By Rachel Fenning, PhD, assistant clinical professor at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders The experience of having a child evaluated for a developmental concern may feel overwhelming, but the assessment process can provide clarity and guidance. If your child does receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the assessment represents a vital first
In cases of drowning, not all victims die. Fatal drowning are usually the most publicized, but what the public often doesn’t hear are the tragic stories of near-drowning survivors who face lifelong disabilities due to the lack of oxygen to their brains. An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and younger are hospitalized each year for
Parents of young athletes should talk to their pediatrician about getting pre-participation sports physicals that include heart screenings. After all, sudden cardiac death is 2 ½ times more likely to occur in young athletes than in non-athletes. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, occurs in one of every
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common ailments for children and adults alike, but many myths about the condition persist. Today, a nurse practitioner at CHOC Children’s Urology Center helps discern between fact and fiction when it comes to UTIs. Fiction: Wearing wet bathing suits or too tight clothes causes UTIs The list of supposed causes
Did you know the seeds for a healthy heart in adulthood are often planted during childhood? Children with poor diets and inadequate exercise can develop a range of heart-related diseases later in life. Parents and other caregivers can set children on a path to a healthy heart, says Dr. Linda Muhonen, a pediatric cardiologist at
When Jaden Rascon started fourth grade earlier this week, she didn’t have to worry any longer about her heartbeat suddenly racing – thanks to an innovative procedure at CHOC Children’s. “I feel good,” the 9-year-old says. “Before, when my heart would speed up, it was very hard to breathe, and it would give me headaches.
Thanks to the expertise and skill of one CHOC Children’s cardiologist, a seventh grader with a longstanding heart condition has a renewed chance for health and happiness. Several months after undergoing Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) therapy, Alexander Puck of Lake Forest is energetic and active – a marked change over the lethargy and decreased
In recognition of National Prematurity Awareness Month in January, check out CHOC Children’s latest news on our efforts to expand our care for our tiniest patients. For nearly 50 years, CHOC Children’s and St. Joseph Hospital have partnered to serve the healthcare needs of families in Orange County. Now, an exciting collaboration is underway to