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    Knowing When Your Child Needs Medical Attention for Flu Symptoms

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center recommends that all individuals six months or older receive an annual flu vaccination for the prevention of this potentially dangerous illness. Given their weaker immune systems, children can be especially at risk for more severe cases of the flu. If your child contracts the flu, you can likely manage their symptoms at home.  If they experience any of the following circumstances, you may want to consult your pediatrician or emergency care provider.

    He Cannot Keep Down Fluids
    Nausea is a common side effect of the flu. Your child may not have the capacity to tolerate food for 24 hours or longer. However, keeping them properly hydrated is imperative to their health, as dehydration can worsen his status and lead to other medical problems. If your child continually vomits the fluids you give him, seek medical attention. Should the flu bring on bouts of diarrhea, which can further dehydrate your child, you should consider contacting a doctor.

    His Fever Returns
    A fever should disappear on its own over time. You may also use child-friendly medication such as ibuprofen to reduce this symptom. After the fever abates, do not stop checking your child’s temperature on a regular basis. If a fever rebounds, it may be the sign of an infection in the body.

    He Shows Signs of Confusion
    The flu can make your child display traits that are unusual given his normal demeanor. For instance, he may become fatigued, irritable, or withdrawn. Should your child exhibit signs of confusion or incoherence, he may need professional help. Only you can know if your child is showing cognitive distress, so be sure to monitor his behavior closely until the flu is gone.

    If you or your child has yet to receive a flu shot, now is the time to do it. Call Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 727-1567 to schedule a vaccination appointment today. Please contact your local physician or the Southern Nevada Health District for your flu vaccination. 

    Nutrition Consultations for Weight Loss Surgery

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Those who cannot lose weight through diet and exercise may turn to bariatric surgery for help reaching their target weight. If you’re considering weight loss surgery, you must first understand how the procedure will affect your appetite.  

    In this video, registered dietician Shannon Hitzman of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center discusses a patient’s diet progression following bariatric surgery. Immediately after the surgery, the patient only consumes liquids, then moves on to pureed foods, soft foods, and normal foods in the ensuing weeks. At first, the reduced stomach size only allows the patient to consume about ¼ cup of food at each meal.  

    For more information about bariatric surgery, call Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 727-1567. We’re dedicated to providing emergency care and general wellness services to the people of Southern Nevada.

    Tips for Honoring Your New Year's Resolutions

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions that are meant to improve their health. Unfortunately, more than half of these people give up on their resolutions within the first six months of the new year.

    In this video, psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein offers some advice to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions. She says that most resolutions fail because people make unattainable goals. The trick for success is to make smaller, more achievable goals and reward yourself along the way. Dr. Hartstein also says that you shouldn’t let setbacks get you down—instead, you should get back on the wagon and recommit yourself to your health goals.

    For help staying healthy in 2014, turn to the skilled medical professionals at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. To be referred to a Sunrise physician, call (702) 727-1567.


    Essential Foods for the Diabetic Diet

    Last updated 9 months ago

    If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, your doctor has likely recommended that you alter your existing eating habits. A health-conscious diet is important for everyone, but diabetics must pay especially close attention to the foods they consume. The goal for a diabetic diet is choosing foods that offer stable and long-lasting energy. The food group that can best provide this type of energy is complex carbohydrates. Many people might turn to whole grain items such as oatmeal or quinoa to satisfy their carbohydrate needs. While these foods can prevent abrupt changes to your blood glucose levels, certain vegetables and dairy items can also give you long-lasting energy. In particular, yogurt, spinach, and broccoli are highly beneficial for diabetic individuals.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers diabetes classes to residents in Southern Nevada. To learn more about these classes, call (702) 727-1567 today. You can also visit our website for more information on our services for the diabetic community.


    Exploring the Top Winter Health Risks for Elderly Individuals

    Last updated 9 months ago

    While most people consider the holiday season to be a great deal of fun, it can also be fairly dangerous for certain people. Elderly citizens, whose bodies aren’t as tough as they once were, tend to have considerable health risks during the holiday season. In an effort to save lives, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center seeks to spread awareness of the top health risks for elderly individuals who live alone.

    Flu and Pneumonia
    Flu season runs from fall to early spring. The flu virus tends to have serious effect for individuals with weakened immune systems, including many elderly citizens. What’s worse is that the flu virus may lead to viral pneumonia, which claims the lives of thousands of senior citizens every year. That’s why it’s important for elderly individuals to get seasonal flu shots.

    As people get older, their circulatory systems tend to slow down. As a result, elderly citizens tend to have trouble staying warm. Those with dementia may forget to turn up the heat on cold nights, increasing their chances of hypothermia, which is a potentially deadly drop in body temperature.

    Slips and Falls
    Though Southern Nevada doesn’t usually have big snowstorms, it’s not unusual for roads and sidewalks to freeze at night. An elderly citizen who expects to walk on the street without any problems may be caught off guard by the icy conditions and suffer a spill that causes a terrible injury.  

    Carbon Monoxide
    Furnaces work overtime to keep spaces warm. Combustion-powered furnaces that are ill maintained may leak deadly carbon monoxide into an elderly person’s living space. That’s why it’s important to have a furnace inspected at least once a year.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center provides emergency care, stroke treatment, and general wellness services to the senior citizens of the Southern Nevada area. You can reach us at (702) 727-1567 or visit our website to find out more about our dedication to compassionate healthcare.

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