All CHLA Blog Posts

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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.... 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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Keep you and your family healthy this season! Last flu season, media reported that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the seasonal flu had spread throughout the country and reached high levels. Don't let your family become part of that... Read More
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For parents, it's often a shock when their child's pediatrician returns with a diagnosis of asthma. They can feel overwhelmed because as of yet, asthma cannot be cured. However, parents and children alike should take heart in the knowledge that with preventative measures and... Read More

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Did you know spring is not the only time of year we experience allergies? Allergies come from different sources such as dust, cats, soy, peanuts, etc. It’s a major cause of illness in the United States. Up to 50 million Americans, including millions of kids, have some type of... 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... 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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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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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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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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As a nurse in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I see many head and spine injuries. During the summer, kids spend more time playing and enjoying the great outdoors. Accidents tend to happen more often during the summer months... Read More
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One weekend, I was at work on my unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when I started to feel as if the sounds of the entire hospital were thrumming and throbbing in my head. High-pitched voices sounded sharp. Middle sounds were muffled. I shared how I was feeling with my... Read More
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  “Congratulations on your new baby! Are you going to breastfeed or use formula?” This is a question every mother is asked. Never before has someone so quickly asked you a question so personal. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joins other... 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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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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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... 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... 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... 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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The world of nutrition is a confusing place filled with new fad diets, contradicting information, and opinionated individuals who spread the word quickly. But who should you really listen to for nutrition advice? Registered dietitians (RD) or registered dietitian... Read More

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