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Parents of young girls face the all-important question, "When do I talk to my daughter about puberty?" In my experience as a nurse teaching puberty classes in my community for 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes at various elementary schools near my home, I've developed a list of... Read More
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Child Life specialists are among the many specialized care team members at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles working with children when they are in the hospital. They work in many departments with patients who are admitted into the hospital or visiting for a one-day surgery or... 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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Summer is around the corner and for many kids this is a time for outdoor barbecues, picnics and other outdoor activities involving food and fun. I remember backyard barbecues, picnics in the park or cookouts at the beach during the summer when I was a kid. We said goodbye to... Read More
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Around 11 years of age, your child’s primary health care provider will recommend getting the HPV series. But what is HPV and why should your child receive this vaccine against this virus? HPV stands for human papilloma virus. It is a common virus that is spread through... Read More
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We are happy to announce a new addition to CHLA’s RN Remedies® Program—Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP. Bianca has been a pediatric nurse for 10 years, with most of those years spent at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). After being... Read More
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Soon after becoming a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 11-year-old Connor and his mom discovered something wonderful and unexpected—the hospital hosts a steady stream of therapy dogs! Connor with therapy dog, Rocky.   In 20 stays over the past eight... Read More
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By Pearl Ruiz Recently, there has been buzz about the new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about keeping your kids rear-facing until age 2 or until they reach the maximum weight or height on their car seat. These recommendations were provided in... Read More
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The moment the Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialist suggested that our youngest daughter needed to have tonsil and adenoidectomy surgery (T&A), my heart sank a little. Having been a recovery room nurse for the past eight and a half years, I have seen how hundreds, if not... Read More
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It is that time of year when a lot of us are setting resolutions for the New Year.  As I read through research on phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, I made the decision that one of my most important resolutions is going to be adding more color to my dinner plate. Well,... Read More
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Halloween is a fun and creative time for both children and parents, but is also a night for families to pay extra attention to safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of pedestrian-related fatalities among children increases significantly... Read More
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Having your child be diagnosed with cancer is a scary time. The idea of starting chemotherapy or radiation therapy can be overwhelming. As a nurse practitioner in the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I’ve seen these treatments... 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... Read More
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Co-sleeping or bed sharing with an infant has become a topic of discussion in the United States, most recently in KSPR’s (ABC News affiliate) coverage of an infant death in Missouri.  What is Co-Sleeping? Co-sleeping is defined as parent(s) and infants sleeping... Read More
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On February 29, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles opened its doors to the first Optical specializing in eyewear for babies to young adults. Located in Monrovia, close to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Outpatient Center in nearby Arcadia, Children’s Optical offers one-stop... 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... Read More
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We’re excited to introduce Judith Tighe, RN, CPN, our new RN Remedies® blogger. Born in South London, Judith knew she wanted to be a nurse when she was 7 years old. During the course of her career, she has practiced nursing in three countries—United Kingdom, Canada and the... Read More
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  The egg, for many years, was thought to be a big offender in causing high blood cholesterol levels. This is a myth that newer research has busted! The egg itself is not the culprit that people once thought it was. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy fat-... Read More
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There are many factors putting you and your family at risk for illness this season. As a nurse in the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Float Pool, I often work in our Emergency Department. A common issue I see parents bring their children in for, and one that I would like to... Read More
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In my last post, "Talking to Your Daughter About Puberty," I presented tips for parents about how to broach the subject of puberty with their daughters.  These included helpful hints for how to explain what puberty is, discussing breast development and talk about shaving... Read More

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