Infographic: Amazing Heart Facts

What’s a better time than Valentine’s Day to learn more about the heart?

This infographic will help you expand your heart smarts.

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Get tips on how to keep your child's heart healthy




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By the Numbers: CHOC Children’s Heart Institute

The CHOC Children’s Heart Institute offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for an entire spectrum of cardiac conditions, and we are the only Orange County facility to perform neonatal and pediatric open-heart surgery and cardiac catheterization.

In honor of American Heart Month, learn more about the institute.

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Becoming a Blood Donor

January is National Blood Donor Month, but at CHOC, blood donations are needed all year long.  All donations made at CHOC stay here to help patients in need. Learn more about becoming a blood donor below, and call 714-509-8339 to reach Blood & Donor Services to make an appointment.

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2016 Year in Review

Every year, CHOC Children’s physicians, nurses and staff have the privilege of caring for 250,000 children and teens from Orange County and beyond. In 2016, we broke ground on our mental health inpatient center, the first of its kind of Orange County. We launched an expansion to our neonatal intensive care unit to increase the number of private rooms available to newborns and their families. Three community practices— approximately 50 pediatricians—joined the CHOC Children’s Network to advance pediatric care in our community. We were honored to be recognized in eight specialties by U.S. News & World Report, as well as the only hospital on the West Coast to be named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for safe and quality care. Here we share just a few highlights of CHOC’s year in 2016. We look forward to serving your family and our community in the years to come.

 

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How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently lifted their rule on no screen time for kids under the age of two. Given advances in technology, media is everywhere these days- it’s hard for kids to not get enthralled by a TV, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

“The new guidelines reflect a shift in focus to include not only what is on the screen but also the involvement of the live person in the room to interact in the media experience,” Dr. Katherine Williamson, a CHOC Children’s pediatrician, says. Though the AAP says it’s still best for babies less than 18 months to avoid screen time, live video chat is an exception. While babies under 18 months are too young to understand what they are seeing on media screens, some research has shown that babies as young as six months can emotionally engage and interact with a loved one on FaceTime or Skype, for example.

But how you know how much screen time is healthy for your child?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines on how much screen time is appropriate for children.

The AAP recommends creating a family media use plan to help your family establish a purpose to consuming media, create healthy habits for screen time, and stay on track with goals.

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2015 Year in Review

Every year, since opening our doors in 1964, CHOC Children’s clinicians and staff have advanced pediatric treatments and cures, helping secure bright futures for our community’s children. Our team’s dedication to our mission and vision resulted in numerous achievements in 2015. From opening Orange County’s only pediatric-dedicated trauma center to launching a bold initiative to create an outstanding mental health system of care for all children, teens and young adults in Orange County, CHOC enjoyed an exciting year.  Here, we share brief highlights of our year, including accolades and community support.  We look forward to serving our community in 2016 and beyond.

2015 Year in Review