Improper use of fireworks can be dangerous, even deadly. Last year, 27 people in Orange County, including children, suffered critical injuries to the face, eyes, ears and hands while using fireworks. CHOC Children’s and the Orange County Fire Authority would like to remind you to consider taking your family to a professional fireworks show, as
Almost six months ago, little Alicia was born at full term, beautiful with 10 fingers, 10 toes and a life-threatening defect buried inside her tiny chest. Alicia had a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a condition wherein a hole in the diaphragm allows abdominal organs to move into the chest. And this case was especially serious.
Summer camp counselors, caregivers and family members alike, can rest assured with these medication safety tips for children under their care. Read below to make sure you’re asking the parent/guardian the right questions about their child’s medications: • Review the child’s complete medication list with the child’s parent/guardian. This includes which medications are scheduled (For example: to
By Leah Blalock MS, RD, CSP, CDE, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s Nothing says summer like a thick slice of watermelon, complete with juice running down your arms and dripping off your elbows. Not only is it fun to eat, it’s packed with health benefits. Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant thought to originate in Kalahari
Some evidence shows that circumcised boys have a lower chance of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs) in their first years of life, but the added protection may be miniscule, say Dr. Elias Wehbi, a CHOC Children’s pediatric urologist, and Maryellen Kelly, CHOC Children’s nurse practitioner. Learn more about circumcision’s possible effects on UTI rates and
By the time your child reaches his teen years, you’d think you no longer have to worry about him safely crossing the street. Think again. The teen pedestrian death rate is twice that of younger children and accounts for half of all vehicle-related pedestrian deaths according to Safe Kids Worldwide. They have years of maturity
By Dr. Julie Youssef, developmental-behavioral pediatrician and assistant clinical professor at The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Every child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has unique strengths and weaknesses that change throughout their lifespan. One therapeutic approach many families consider is social skills intervention programs. Often led by behavioral specialists, these programs offer
Erin Greaves woke to the sound of her son’s gasp and the dogs barking. The pediatric nurse raced to 12-year-old Sean’s room and immediately began performing CPR. When paramedics arrived, Sean was experiencing ventricular fibrillation, a serious heart rhythm problem that is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death. He was defibrillated twice before