When Do I Take My Child to the Emergency Department?

Sometimes, deciding to take a child to the emergency department (ED) isn’t a clear-cut choice for parents.

In podcast No. 46, Amy Waunch, a trauma program manager at the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department, helps clarify this question.

When considering an ED trip, Amy says parents should look for the ABCDs: an airway blockage; noisy high-pitched breathing; circulation problems, such as blood loss and extreme dehydration; or sudden disability, such as seizures or loss of consciousness.

Listen to the podcast to learn more about the ABCD concept, as well as other elements of an ED visit:

  • common reasons for an ED trip;
  • what ailments can wait until the pediatrician’s office opens;
  • what to expect at the ED; and
  • what to bring to the ED – and what to leave at home.

Medication Safety in the Home

Every 10 minutes in the United States, there’s a child under the age of 6 taken to an emergency department for medication poisoning. Most of the incidents occur in the home, a CHOC pharmacist tells CHOC Radio.

In podcast No. 23, Dr. Shannon Bertagnoli offers tips to help prevent children from getting into medications:

  • where to store medicine;
  • what to do with visitors; and
  • how to take medication

She also offers online resources for caregivers interested in learning more.

 

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Living with a Chronic Illness

Growing up is tough enough for teens and young adults, but living with a chronic disease adds even more complications, a panel of CHOC Children’s patients tell CHOC Radio.

In podcast No. 22, Cody, 23; Megan, 17; and Cole, 14 discuss aspects of life with a chronic illness:

  • The emotional impact of growing up with a longstanding condition
  • How an illness affects school, friendships and family
  • What advice they’d offer a newly diagnosed teen or young adult
  • Hopes and fears for the future.

 

CHOC Radio theme music by Pat Jacobs.

 

Anger Management Tips for Parents

It’s perfectly normal for parents to get mad at their children sometimes, but anger can have a negative effect on a child’s development, a CHOC Children’s psychologist tells CHOC Radio.

In podcast No. 21, Dr. Nadia Torres-Eaton offers practical advice for parents to manage their anger:

  • how to reduce stressful situations at home;
  • what to do if a parent gets close to snapping;
  • how to head off potential outbursts; and
  • when to seek professional help

CHOC Radio theme music by Pat Jacobs.

 

Childhood Vaccinations

To ensure maximum protection against diseases, children should receive vaccinations at the correct, recommended age, a CHOC Children’s infectious disease specialist tells Research 360,° a podcast highlighting research at the hospital.

In this segment, Dr. Antonio Arrieta discusses proper timing of vaccinations, dispels myths surrounding vaccinations, and details his current research at CHOC. Listen in to hear more about childhood vaccinations.

Hosted by Executive Director of Research Brent Dethlefs, Research 360° features interviews with scientists, physicians, educators, scientific news-and policy-makers to provide the listening audience with context, and scientific and social commentary intended to engage and inform.

Learn more about CHOC’s Research Institute.