Health and Safety Tips

Published on August 11, 2016
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Here in Southern California, we have the privilege to escape the summer heat by heading out to the beach, lake, or any large body of water. While these activities are fun, it’s important to note that fun is only maximized when safety is involved! So, here are the top three tips... Read More
Published on June 29, 2016
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An estimated five million children between the ages of 6 and 19 have hearing loss resulting from either a one-time exposure to a loud sound or continuous exposure to loud sounds for long periods of time. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is irreversible, but also preventable. Read More
Published on June 29, 2016
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During the Super Bowl 2015 a controversial insurance ad played with a young boy telling the viewers about all the things he was not able to do, because he didn’t grow up, because he died in an accident. Social media erupted with people complaining that the ad was a “downer... Read More
Published on June 27, 2016
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Drop, cover and hold on! These famous steps are known to children and adults alike. To educate children and their parents the importance of earthquake safety and preparedness, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Injury Prevention Program has created a book on the topic to help... Read More
Published on May 17, 2016
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When I hear the word “hoverboard,” I think of magical devices, sort of like flying carpets that glide through the air. Many of us remember watching the character Marty McFly in “Back to the Future,” and many of us remember wishing we could fly too.   But the... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
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Traveling alone or even with another adult can be stressful enough. Adding kids to mix is another story entirely. There are so many things to think about: packing, navigating through the airport, having the right things to keep your kid happy and occupied on a long flight,... Read More
Published on March 15, 2016
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I grew up in a family that loved the outdoors. When I was a child, camping was one of my favorite outdoor activities, and remains so to this day. Creating a safe and happy camping experience requires planning; but camping with kids requires even more preparation and... Read More
Published on January 29, 2016
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Sports like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and sledding are on my boys’ wish list this year. I thought it would a good time to make sure that they are wearing protective eyewear with good polycarbonate lenses. Sunglasses are not just for lounging by the pool or on the... Read More
Published on October 22, 2015
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Helping to Protect Your Child From Strangers The world can be a very scary place for a child. Children need to be made aware of what actions are unacceptable from others, and what to do if these situations arise. This is best communicated during a straightforward... Read More
Published on October 9, 2015
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We all know that we should be prepared in the event of a disaster, but are we really? Most of us in Southern California keep extra bottles of water in our homes, a collection of dusty canned food (hopefully with a manual can opener), flashlights, a radio, and a first aid kid... Read More
Published on August 14, 2015
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Special-needs children and adults are at an increased risk for entering into dangerous situations. They often struggle with the ability to sense danger, and therefore may be prone to literally walking into dangerous situations. I recently read this unsettling quote: “... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
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I live north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita Valley. This area still requires homeowners to have 20 feet of greenery from the curb to your house. So in keeping up with city codes, I try to keep a lush, thick lawn, which is also an ideal natural playground for my dog, Sadie,... Read More
Published on July 16, 2015
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CrossFit—you’ve probably seen this word pop up recently,­­ with its fast-growing popularity among athletes or anyone who has shown an interest in working out. The workouts provided in CrossFit are challenging and seem fun, but should you let your young athlete participate?... Read More
Published on July 13, 2015
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Written by Roshanak Monzavi, MD, assistant professor and director of Fellowship, Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes mellitus is a group of conditions in which a person has high glucose (sugar), either because the body... Read More
Published on May 15, 2015
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Infographic and Q&A with Jamie Wood, MD, director of Clinical Diabetes Programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, to answers the most common questions on diabetes prevention. What can people do more of in their daily lives to prevent diabetes? Jamie Wood, MD:... Read More
Published on March 2, 2015
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Michael Neely, MD, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, helps explain the facts about measles, how parents can prevent further outbreak, and what CHLA can do to help prevent infection and to treat those who have already been... Read More
Published on December 15, 2014
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It’s easy to get wrapped up in holiday festivities—even easier to overlook common household items that can end up being hazardous to your child. To keep your family’s holiday merry and bright, the Injury Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles put together these... Read More
Published on November 13, 2014
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Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome can be debilitating for kids and teens, but treatment is not ‘one-size fits all.’At some point, virtually every child gets a stomachache. Fortunately, it’s usually short-lived and not cause for concern. But what happens when a child’s... Read More
Published on October 23, 2014
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physician-scientist Roger E. De Filippo, MD, an associate professor of urology and director of Pediatric Urology Stem Cell Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California discusses how science, technology and... Read More
Published on October 21, 2014
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Many kids and families will be carving pumpkins this October--just like they do every year. But did you know that the traditional carving steps have been unsafe? Our Injury Prevention Program has provided the correct steps in this printable infographic! There is also a fun... Read More

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