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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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It’s the middle of flu season and many of you have taken action to prevent the flu from affecting your family, which includes getting the flu shot, washing your hands often, among other things. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we see children who are already sick and often... Read More
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This post focuses on this common surgical procedure, providing parents and kids information about what to expect if your child's pediatrician recommends a tonsillectomy. The surgery today takes less than 15 minutes and the usual blood loss is only a drop or two.
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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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On a daily basis our patients have the opportunity to engage in expressive arts therapies through the hospital’s Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program. The program brings together local artists, performers, and teachers with registered and certified Expressive Arts Therapists... Read More
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Any parent will have a pretty good idea about what diaper rash is because it is a very common problem. Up to one third of all diaper wearing babies have a diaper rash at any given time! I found a cutely titled article on diaper rash written by British advanced practice nurses,... 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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All my life I have heard phrases like, “Drink plenty of water,” “Keep yourself hydrated,” or “Be sure to get your eight glasses a day.” These reminders are to make sure I drink enough water every day. When I used to drink only sodas, my doctor asked me, “Do you wash your... 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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Despite the fact that I am a nurse, it’s still scary when my son runs up to me with blood dripping down his face from a bloody nose. It can be equally scary for both parent and child to figure out how to make a nosebleed stop. As with most things, remaining calm as a parent is... 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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As a baby, Amanda was treated for leukemia at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  Now, at age seventeen, she's not only a survivor, but an abc7 Cool Kid as a result of her efforts to raise money for the hospital. Amanda, and her friend Angelica, presented a check for the money... Read More
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Patients who wanted to watch the new acclaimed animated film, RIO 2, didn't have to go far--thanks to Lollipop Theater Network, a non-profit organization that brings the magic of movies currently in theaters to children confined to hospitals, and 20th Century Fox, kids of all... Read More
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 I was recently asked about the topic of eye safety and laser pointers, which sparked my interest since many parents are buying holiday gifts, many of which may contain a laser feature. To help investigate the issue, I reached out to my colleagues in the Injury Prevention... Read More
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 There is nothing more anxiety provoking for a pregnant woman than being told that she must go on bed rest. According to Dr. Sara Twogood, who is one of two physicians that deliver infants who are high-risk pregnancies in partnership with the The Institute for Maternal-Fetal... Read More
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I have some "big news" to share with new moms. The Food and Drug Administration and (FDA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a warning to parents and caregivers to stop using infant sleep positioning products (also known as "sleep positioners.")... Read More
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When I was a child, I remember my mom being concerned about her weight after having 6 children. I also remember how moody and irritable she became at one time when she was taking diet pills. Although I was too young to know why, my older siblings called her diet pills “grouchy... Read More
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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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My two boys are ages 13 and 15 and my wife and I sometimes find that they want to spend time in our bed on lazy mornings. It’s a nice way for us to spend time together as a family, which also includes our dog. When our boys were infants, we cuddled and hugged them often, and... Read More
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We all get emotional and perhaps say and do things we regret. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t. The reason I bring this up is because I recently read a sad story about a teenager with no prior history of violence, who let his emotions and aggression take over his body... Read More

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