RN Remedies

Published on May 1, 2019
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Growing up in the ‘50s, childhood diseases seemed unavoidable. For example, all my siblings experienced chickenpox and one of my neighbors was affected by polio. Then vaccinations became more available to families for prevention of disease and illness like the chickenpox,... Read More
Published on April 12, 2018
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In a previous blog, I worked with a central venous catheter (CVC) specialist to discuss proper care and hygiene of a central line, and how to troubleshoot problems that can occur. I now want to share what I have learned from caregivers who work with central lines. In addition... Read More
Published on April 3, 2018
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If you have school-age children in your house I am sure you are familiar with the homemade slime craze. Many parents love the idea of making slime and why not? It’s a rare chance for kids to be technology-free, and encourages them to express their creativity by adding... Read More
Published on February 23, 2018
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When I decided to look into the question of amber teething beads for infants, I first searched the internet to see what popped up. Google produced a host of very pretty looking beads for sale for this purpose. As a lover of amber, coral and turquoise I can understand the... Read More
Published on January 5, 2018
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As a Family Resource Center nurse, I have learned a lot from my families about living with central venous catheters (CVCs), also known as “lines.” I worked with a group of specialists that included a central line specialist, a Child Life specialist, a social worker, an... Read More
Published on January 5, 2018
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I can tell you the exact moment my son Alexander became a nail biter. He was 5 years old, watching his mom get dressed for work. I could see at the time Alexander place his finger in his mouth and chew on his nail. He never stopped; it was embarrassing for him, he learned to... Read More
Published on October 16, 2017
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Besides treating children with cancer, our Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats kids who have a genetic hematological disorder. This blog is about one type of hematological disorder called sickle cell disease (SCD). What... Read More
Published on September 8, 2017
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An RN Remedies blog post by Kasey Rangan, MSN, RN, CPN It is estimated that close to 1.7 million people will be newly diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Cancer is currently the second leading cause of death. Based on these two facts, there is a good chance that someone close to... Read More
Published on March 24, 2017
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​ Have you ever watched a 2 year old play with a smart phone? It’s fascinating to watch tiny little hands manipulate a phone or tablet so efficiently at such a young age. They are cleverer at it than many adults! They almost seem born to play this way. But our technology baby... Read More
Published on March 3, 2017
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Growing up in Southern California and raising two children gets a little tricky sometimes with our great weather. I mean, what do we know about cold temperatures? Californians think it’s cold when it hits 50 degrees outside and when it drops to 40. Well, I am happy to say that... Read More
Published on March 3, 2017
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After 15 years as a respiratory therapist, 14 years of pediatric nursing and having raised two teenagers, I have become very familiar with decoding a cough. It’s always distressing to hear your little one cough, especially in the middle of the night. Still, as common as this... Read More
Published on February 21, 2017
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I recently cared for a child who was admitted to our unit for iron deficiency anemia and worked with Sarah White, MD, to provide some family education on this very common anemia, what the cause is, the symptoms and the treatment. I am partnering with White again to discuss... Read More
Published on January 23, 2017
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Welcome to 2017 and National Blood Donor Month! Did you make a New Year’s resolution? I decided to make a resolution to save at least the life of one child in 2017. Here is why I made that choice and how you can join me. My friend Joe was traveling in a remote part of Asia... Read More
Published on November 28, 2016
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In earlier blogs I wrote about water safety and preventing drowning. I have found that drowning is more prevalent worldwide than deaths by war; in fact it is the second leading cause of unintentional death worldwide. Over half of the deaths are children less than 15 years old... Read More
Published on November 2, 2016
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Swaddling is a technique that mimics the coziness of the womb. Parent learns this special way of providing comfort for their newborn, but is it safe? If so, is there a wrong and a right way to swaddle? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that when done correctly,... Read More
Published on September 26, 2016
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Some of the biggest thrills for parents come in their baby’s first year of life: the first smile, first “da-da,” first steps. But after reading the baby books, most new parents know what milestones should be reached and when, and many are disappointed or begin to worry if... Read More
Published on September 26, 2016
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As parents, we never want to admit that our children are any less than perfect. That wasn’t the case with my eldest son, as no morning alarms were necessary in my home. When he was a boy, my son’s loud snoring and disruptive breathing kept my family awake throughout the night... Read More
Published on September 1, 2016
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I love watching “The Big Bang Theory,” specifically the character Sheldon. He makes me laugh when he knocks on a door and says the name of the person he is visiting, and then repeats this action three times. He displays traits of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I will... Read More
Published on July 12, 2016
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A few years ago, I wrote a blog about helping teenagers cope with chronic illness, especially when it means they have to take medications or do daily monitoring tasks like checking blood sugar or doing breathing treatments. It is not easy and as teenagers start to transition... Read More
Published on June 30, 2016
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Nasoalveolar Molding Brings Great Success for Babies With Cleft Lip and Palate In honor of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month in July, I would like to highlight a special program here at CHLA called the NAM Program, which stands for Nasoalveolar (... Read More

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