Renown Scribbles | Children's Health & Wellness | Renown Children's Hospital | Northern Nevada health information Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:29:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Breastfeeding Forum Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:39:19 +0000 Renown Hope to see you this week at Forum! It’s a great place for breastfeeding moms to find support, exchange experiences and discuss any concerns you might have.

We meet every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. in the Capri Conference Room at Renown South Meadows Medical Center and now every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at The Lactation Connection.

For more information, call The Lactation Connection at 982-5210.

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

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Back-to-School Checklist: Don’t Forget Immunizations Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:13:24 +0000 Renown Backpack? Check. School supplies? Check. New fall jacket? Check.

Did you remember to put immunizations on that back-to-school list? If not, do it now.

All students entering the Washoe County School District in August must comply with Nevada State Law requiring vaccinations.

“Nevada State Law (NRS 392.435 & NAC 392.105) requires that students be immunized for diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis; measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); varicella (unless they have had the chickenpox); Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B; and polio for school admittance,” says Dana Balchunas, Washoe County School District’s director of student health services.

This includes, students enrolling for the first time in a Nevada public school — including those entering preschool, kindergarten or transferring from a private school.

Students entering seventh grade in the Washoe County School District are required to show proof of Tdap immunization, which provides extra protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

When you enroll your child in school you must present an immunization record stamped or signed by your child’s doctor or healthcare provider. Copies of records are acceptable. Students who do not comply with the immunization law are not permitted to attend school until the necessary immunizations are received. There is no grace period.

“Vaccines are important not only to protect those receiving the vaccine from severe illness, but they also can help protect those around them who may have weak immune systems or cannot be vaccinated themselves,” says Chelsea Wicks, MD, a pediatrician with Renown Medical Group Pediatrics.

You’ll need your children’s immunization records to register your children not only for school, but for child care, athletic teams, summer camps and travel as well. If your child plays sports, don’t forget they need a Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation. Sports physicals must be completed during an athlete’s first and third year of participation.

If you have any questions about vaccination requirements or to find out if your child’s vaccinations are up to date, check with your child’s pediatrician and/or school now before classes start next month.

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Follow us on Pinterest! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:30:03 +0000 Renown

The Lactation Connection is now on Pinterest!

Follow our newest board that is all-things breastfeeding – tips, advice, products and the latest lactation information from our own board-certified lactation consultants and other resources.

Follow us on Pinterest

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Our 100th Mom and Baby! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:17:26 +0000 Renown The Lactation Connection celebrated its 100th mom and baby this past week!

Time flies – we opened just a few months ago and have already helped 100 families.

Our board-certified lactation consultants share a passion for helping moms during their breastfeeding journey, and private consultations are one way we assist moms in reaching their breastfeeding goals – whatever they may be.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our board-certified lactation consultants, call The Lactation Connection at 775-982-5210 or visit

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