Grace Wu beams as she watches her son Matthew smiling and happy after enjoying his bottle. “It’s good to see him so happy and active,” she says. “That he could do that makes me very, very happy.” It’s a marked change from the days following Matthew’s birth almost four months ago. As a newborn, he
Julia Shenkman is a healthy and accomplished 17-year-old. She has a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, is a member of her high school’s science team, and is fourth in her senior class in academics. Julia has another distinction: She’s a former CHOC Children’s patient who underwent a surgical procedure that involved the use of the
When hernias in children don’t close by themselves, surgeons can repair the protrusion caused by an organ or tissue pushing through an opening or a weak spot in the abdominal wall, a CHOC Children’s pediatric general surgeon says. A common procedure, hernia repair is typically an outpatient surgery, meaning the child can go home the
Comfort comes in many forms at CHOC Children’s, and not all of them involve a prescription pad. And that’s important because pain management is highly complex and must be individualized for each patient’s physical, developmental and emotional needs. Did you know the same distraction techniques used to re-direct children’s behavior are often used to enhance
Spotting a lump or bump on a child’s body would be scary for any parent, but mom and dad can rest assured: Hernias are common and their repair is among the most common procedures performed on kids, a CHOC Children’s pediatric general surgeon says. Just in time for national Hernia Awareness Month, Dr. Mustafa Kabeer
Parents should understand and work through their concerns, because if the parents are scared, the child will be scared; if the parents are calm, the child will be calm too, says Dr. David Gibbs, a CHOC Children’s Pediatric
When a child faces surgery, the procedure can be just as scary – or even scarier – for a parent. The good news is that CHOC Children’s practices patient- and family-centered care, and works to ensure parents and patients are informed. Parents with a child facing surgery should ask plenty of questions to learn as
A scar evolves over the course of a year, providing a window of time in which to minimize its appearance, says Dr. Jason Toranto, a CHOC Children’s plastic surgeon and craniofacial specialist.