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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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The first time I smelled my 8-year-old son’s musty arm pits, I became emotional! There were a million thoughts flowing through my head. How did this happen so fast? He hasn’t even reached puberty yet! How can I explain the changes that are going on in his body to him? There... 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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As parents, we wish for our kids to thrive and be independent, successful adults. Did you know that one of the factors interfering with that wish is being overly involved, also known as, “helicopter parenting?” A helicopter parent is one who pays extremely close attention to... Read More
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In my post, Talking with Teens about Drugs and Alcohol, I provided parents with some tips to help get the conversation started with their teen. This post goes into detail about what strategies parents can impart to their teens to help them cope with peer pressure. Read More
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Grateful for Life—and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles   When she was born, doctors gave Regan Owens a few weeks to live. Seven years later, the spunky first-grader is always the life of the party, and never without a Justin Bieber song to sing. “You should... 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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It is that time of year when a lot of us are setting resolutions for the New Year.  As I read through research on phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, I made the decision that one of my most important resolutions is going to be adding more color to my dinner plate. Well,... 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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Riding a bicycle can be one of the great joys in life. It can bring a sense of independence and accomplishment to a young child. But it can also be dangerous if proper safety precautions aren't taken. A properly-fitting helmet can help reduce the risk of a bicycle fall... 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... Read More
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Growing up in London, England, we had a cat, as well as other animals including rabbits, chicken and one tortoise. Since then, we have carried on the tradition with two to three cats at any given time. You can imagine my surprise when my daughter moved away from home only to... Read More
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As a mom, I understand the fear parents have when they think their child is having a fever. As a nurse, I think about things like “febrile seizures,” or brain damage from fevers, and rush for Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (popularly consumed as Tylenol® or Motrin®). But is... Read More
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On the way to work, one morning, I was listening to talk radio and the host and guest were talking about the fact that 10,000 children a year are injured in those big and fun looking “bounce houses” that parents rent for parties. You see them in driveways on weekends with happy... 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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“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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By Francesca Cazzulino, CPST, Health Education Associate I-Trauma ProgramKeeping your children safe as pedestrians in traffic is always a concern. During the fall and winter, it’ll gets dark earlier in the day and will for some time until spring. Driving when it’s dark out can... Read More
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There we were, four families gathered for one of our nightly dinner parties during our annual stay at a mountain cabin when we heard a THUMP and the tell-tale sound of injury, a child beginning to cry. Until that moment, the children had been running around the big mountain... Read More

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Every year, children die from preventable toy-related injuries. The majority of toy-related deaths continue to be choking on small toy parts, such as marbles, balloons and small balls. And as many are in the search for the perfect toy to gift this holiday season, Alan Nager, MD... Read More
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Did you know that our skin is the largest organ of our bodies? It’s essential for protecting our internal organs, muscles and bones. It holds us together! Skin reflects who we are and it is the first impression of us upon others. For teenagers, this can be a painful and... Read More

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