see lush trees and party balloons; not one cloud to shade the fun for two of our patients, Josie and Teresa, along with their family and friends. Josie (born Maria de Jesus Quiej... 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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In my earlier blog post about ear infections, I discussed my personal experience with the condition, discussed causes of ear infections, as well as signs and symptoms. Below, I'll talk about the following: Treatment for Ear Infections Ear Tube Surgery What Parents... Read More
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How many fast food restaurants have you driven through at 6 p.m. on a work night, with a hungry child in the back seat? Many of us have, and as parents we likely feel guilty. Childhood obesity is rapidly on the rise in this country. A recent study published in the Wall Street... Read More
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The weather is cold and the runny noses and coughing have started. When I worked in primary care pediatrics, I cared for many children who had a runny noses, coughing, congestion and fever. Most of the time, children that had viral illnesses in the upper respiratory tract... Read More
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Reading about the increasingly popular choking game, I had a sudden flashback memory of a game I once saw at a slumber party when I was a preteen. Girls would intentionally hyperventilate, then someone behind them would give a strong hug around the abdomen causing a momentary... Read More
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If you are a smoker, you should know there is no risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke. In adults, secondhand smoke can cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer.  In pregnant women, secondhand... Read More
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Whenever a child is diagnosed with a cancer the number one question I see as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases is, “What caused my child’s cancer?” Parents often wonder if there was any way they could have prevented their child... Read More
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I remember my first experience with head lice. I was working at a summer camp and on the first day I had to check for head lice on each of my campers. The camp nurse instructed each of us on what to look for, but I still felt unsure because I had never seen them. Since my... Read More
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One of the most magical moments for parents, following the birth of their baby, is when their newborn opens their eyes for the first time. Making eye-to-eye contact with your baby is priceless! Many new parents wonder, “What exactly does my baby see?” Help Your Baby’... Read More
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Thank you for supporting us in 2011! Last year was a defining year for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I would like to take a moment to celebrate with you, our supporters in our community, because what we have accomplished together is truly phenomenal. Award-winning... Read More
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When my wife and I learned that our children had many outdoor allergies, we realized that we were not going to become the baseball or soccer parents that we might have imagined. Our solution was to look into indoor sports programs such as martial arts, gymnastics and swimming.... Read More
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Parents often have what I call “fever phobia.” They rush to aggressively maintain a normal temperature for their child when a fever could actually be an indication of their child’s natural virus-fighting abilities in high gear. I know that your child’s safety and recovery... Read More
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When I was a little girl, my dad used to take my brother, sister and me hiking almost every weekend.  It was good for him AND us—both physically and emotionally. We took every opportunity to play family baseball in the park. My brother and I also played catch in the... Read More
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Growing up in London, England, we had a cat, as well as other animals including rabbits, chicken and one tortoise. Since then, we have carried on the tradition with two to three cats at any given time. You can imagine my surprise when my daughter moved away from home only to... Read More
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Energy drinks have been popular for a while now. They are marketed in attractive, brightly colored cans small enough to put in a pocket or purse and easy for small hands to hold, and they taste like soda or sweet fruit juice. Mostly consumed by teens and young adults,... Read More
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Adventure Equals Allergy My seven-year-old, Jojo, self-diagnosed a few years ago, declaring himself allergic to fruits, vegetables and almost anything green, except for Kermit.  (No, he does not eat frogs.) So, you can imagine my delight when he picked up some... Read More

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