It’s likely you’ve heard of MRSA and not known exactly what it was. Some people in the media call it a “flesh eating bacteria” or “staph infection.” The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) categorized MRSA has a major public health threat. MRSA used to be found mostly in hospitalized patients, [...]
Many parents experience anxiety when their baby is admitted to the hospital. Moreover, if a mother is breastfeeding it may cause even more stress while she figures out a new feeding schedule, milk storage and dealing with her baby’s health concerns. Fortunately, for mothers that are breastfeeding, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles makes it as easy [...]
I think a lot about keeping my kids safe. Working in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles I see a lot of kids who are ill or injured because of an accident and it makes me more aware of safety than ever. One of the things I am especially careful with is medicine. The thought of giving one of my kids the wrong medicine or wrong dose terrifies me. Yet, I find relief in my confidence as a nurse, in how to give medicine to patients and my kids. I have extra confidence because I follow safety guidelines to ensure my kids don’t play with or take medicine accidently.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries: the causes and symptoms. Knee injuries are not fun and can take young athletes off the field or court for a significant amount of time. I hope what I learned from my personal experience and my role as a nurse in the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles can help your child’s knees stay healthy and happy.
Bullying of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a major problem. 46 percent of kids with autism in middle and high school reported being victimized in 2011 and some studies show that 70 percent of kids with autism, that are mainstreamed, are bullied. This inspired me to investigate the issue of bullying and how it affects kids with autism and offer ways you can help.
Some of my fondest childhood memories involve playing basketball. I started playing competitive sports when I was about eight years old. I played on teams at my local park and recreation center and then quickly moved up to private travel league teams and in high school. I played basketball for so many years, I cannot [...]
The choice to take medications or not while you are breastfeeding can be a stressful decision for many moms. This is a major decision and important that you speak with your pediatrician and a lactation consultant. The key questions to consider for taking medication during lactation are: Do the benefits of the medication outweigh the [...]
Being a nurse has given me the opportunity to experience many things, from taking care of children, helping parents, collaborating with other nurses and working where I can learn something new every day. I’d like to share a story about one of our patients, Joanna* and how she experienced the healing power of books. Joanna [...]
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 from Children’s Hospital Los [...]
Teething can be a time of great frustration for caregivers, in this post I will list some of the most common symptoms, explain how they relate to teething and share some insight on how to help soothe your little one during this potentially uncomfortable time. When Does Teething Begin for Infants? Teething usually starts around [...]