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  Many of my blog posts are either inspired by or feature my daughter, but this particular topic—cold sores—was inspired by my oldest childhood friend. When we were young, she would call her cold sores “fever blisters,” which is a nickname for cold sores on the mouth. Cold... 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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Did you know one of the most effective means to keep your family healthy is probably the simplest? I'm talking about good hand washing. You may have heard from your doctor and news reports, especially during flu season, just how important it is to wash your hands. In fact,... Read More
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As I enjoy each holiday season with my children, I want the next year to be better then the last. I tend to go a bit overboard because I want their memories to be magical because the holidays are so special. This does not come without a cost, the holidays are a barrage of... 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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I think a lot about keeping my kids safe. Working in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles I see a lot of kids who are ill or injured because of an accident and it makes me more aware of safety than ever. One of the things I... 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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Last week I talked about the signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTI). Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms can help you get the care your child needs as quickly as possible. I see some children in our office, the Division of Pediatric Urology, who get... 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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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Growing up, my mom, sister and I would decorate the house for Christmas. And when I say decorate, I mean DECORATE! The day after Thanksgiving, we would dig into two wooden chests full of Christmas decorations and ask my dad to drag the... Read More
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Max Page, also known as “Mini Darth Vader,” and his family joined 28 other families for Family Advocacy Day July 25 in Washington, D.C. to share his story with lawmakers. There Max shared how Children's Hospital Los Angeles, his children’s hospital, has made an impact in his... Read More
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Last month, fellow RN Remedies® blogger, Nicole Freedman, talked about the importance of taking care of your child’s teeth early on in life. One of her tips was how you should never allow your child to sleep with a bottle that has milk, juice or other sweet liquids. This is... Read More
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As a nurse in the Institute for Maternal-Fetal Health at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I meet many moms who are intimidated when it comes to knowing when and how to introduce bottle-feeding to their babies. It can be especially intimidating because of the many myths... Read More
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We are in the middle of cold and flu season. Hospitals and Emergency Rooms are full with patients suffering from the symptoms.  Adults and children commonly get colds. But bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the airways, can make younger children and babies very ill. Respiratory... Read More
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The heat is on in Southern California, which increases the risk for sun burn and other types of burn injury. Since May is National Trauma Awareness Month, I was inspired to write about burns. The American Burn Association states that more than 136,000 children are treated in... Read More
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Tinisha recently reconnected with nurses from The Heart Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when they crossed paths at an American Heart Association awareness walk in October. While there, Tinisha was excited to see some of the nurses who cared for her nearly 30 years... 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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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries: the causes and symptoms. Knee injuries are not fun and can take young athletes off the field or court for a significant amount of time. For example, my recovery time after I tore my ACL in my... 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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Nowadays, it's all too easy for children to fall into a life of inactivity. TV and video games encourage a sedentary existence, setting up habits that are difficult to break as an adult. That's why one of the best gifts parents can give their children is a lifestyle that... Read More

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