Health and Safety Tips

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
Published on September 18, 2014
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Updated Oct. 6, 2014 In September, our physicians predicted it was a matter of when, and not if, Los Angeles children would become infected with Enterovirus EV-D68, commonly referred to as enterovirus D68. On Oct. 1, CHLA and public health officials announced that a young... Read More
Published on May 23, 2014
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Allergies come in many forms—pollen, dogs, various fruits, latex, nut, soy and many others. In fact, asthma and allergies impact 1 out of 5 Americans. Often, people confuse cold symptoms with allergy symptoms and vice versa. To help you better understand allergies and how to... Read More
Published on February 12, 2014
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By Garrett Salzman, project assistant, Injury Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital Los AngelesDid you know that motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of injury and death in children today? This can be prevented. The use of child restraint devices (car seats)... Read More
Published on January 10, 2014
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By Tracy Zaslow, MD, medical director, Sports Medicine Program in Children’s Orthopaedic Center (COC) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Is your family one of the 78 million people heading out to the slopes this winter? Skiing and snowboarding are popular recreational activities... Read More
Published on December 17, 2013
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By Tracy Zaslow, MD, medical director, Sports Medicine and Concussion Program in Children’s Orthopaedic Center (COC) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Rebecca B. Koppel, premed student and mentee of Dr. Zaslow.In hockey, concussions occur most often by getting “checked” by... Read More
Published on November 5, 2013
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The holiday season is a joyful time of the year, but it also can be stressful for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Preparing and planning early for the holidays can help you relieve some of the holiday stress. Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board at... Read More
Published on August 8, 2013
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Summer is here! Schools are closed and children may be found happily playing indoors to avoid the record heat. Pretty soon the kids need an outdoor getaway, but it is so hot outside. The hot days may be made more bearable if you and the family can get on... Read More
Published on December 19, 2011
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When thinking about traditional holiday cheer, deep fried turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, touchdowns and spending time with family around the dinner table often come to mind. This time of year is so closely associated with special holiday meals, that it's important to... Read More
Published on September 13, 2011
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A young mother and California resident, Christina, lost her son, Christopher, in a tragic drowning accident earlier this year. Since his untimely loss, she has partnered with the Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles to help raise awareness about... Read More
Published on August 22, 2011
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During the summer months, the heat can be welcoming but also draining for some and for an unfortunate few, it can even be deadly. Learn about the causes of hyperthermia, what warning signs to expect, how to keep your cool during the hot summer months and why prevention is key... Read More

Published on October 28, 2010
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Whooping Cough: California’s Epidemic (Part 2 of 2) Pediatric hospitalist and patient/family education advocate, Brett Leggett, MD, continues his two-part blog series, sharing what parents should know about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of pertussis. Read More
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Halloween is a fun and creative time for both children and parents, but is also a night for families to pay extra attention to safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of pedestrian-related fatalities among children increases significantly... 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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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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Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH,... Read More
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Flu season is in full swing, but it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. In fact, it’s never been easier and more convenient. The flu vaccine, which can be administered by syringe or by a nasal mist spray, can be obtained at a doctor’s office, or at almost any grocery store or... 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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