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By Tracy Zaslow, MD, director of the Sports Concussion Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and medical director of the hospital’s Children's Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine Program. I meet with parents often in the Sports Concussion clinic at Children's Hospital Los... Read More
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Working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the past 25 years, with the last nine years being at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has given me a deep understanding of how parents can prepare if their child is admitted to the NICU. I have cared for many babies at the... Read More
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As parents, we wish for our kids to thrive and be independent, successful adults. Did you know that one of the factors interfering with that wish is being overly involved, also known as, “helicopter parenting?” A helicopter parent is one who pays extremely close attention to... Read More
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If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns, eye injuries, lost fingers, as well as other even more serious trauma in both young children and adults. That's why the best way to keep your family safe this holiday is to attend a public fireworks display. By leaving the... Read More
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Winter break is ending for many students, which means back to school. For college students, it means back to dorm living. When students live so close to one another, germs and illness spread easily and quickly. Which lead me to what inspired this blog post—the most recent... Read More
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A baby monitor is an item many new parents have, including me. I’ve heard “the good” and “the bad” on baby monitors. As a nurse, I specialize in rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and writing about injury prevention is close to my heart. I want you to walk away... Read More
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  When I was little, my dad nicknamed me “The Popper” because I was constantly popping out of bed at night after my parents had read me a story, tucked me in, and turned out the lights. I remember standing at the top of the stairs calling out to my parents to read me another... Read More
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Raising two boys is both challenging and rewarding. Challenging in the sense that my boys love to explore and attempt to open doors and all sorts of closed objects. This includes brightly colored cleaning products and some household chemicals can cause serious injury or even... Read More
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Did you know that many children who are potty-trained can experience pee accidents during the day? Sometimes these accidents entail little wet spots in the underwear, but sometimes kids have full-on accidents that require a change of clothes. This can be a very frustrating... Read More
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The chill in the air may stir an appetite for a comforting, healthy and tasty meal. Some of the RN Remedies nurse bloggers share their favorite winter recipes for you and your family to enjoy and savor!   “The kids love this soup.” Print this recipe Ingredients 4 cups... Read More
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As a mom, I understand the fear parents have when they think their child is having a fever. As a nurse, I think about things like “febrile seizures,” or brain damage from fevers, and rush for Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (popularly consumed as Tylenol® or Motrin®). But is... Read More
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Everybody is talking about the pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Whooping cough is back and it's making news. In fact, my colleague, Dr. Brett Leggett recently wrote a two-part blog series: Whooping Cough: California's Epidemic where he shares symptoms, diagnosis,... Read More
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Cellphone use is common, especially with pre-teens and teens. MSN Money wrote that six in ten parents buy cellphones for their preteen children. I’ve even seen infants using cellphones (and tablets) for its family-friendly applications and entertainment. As a nurse... Read More
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  Last year Jack Osbourne, son of hard rocker Ozzy Osbourne and TV host, Sharon Osbourne, went public with his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). Jack, 26 years old, has lost 60% of the vision in his right eye. Click here to watch him discuss his diagnosis, alongside his... Read More
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One weekend, I was at work on my unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when I started to feel as if the sounds of the entire hospital were thrumming and throbbing in my head. High-pitched voices sounded sharp. Middle sounds were muffled. I shared how I was feeling with my... Read More
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It’s summer and that means summer camp is officially in session! My summer camp experiences are some of my best childhood memories. Camp is an excellent activity for kids because it keeps them active and physically fit, allows them to make new friends and learn new skills, and... 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 and... 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 smoke has been... 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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