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Five Things You Should Know About Growing Pains

By , April 8th, 2014 | News, Toddler Care | 0 Comments

Vanessa Slots, MD, Pediatrician, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

What are growing pains?
Growing pains are not actually caused by growth, as the name suggests. They are thought to be caused by muscle overuse since pains typically occur after an active day of running, jumping and climbing.

How do growing pains present?
Growing pains are described as an ache or throb in the leg muscles, most often in the thighs, calves and behind the knee. Usually, pain is intermittent, occurs in both legs, and most prominent in the late afternoon or early evening but occasionally will wake children from sleep. The pains may be severe enough …

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8Apr

Ella’s Story

By , April 3rd, 2014 | Parenting, Patient Stories | 0 Comments

In just 24 hours, Jennifer Marini’s infant daughter went from a healthy, thriving baby to completely paralyzed from the neck down. Ella was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, a neurological disorder that has no known cure. Jennifer shares their story of courage and hope for the future.

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3Apr

What You Need to Know About RSV Bronchiolitis

By , April 1st, 2014 | Infant Care, News, Safety | 0 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, Pediatrician, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

Bronchiolitis is inflammation of the small airways in the lungs that tends to happen in infants and young children, often due to viral infection. The symptoms are often similar to an asthma attack. There tends to be a bad cough and it can frequently lead to difficulty breathing.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, commonly known as RSV, is one of the specific viruses that can cause bronchiolitis.  RSV tends to be prevalent in our community of Northern Nevada in late winter, typically February and March. This year, I continue to see children with RSV even this late in the season. This virus can be deadly …

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1Apr