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Let’s face it. In L.A., we’re worried about our weight. For a new mom, weight loss after delivery of her child can be an important goal for a mom's self-esteem and happiness. But for moms who are breastfeeding, it is important that weight loss occur slowly and in a healthy... Read More
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Caring for a sick child is one of the most worrisome tasks of parenthood. Many parents wonder, “How do I know when to call the pediatric care provider?” A good rule of thumb, and one I share with parents of my patients in the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at... Read More
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Finding a rash on a family member can be alarming. Without knowing what is causing the rash, parents often immediately wonder whether their child’s rash is contagious before they think of allergies as the cause. In Jojo's case, it was easy to suspect he was experiencing an... Read More
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Energy drinks have been popular for a while now. They are marketed in attractive, brightly colored cans small enough to put in a pocket or purse and easy for small hands to hold, and they taste like soda or sweet fruit juice. Mostly consumed by teens and young adults,... Read More
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My boys wanted to go snowboarding and in the back of my head, I kept thinking, “What about my asthma?” We loaded our car and went on a fun mountain vacation. Once we arrived at our mountain destination and started unloading the car, it seemed everyone was breathing harder. My... Read More
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I remember the days of airplane travel with an infant, and then toddler, in my arms. As a mom, I worried whether my child would tolerate the airplane trip because of ear pain or whether it would be a hard trip for other passengers. After reading a study representing that 25... Read More
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Recently, there has been buzz about the new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about keeping your kids rear-facing until age 2 or until they reach the maximum weight or height on their car seat. These recommendations were provided in March 2011,... Read More
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Soon after becoming a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 11-year-old Connor and his mom discovered something wonderful and unexpected—the hospital hosts a steady stream of therapy dogs! Connor with therapy dog, Rocky.   In 20 stays over the past eight... Read More
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Did you know that ringworm is not actually caused by a worm? The condition is caused by skin fungi called dermatophytes, which live on top of skin and typically do not invade deep inside the skin. Additioanlly, dermatophytes do not live inside the mouth. A person can have the... Read More
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Ever since I was old enough to walk, I was put on a bike with training wheels, given the first push and off I went. Times have changed for the better and that’s a good thing. Bike safety has gotten a huge push in recent years, thanks to concerns about climate change and the... Read More
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Teenagers are a wondrous species: They are smart and funny, part child and part grown up. They are trying to pull away from parents, but very dependent on their peers. There is peer pressure to engage in risky behavior. As a result, adolescents are at risk... Read More
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Gateway Building to Get a New Name What better way for a former patient to benefit her favorite hospital than by naming a building? When Joyce Black (pictured here with her husband Stanley), was a little girl, she had severe ear infections that simply would not go away.... Read More
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Updated 05/12/2015 Bullying is an issue I follow in the news and try to spotlight when I can because it is so harmful, even deadly. I have written about ways to detect bullying, some tips to prevent it, cyber bullying and bullying of autistic children. I also follow... 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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As a rehab nurse, I often take care of young athletes with sports injuries, including head injuries. In fact, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats many of these patients in the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine. Recently, a friend came to me for advice about her son.... Read More
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My wife and I worry about our 16-year-old son texting and driving, which according to the reports I read, teens tend to do more than they should. I think we should take away his phone, but my wife thinks we should take away his car, which is really our car. But as parents, we... Read More
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Do you know what to do if your child gets a bloody nose, sprains their ankle, or gets a big scrape? I have friends and family members who literally keep me on speed dial every time someone in their house gets hurt. This got me thinking: what if you don’t have your own personal... Read More
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Many parents and caregivers carry a purse or bag to keep essentials handy, but did you know many of the items inside could be dangerous to your children? Most bags are easy for children to get into and it doesn’t take long for a child to open a container (even those that are... Read More
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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... Read More
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Most teens prefer not to talk to their parents about drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs. Generally, these are activities they discuss (and/or engage in) with their friends, and keep very private. Parents can really never know for sure what their teens are doing.... Read More

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