Renown Scribbles | Children's Health & Wellness | Renown Children's Hospital | Northern Nevada health information Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:15:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tips to Avoid 8 Common Camping Health Hazards Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:15:36 +0000 Renown Whether you are taking a swim, going for a hike or enjoying an evening by the campfire, nothing can ruin your camping excursion faster than illness or injury. Julie Xeras, MD, of Renown Medical Group offers tips on how to avoid the eight most common outdoor health hazards.

Sun Exposure

Too much sun exposure can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Young children, the elderly and athletes who are outdoors in the hot sun for extended periods of time are at the greatest risk. To avoid the adverse effects of the sun, drink plenty of fluids, wear a hat, and don’t forget the sunscreen and sun glasses. It is also best to avoid the hot sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.If you experience symptoms including headache, weakness, sweating, nausea, or vomiting, seek shade, remove any outer clothing and rehydrate with water. If your skin becomes hot and dry, you develop a fever above 104 degrees, you become confused, lethargic, or have seizures, seek immediate medical attention.

Water Safety

What is summer without swimming — but safety definitely comes before the fun Here are some suggestions to keep you out of harm’s way in the water.

•Do not swim alone.

•Never dive into a river or lake that you do not know well. Always enter the water feet first to check for water depth and any obstacles.

•Use appropriate flotation devices while boating or swimming.

•Do not operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol.

•Never let children swim unsupervised, even for just a few minutes.


Read the full story on Best Medicine.

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Register: Liquid Gold 5K, August 2, 2014, University of Nevada Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:05:03 +0000 Renown Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week by registering now for next week’s Liquid Gold 5K. The August 2 event is a 5K run/walk through the University of Nevada campus. Bring the entire family to this stroller-friendly event and enjoy music, food, vendors, including Renown Children’s Hospital and The Lactation Connection and a great raffle! Register today.

See our calendar for a full listing of breastfeeding and childbirth education classes and events.

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10 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Doesn’t Suck… Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:55:23 +0000 Renown
1. You’ll feel far less crazy (we promise!)
A study of postpartum mamas found that those who breastfed their babies showed far less anxiety and more mutuality at one month postpartum than those who didn’t.

2. It lowers the risk of childhood cancers
One study found the risk of childhood cancer in formula-fed children was 2-8 times that of long-term breastfed children. The risk for short-term formula feeders was 1-9 times that of long-term breast feeders.

3. …And breast cancer in mamas!
Get this: If women who breast fed for less than 3 months were to stick it out for 4 to 12 months, breast cancer among parous premenopausal women could be reduced by 11%. And if they stayed with it for 24 months or longer, those risks could be reduced by nearly 25%.

4. Smart kids rule
Studies show that breastfed babies have significantly higher IQs by 8 years old than babies who didn’t breastfeed — even after adjusting the stats for differences between groups and Mom’s educational and social class.

5. You could save on braces
The longer you breastfeed, the lower the likelihood that baby will suffer from malocclusion — aka a fancy word for misalignment of the teeth and dental arches.

Read the full story on the bump.

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Breastfeeding Basics Class Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:29:59 +0000 Renown Get off to a great start with our Breastfeeding Basics class Wednesday, August 6. In this class you will learn about latching and positioning techniques, how to establish or increase an abundant milk supply, signs of success and how to avoid or treat common breastfeeding concerns. Register online.

See our full breastfeeding and childbirth education class schedule.

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Blow the Whistle for Water Safety Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:29:18 +0000 Renown The Water Watcher Whistle Program reminds parents that active supervision is key to keeping children safe in the water.

Just because there are adults near the water doesn’t mean that someone is watching the kids.

Active supervision by an adult, not just the presence of an adult, is one of the single-most important precautions to keeping children safe in the water.

“When everyone thinks they are watching the kids in the pool, no one is,” notes Melissa Krall, Director of Community Outreach at REMSA.

To stress the importance of water safety, REMSA and Safe Kids Washoe County have been promoting the Water Watcher Whistle Program since 2001, which educates parents on the importance of watching children while they are in the water.

The Water Watcher Whistle Program maintains an active presence in the community and chooses partners — including the City of Sparks Parks, Marine Specialties, Little Ones Swim and Silver Bear Swim — that directly reach caregivers and can thus pass along water safety information.

Each of the partners distributes a whistle and a water safety handout to every parent who enrolls a child in swim lessons or purchases boating equipment. “The Water Watcher Whistle provides a tool and a tangible reminder to actively pay attention,” says Krall.

The way it works is simple:  “The adult assigned the whistle is responsible for actively supervising the kids for a specific time period — 10 to 15 minutes, for example. Sharing the task among adults ensures that someone is always watching the kids and everyone gets a chance to relax by the water.

Thanks to a grant from AAA for their October feature Rescuer Award, the Water Watcher Whistle Program was able to increase the number of whistles produced and distributed this season to 2,000.

Parents can pick up a whistle at 400 Edison Way, Suite A. To learn more, visit Safe Kids Washoe County.

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Bed Rest Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:38 +0000 Renown Tamsen Carson, PA, Renown Health

If you are pregnant and your doctor has placed you on bed rest, it is usually a pretty strict request, since bed rest is typically used for women who are experiencing complications with their pregnancy. Such complications could include:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Pre-term labor
  • Placenta problems
  • Low fluid around the baby

There are many other reasons as well. Be sure to talk with your doctor and understand why he/she has placed you on bed rest.

Bed rest means that you should be laying or sitting for most, if not all, of the day. You can get up to use the restroom, take a shower or get food, but otherwise you should be resting the remainder of the day, meaning no walking, working or sex.

If your doctor tells you it is “strict bed rest” then you really need to listen to them, because increased activity can make complications worse.

For more information and tips on how to make bed rest more enjoyable and productive, visit our KidsHealth Library.

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Diabetes: A Family’s Diagnosis Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:32:37 +0000 Renown Ryder was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of four. His 5th birthday was spent in the Wilbur D. May Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. His family shares their experience of Ryder’s diagnosis and their time at Renown Children’s Hospital.

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Seven Tips for Breastfeeding & Pumping When Flying Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:04:34 +0000 Renown If you’re planning on jetting off with baby on a summer vacation, doing a little homework ahead of time will work wonders, especially if you’re breastfeeding.

Read the whole story here on Café Mom.

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See What’s New at The Lactation Connection Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:01:13 +0000 Renown Aden and Anais Baby features body and bath products and swaddles. Made of cotton muslin, swaddles are breathable, natural, soft and durable. The shampoo and skin-care collections are naturally-derived, dermatologist recommended products for both mom and baby.

The Lactation Connection is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call 775-982-5210.

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Are you Following us on Pinterest? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:44:01 +0000 Renown The Lactation Connection has launched its Pinterest board dedicated to all things breastfeeding! Follow us for timely news and health information on breastfeeding, and to see what other moms are pinning.

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