Getting a cold or the flu is a bummer for anyone, but these common illnesses can be extra challenging for children with asthma. Viruses more often than not will worsen asthma, says Dr. Wan-Yin Chan, a CHOC Children’s allergist/immunologist. Already, people with asthma have inflamed airways to the lungs. Coughing and sneezing prompted by a
By Leah Blalock MS, RD, CSP, CDE, clinical dietician at CHOC Children’s There is a lot more to celebrate in November! Did you know that November 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day? It’s time to embrace that staple on any Thanksgiving spread. Cranberries have a taste all their own and are packed with nutrients that
Families in South Orange County now have access to a state-of-the-art Sleep Center for children who need overnight monitoring to diagnose problems related to sleep. The new three-room unit at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital offers private, comfortable accommodations and the latest technology for routine polysomnograms (sleep studies). CHOC already performs more than 750 sleep
Spread some cheer this holiday season with the 2014 CHOC Kids’ Cards collection, now available! These special greeting cards were created by current and former patients at CHOC Children’s. The fun designs range from a California beach scene to traditional Christmas images. Every day cards are also available. All proceeds from the sale of these cards
Sometimes called the “witching hour,” late afternoon and early evening can be frustrating for parents and babies alike. This part of the day is a common time for even the calmest of infants to suffer some fussiness, says Liz Drake, a CHOC Children’s clinical nurse specialist. Fortunately, parents can take steps to help calm their
Just like constipation, diarrhea is also a common problem in children of all ages, a CHOC Children’s gastroenterologist says. “There are many different causes from lactose intolerance to celiac disease to structural abnormalities to food allergies to inflammatory issues,” Dr. Mitchell Katz says. Infections are a common cause but so can dietary factors affect stooling.
Not only can parents help instill good eating habits in children, but they also have significant influence over a child’s mental perceptions about food, a CHOC Children’s psychologist says. “Food does more than just fulfill our basic needs for sustenance,” says Dr. Cindy Kim, a psychologist with expertise in pediatric feeding disorders. “Food also gets
Even minor concussions can cause lingering symptoms, two CHOC Children’s specialists tell “American Health Journal.” Concussions can cause physical effects like headache and nausea, as well as emotional symptoms such as irritability and easy frustration, say Dr. Sharief Taraman, a pediatric neurologist, and Dr. Jonathan Romain, a neuropsychologist. Learn more about concussions, including prevention, in