Posts for: November, 2017
Too many parents wrongly assume that the sun is only dangerous when it’s shining brightly. The fact is, the sun’s rays are dangerous no matter what time of the year, and too much exposure during childhood can lead to serious problems later in life.
Parents should pay special care to protect their kids when playing outdoors. Here are a few simple tips to prevent overexposure to the sun:
- Protect infants
Keep babies younger than six months out of direct sunlight, protected by the shade of a tree or an umbrella.
- Seek shade
When possible, find a shaded area or take a break indoors to avoid sun exposure for extended periods of time.
- Limit outdoor play
UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it’s best to avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun during midday.
- Cover up
Protective clothing that cover the arms and legs and wide brim hats can keep kids protected from sun damage.
- Always apply sunscreen
Choose a sunscreen made for kids with a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. Apply to all areas of the body and reapply every few hours.
Sunburn is an obvious sign of sun damage, but a child doesn’t have to get a burn to experience the negative consequences of too much exposure to the sun. The effects of chronic sun exposure can also contribute to wrinkles, freckles, toughening of the skin and even cancer later in adulthood. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, just one blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles a person's chances of developing skin cancer later in life.
As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” By setting good examples and teaching kids the importance of sun safety now, parents can significantly lower their child’s risk of developing skin cancer and other signs of sun damage as an adult.
Always talk to you pediatrician if you have questions or concerns about sun safety and prevention.
Does your child have a sports injury? Physical activity is good for kids, but sometimes they can injure themselves when they play sports. A pediatrician can get your child back in the game. Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics in Las Vegas, NV, offer treatments for sports injuries.
Causes of Sports Injuries
Sports injuries are injuries that happen when playing sports or exercising. Boxing, basketball, martial arts, hockey, and football carry the highest risk, but non-contact sports carry risk as well. Sports injuries can be caused by a number of different factors. Poor training methods, accidents, and improper gear can cause injuries. Not stretching enough or warming up can also lead to injuries.
Types of Sports Injuries
The most common sports injuries are dislocations, fractures, strains and sprains, and knee injuries. Acute traumatic injuries include things like sprains, cuts, strains, and fractures. They usually happen after a blow or force— like wiping out on a skateboard or getting tackled in football. Overuse injuries include things like stress fractures. These injuries happen over time, usually from repetitive training, like throwing or serving a volleyball.
Sports Injury Diagnosis
Your child's pediatrician will start with a physical examination, with attention given to the area of complaint. In addition to the exam, you will also go through your child's medical history with the pediatrician, and he or she may order x-rays or other imaging tests to confirm a diagnosis.
Treatments for Sports Injuries in Las Vegas
Your child's doctor will develop a treatment plan that may combine more than one type of treatment, depending on your child's personal needs. Treatment for a sports injury may an orthopedic cast, splint, ice and heat, medication, physical therapy, and range of motion exercises.
A sports injury can affect your child's daily activities and make life frustrating and miserable. If your child has a sports injury, call LaCanada Pediatrics at 702-796-1820 right now to schedule an appointment in Las Vegas, NV. We will get your child back on the field in no time!
Jaundice is a common condition in newborns, caused by excess yellow pigment in the blood called bilirubin, which is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells. When bilirubin is produced faster than a newborn’s liver can break it down, the baby’s skin and eyes will appear yellow in color.
In most cases, jaundice disappears without treatment and does not harm the baby. However, if the infant’s bilirubin levels get too high, jaundice can pose a risk of brain damage. It is for this reason that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants should be examined for jaundice within a few days of birth.
Is it Jaundice?
When parents leave the hospital with their newborn, they will want to look for signs of jaundice in the days following, as the condition usually appears around the second or third day of life. Most parents will be able to detect jaundice simply by looking at the baby’s skin under natural daylight. If you notice your newborn’s skin or eyes looking yellow, you should contact your pediatrician to see if jaundice is present.
Also, call your pediatrician immediately if your jaundiced newborn’s condition intensifies or spreads. The following symptoms may be warning signs of dangerously high levels of bilirubin that require prompt treatment.
- Skin appears very yellow
- Infant becomes hard to wake or fussy
- Poor feeding
- Abnormal behavior
While most infants with jaundice do not require treatment, in more moderate to severe cases treatment will be recommended. Some infants can be treated by phototherapy, a special light treatment that exposes the baby’s skin to get rid of the excess bilirubin. Infants who do not respond to phototherapy or who continue to have rising bilirubin levels may be treated with a blood transfusion.
Always talk to your pediatrician if you have questions about newborn jaundice.