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When I worked in pediatric primary care, one of the biggest ear concerns that I heard from parents was about the presence of wax in their child’s ears and how to clean ears. While earwax is not pleasant to look at, it’s harmless and good for your ears! Everyone knows that ears... Read More
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A few weeks ago my kids came home from school and said electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are safe to use because they heard a teacher say it. I want to teach my boys good values and educate them that e-cigarettes are not safe and can cause harm to their health if they use... Read More
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Kasey was born and raised outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She grew up on a “horse farm,” but always had a strong interest in medicine. Her mother was a nurse, who would bring home unusable tongue depressors and bandages from the hospital. Kasey would create therapies and... Read More
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Some of my favorite memories of childhood are of picnics in the park, barbeques in the backyard and potlucks at church. I loved the fun and sharing of friendships, families and conversation around delicious food. What I didn’t know is that sometimes, we were also sharing... 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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Children's Hospital Los Angeles partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host a forum on the impact of secondhand smoke on families and children exposed in their apartments and condos on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The... 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 with... 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 together in... Read More
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I have a little monkey of a toddler. He is 18 months old and climbs EVERYTHING. In particular, he loves to climb up on our couch and watch the world go by outside. He leans on the window and giggles at the squirrels and birds in our yard. The problem is, toddlers don’t have... 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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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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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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When my daughter was a pre-teen, her routine blood glucose test came back a little high. Her pediatrician had her undergo a special test called a fasting blood glucose test, which was followed by a series of other tests. The results prompted her doctor to come back with a... Read More
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“Good night, sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite.” It’s a cute bedtime phrase many of us heard as children while being tucked into bed. Some of us may even continue to say this to our children. But did we ever really think about it—a bed bug bite? Maybe it’s just an old... Read More
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When I was pregnant with my son, I researched baby gear like baby carriers, infant seats, etc. I was overwhelmed at the large number of options. Do I really need a bouncy seat and a swing? Is a bassinet on the pack and play baby play yard really necessary or useful? I was also... Read More
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According to the National Center for Health Statistics, sinusitis is the No. 1 chronic illness for all age groups in the United States. Pediatric sinusitis is estimated to complicate approximately 5 to 10 percent of upper respiratory infections in early childhood. Because... Read More
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Asthma affects as many as 10 to 12 percent of children in the United States and is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. For unknown reasons, the incidence of asthma in children is steadily increasing. While asthma symptoms can begin at any age, most children... Read More
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When I think about trampolines I get a little nostalgic. I remember my grade school physical education (P.E.) days when the “traveling trampoline” came to our school. I absolutely adored it! It felt like I was flying. The whole class stood around the frame as “spotters”... Read More

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