09/14/20

A magical emergency department visit

When 3-year-old Vinny and his mom Nikki visited CHOC Children’s for the first time, they didn’t expect a calming experience thanks to a magic show, or that staff would go above and beyond to make them feel comfortable.    Vinny had a fever, and his pediatrician suspected pneumonia. After a few days of antibiotics, the fever returned, prompting his trip to the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department … continue reading

09/14/20

A gain against pain

A child, resting in bed, fires up her 7-inch tablet and opens an app. She selects from a variety of cartoon avatars — such as a panda or penguin — and backgrounds that include a colorful ocean floor with fish and other sea creatures. Game on. But this isn’t a typical game. It’s a kid-friendly … continue reading

09/14/20

Activity ideas for kids during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children are spending more time at home than usual. Here’s a roundup of what parents and caregivers can do to keep kids occupied during this time. Online learning The Orange County Department of Education has created a roundup of free resources to help students supplement other materials that are being … continue reading

09/04/20

CHOC rare disease expert stresses importance of newborn screening

From just a tiny sample of blood, a lab can test for 35 rare diseases in newborns that if left undetected could lead to seizures, developmental delays, permanent brain damage or death. September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month and Dr. Jose Abdenur, director of CHOC’s metabolic laboratory, stresses the importance of these newborn screenings in … continue reading

09/04/20

The link between COVID-19 and suicide: What parents should know

By Dr. Meredith Dennis, post-doctoral fellow at CHOC Children’s; and Alva Alvarez and Christopher Reeves, mental health social workers It is an understatement to say that living through the COVID-19 has been tough. For kids and teens already struggling with mental health issues like depression, their symptoms may have worsened with the added stress of … continue reading

09/02/20

Celebrate Labor Day safely: Prevent the spread of COVID-19

After months under stay-at-home orders, and summer coming to a close, families are eager to get out of the house, enjoy the warm weather, and connect with friends and loved ones. While this feeling of restlessness can make it tempting to loosen our adherence to COVID-19 precautions, now is the time to continue doing the … continue reading

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