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Recently, the rate of childhood obesity has fallen, this Feb. 26 ABC News story has more details, yet weight is still an issue with many parents and kids. Many parents want to know, “How do you help your child if they are concerned about weight?” I reached out to two experts... Read More
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Danielle is new to the RN Remedies® Program and we look forward to her helpful blog posts to help parents and caregivers. We sat down with Danielle to learn more about what inspires her. Danielle has an 8-year-old son, Matthew, who is the joy of her life. She came from very... Read More
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I often think about the memories my children will carry into their adulthood of playing with dad (me!). Riding bikes, splashing in the pool or the many trips to the playground are all great things we do in warm weather. But don’t feel stuck indoors when the weather goes cold.... 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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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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You may have heard of sepsis or septic shock. You may know someone who has had it or you may have read about it in the news. You may have heard it called “blood poisoning,” or not heard of it at all. Ara Festekjian, MD, one of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ esteemed... Read More
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More than half of the patients treated by the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are under five-years-old, including the world’s youngest HSCT patient, who received a transplant at three weeks of age.Since 1983, more than 1,... Read More
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Every five days, one child will die from choking in the United States. Choking is the fourth leading cause of death in children under five years of age. For parents, these are pretty scary statistics! But the good news is that most of these deaths are preventable.
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There is a lot of publicity at the moment about children being left alone in cars and the responsibility of parents. Some accidents are from forgetfulness, a change in routine or a quick errand that turns out to be longer than anticipated. Because of all the publicity and... Read More
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In my last post, Hot Days, Cool Water: Summer Safety Tips, I shared important water safety tips for parents and really focused on what parents should remember when their children are playing in the pool. But it's too easy to forget that the pool isn't the only place where kids... Read More
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As you’re enjoying the early fall weather and outdoor adventures, like hiking, don’t forget to make safety a priority to help keep illness and injuries from spoiling family fun time. Jeffrey M. Bender, MD, attending physician in the Division of Infectious Disease at Children’s... Read More
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For three years, I lived in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. There I sometimes experienced cold weather down to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit during the wintertime.  Frostbite was a real threat and you could readily find all kinds of information about how to identify, treat, and... Read More
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Unintentional injury remains one of the top five leading causes of death in children. The Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles sees far too many accidents taking place in the home, ranging from falls, near drowning, poisonings and even burns. While constant... Read More
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The weather is warming and the days are longer, which means it’s time to dust off the family bicycles and go for a ride—May is National Bike Month! Aside from the fact that May is National Bike Month, there are a number of reasons to continue biking as a family throughout the... Read More
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Freddy’s Diagnosis Alfredo (Freddy), 15, had a history of hearing loss. In the summer of 2013, he was referred to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to see an ear specialist. The doctor identified something that could potentially be much more than just a hearing problem, so an MRI... Read More
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If you are like me, you are probably using those cute laundry pods to do your laundry. They are attractive and so easy to use! Plus they feel good to squeeze, like a water balloon! Since my child is grown up now, I don’t think much about kid-proofing my house, so I was very... Read More
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During my childhood things were different—we drank water from a garden hose, played outside until our parents told us to come home and we ate lots and lots of peanuts. Peanuts were a staple in many households during my childhood, most commonly for peanut butter and jelly... Read More
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Tragedy and disaster strikes when we least expect it. School shootings and natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes or forest fires are prime examples of how trauma and disaster can affect children and families. Parents should encourage their children to express their... Read More
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The holiday season is here and that means cold and flu season is also along for the ride! This is the time of year that our Emergency Department sees many children battling seasonal illnesses. Many times, we see families where one child is sick one week, and their brother or... Read More
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Time to go swimming! We are right in the heat of summer, and when I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I spent most of my summer days swimming. My mother put me, my brother and sister in swimming lessons every summer at the local public pool. When I wasn’t in classes, I was... Read More

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