The Importance of Self-Care for NICU Parents

Having a hospitalized child can be scary and stressful for parents, especially when that child is a newborn. Between raising a family, working and coping with a hospitalized infant, self-care is often not the first thing that comes to mind for a parent.

In this episode of CHOC Radio, we speak with Karina  Ousley, a clinical social worker in CHOC’s  neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Diana Hurtado, coordinator for the March of Dimes NICU Family Support program at CHOC, and Marla Dorsey, patient- and family-centered care coordinator, about the importance of NICU parents practicing self care.

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Tips for Minimizing Scarring After Surgery

A child’s skin is much different than an adult’s skin, and has the potential to react to scarring much different than the way their parents’ might. In this episode of CHOC Radio, Dr. David Gibbs, a pediatric surgeon and the director of trauma services at CHOC, discusses tips for minimizing scarring after surgery, including:

  • Which children are more predisposed to scarring
  • What pediatric surgeons at CHOC do during surgery to help minimize scarring
  • What parents can do in the year after surgery to help mitigate scarring
  • Other advice for parents whose child is preparing for surgery

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The Importance of a Pediatric Surgeon

Children are not just “little adults” and when possible, should be treated by a physician who is specially trained in pediatrics. Their physiology is different, and since they’re still developing, their organs are not always in exactly the same location. In this episode of CHOC Radio, Dr. David Gibbs, a pediatric surgeon and the director of trauma services at CHOC, discusses:

Hear more from Dr. Gibbs in this podcast:

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Does My Child Have a Sleep Disorder?

Healthy sleep is critical for children and teens. Sleep disorders, such as problems falling asleep and sleep apnea, affect your child’s ability to get the sleep needed for good growth, development and overall health. Even infants may have sleep disorders. However, a pediatric sleep disorder can be treated with the help of a sleep specialist.

In this episode of CHOC Radio, Dr. Neal Nakra, a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep specialist, and Dr. Marni Nagel, a psychologist, discuss:

  • The difference between medical and behavioral sleep problems and how to recognize them
  • When it may necessary to see a sleep specialist
  • How many hours of sleep your child needs
  • How sleep problems can affect health
  • The importance of sleep for teens and school start times

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Keeping Kids Safe Around Water

It’s usually a lapse in supervision that results in drownings – not a lack of supervision, a CHOC Children’s community educator tells CHOC Radio.

In this podcast, Amy Frias explains that grownups need to designate one person as a “water watcher” while children are swimming, and make changes in water watcher shifts clear.

In this podcast, Amy also discusses several other aspects of water safety:

  • Physical barriers around bodies of water
  • Floatation devices and pool toys
  • What drowning looks like

Learn more about the Kohl’s Water Safety and Education Program and download printable tip sheets with information to help keep children safe in the water.

Families can call the CHOC community education department at 714-509-8887 to request a “water watcher” tag that can be worn as a necklace to clearly identify who is responsible for watching swimmers.

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