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Grateful for Life—and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles   When she was born, doctors gave Regan Owens a few weeks to live. Seven years later, the spunky first-grader is always the life of the party, and never without a Justin Bieber song to sing. “You should watch the movie... Read More
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In my post, Talking with Teens about Drugs and Alcohol, I provided parents with some tips to help get the conversation started with their teen. This post goes into detail about what strategies parents can impart to their teens to help them cope with peer pressure.
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In the past, I have written on RN Remedies about my daughter’s adventures with various medical issues from insulin resistance to anaphylaxis. I am happy to say, she is now an adult and a trained doula with a goal to be a nurse midwife! For her studies, she did a project on... Read More
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As parents, we strive to protect our children, especially if we know certain choices can help protect them from cancer in adulthood. One of the choices you can implement as early as today is nourishing your family with fruits and vegetables, which can help them maintain a... Read More
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Most of my posts cover topics that impact the majority of parents. But, for this post, I want to give a little extra support to parents who have kids with gastrostomy feeding tubes (G-tubes). The needs of this community are extra special. Making sure your child eats and gets... Read More
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On Nov. 30, CHLA dedicated the first-ever time capsule at the hospital. Organized by the Employee Appreciation and Recognition Committee, the time capsule contains 75 items submitted by colleagues from around the hospital. Among other items, a lab coat adorned with many pins... Read More
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As parents, we always want to do what is best for our children and keep them safe. Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers when soap and water is not available may decrease your child’s exposure to germs. Some parents, including you, may wonder if the amount of... Read More
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Teething can be a time of great frustration for caregivers, in this post I will list some of the most common symptoms, explain how they relate to teething and share some insight on how to help soothe your little one during this potentially uncomfortable time. When Does... 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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During the holidays, airports and roads are crowded with travelers hoping to spend time with loved ones and close friends. Traveling during the holidays can be extremely stressful due to long lines, challenging road and weather conditions and delayed flights. In this blog post... Read More
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If you are like me, you are probably using those cute laundry pods to do your laundry. They are attractive and so easy to use! Plus they feel good to squeeze, like a water balloon! Since my child is grown up now, I don’t think much about kid-proofing my house, so I was very... Read More
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The children we treat are often immune-suppressed and have various illnesses. As nurses, we must protect our patients according to recommendations mandated by our doctors and infectious disease specialists. In the community, however, guidelines are different.
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As a pediatric nurse practitioner in the urology clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of the more common non-surgical issues I see is bedwetting. This is a very frustrating issue for many children and families. Parents often have to wash sheets and bedding on a daily... 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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Sharpened pencils: check; notebooks and paper: check; school schedule: check. As a parent, this check list may seem familiar to you. It is a clear indication that back-to-school season is here and that means preparing your child for the school year as best as you can. Children’... Read More
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For me, summer means more time outside exploring with my favorite furry friend – my basset hound Droopy Grouper! Droopy Grouper has been in my family for five years and was a gift after I graduated from my Nurse Practitioner Program at UCLA. He continues to be one of my best... Read More
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The Landry Family's Story At twenty weeks pregnant, Dayna Landry and her husband, Clark, were eagerly anticipating learning the sex of their unborn baby. Just a few minutes into the ultrasound exam, the doctor paused. Something was wrong—very wrong. The doctor immediately... Read More
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It’s never too early to start taking care of your child’s teeth. Baby teeth are not just important for a pretty smile, they are essential for speech, chewing food properly, and laying the foundation for permanent adult teeth. Keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy is... Read More
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As parents, maintaining consistency at home helps you and your child in so many ways. For example, soccer practice on the same day and at the same time every week, bath time around the same hour every night, etc. As a nurse in Rehabilitative Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los... Read More
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We need your help. January is more than just a cold, winter month. It’s a month of new beginnings, resolutions and goals. Resolve to donate blood and give the gift of life to kids receiving chemotherapy, undergoing heart surgery, fighting Sickle Cell Disease and recovering from... Read More

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