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How to Ensure a Healthy Back to School Season

With the new school year approaching quickly, kids are looking forward to seeing their classmates and parents are eagerly awaiting the structure of the school day. But while you’re out shopping for new clothes and school supplies, take a few minutes to consider the health needs of your child during the school year. Instilling good health habits in your child now will serve him or her well throughout a lifetime. If you have any concerns about your child’s wellness and you live in Las Vegas, consider talking to a pediatrician at Southern Hills Hospital.

Sleep

Sleep is essential for your child’s physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. It’s also an important cornerstone in academic progress. Every child’s sleep requirements are a little different, but most kids between the ages of six and 13 need about nine to 11 hours of sleep each night. If your child has been staying up late on summer nights, begin enforcing a consistent, earlier bedtime well before school starts. If your child has trouble getting to bed, make sure he or she enjoys quiet, non-stimulating activities that do not involve electronic devices before going to bed.

Nutrition

Your child’s pediatrician can offer guidance on his or her specific nutritional needs. In general, every child should eat a nutritious breakfast that ideally includes whole grains, calcium, a protein source, and a fruit or vegetable. Talk with your child about making healthy choices in the school cafeteria or send him or her to school with a nutritious lunch.

Bullying

Bullying is a major problem in schools. Many parents think of bullying as a social issue, rather than a health issue. But in fact, bullying can cause physical harm and lasting psychological damage. Let your child know that bullying is not acceptable and that being bullied is not his or her fault. Help your child develop strategies for dealing with bullying if it happens. You can encourage your child to maintain open communication with you by being a good listener and avoiding the use of judgmental comments. Making observational remarks such as, “That must have hurt your feelings,” can encourage your child to further discuss the issue.

Southern Hills Hospital is your family’s partner in wellness. We offer responsive emergency care, compassionate maternity services, and comprehensive orthopedic care to families throughout Las Vegas. If you have a question about our hospital services or would like to request a referral to a specialist, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700.


Helping Your Child Prevent Eye Injuries

Did you know that summer is the peak time for visits to emergency care departments? Eye injuries are a particularly alarming type of medical emergency because of the possible risk of permanent vision loss. In children, eye injuries can occur while at school, in the home, or while playing outdoors. You can help protect your child from eye injuries by taking some simple precautions. If an eye injury does occur, the emergency care team at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas is always available to help.

Protective Eyewear

Equip your child with protective eyewear when necessary. Use safety glasses when teaching your child skills like using sandpaper or doing other household projects. Depending on your child’s chosen sport, he or she may need protective eyewear to play. A pediatrician or sports coach can provide further guidance.

Age-Appropriate Toys

Toys that involve projectiles may be exciting for kids, but they can also lead to eye injuries. Avoid potentially dangerous toys like darts, bows and arrows, and any other toys that are intended to be thrown or fired.

Safety Devices

Childproofing the home is a must when bringing home a new baby, but many parents forget about the importance of childproofing a “home away from home.” If you plan on traveling this summer, check with the hotel or your family’s hosts about available childproofing devices and potential hazards in the home. You may need to bring safety devices like outlet covers and duct tape. Duct tape is an ideal tool for traveling parents because it allows them to quickly and easily put window blind cords out of reach, tape drawers shut, and affix soft rags to sharp corners to prevent eye injuries.

The emergency care department at Southern Hills Hospital features sophisticated diagnostic equipment and advanced medical treatments. In the event that specialized pediatric care becomes necessary, our hospital in Las Vegas offers direct access to Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Please call 911 for medical emergencies; general inquiries about our hospital services may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 880-2700.


Keeping Your Cool When You Exercise This Summer

Physical activity is a cornerstone of good health, boosting mood, activity levels, and general wellness. However, outdoor activities in the hot conditions of the desert climate can physically tax the body without proper precautions, leading to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. Las Vegas healthcare providers typically see an increase in emergency care visits due to heat-related illnesses during the summer—keep reading to find out how you can avoid these situations and keep your cool while staying fit this year.

Acclimate to the Heat

Even moderate levels of activity on a hot day can quickly lead to dehydration and heat-related illness. However, did you know that you can actually train your body to function more efficiently in hot, dry conditions? You can acclimate your body to working out over the summer by starting out with short, 10-20-minute workouts at the beginning of the season and working your way up to longer workouts by adding a few minutes to your outdoor routine each day. For the best results, make sure to carry water with you and take a drink whenever you start to feel thirsty, rather than putting off hydration until the end of your workout.

Cool Your Core

Cooling your body from the inside out is one of the most effective ways to regulate your temperature and improve your workout in hot conditions. To cool your core, drink ice water or chew on ice during your workout. Placing your water bottle in the freezer for a short while can quickly cool the water and keep it cold throughout your exercise routine. When you’re through, drinking a healthy smoothie as a post-workout snack can boost energy levels while simultaneously reducing body temperature.

At Southern Hills Hospital, our hospital and emergency care center in Las Vegas are committed to delivering high-quality healthcare in a comfortable and modern setting. You can find out more about our emergency care services, including our InformER text service, on our website; you can also reach a registered nurse for more healthcare information by phone at (702) 880-2700.


Choosing the Right Safety Gear for Summer Activities

Outdoor activities are a popular pastime during the summer, as plentiful sun and warm temperatures create the perfect environment for team sports and outdoor workouts. One of the easiest ways to stay safe and avoid orthopedic injuries during summertime activities is wearing safety gear, which can both reduce your risk of trips or falls and minimize damage if an accident occurs. Thus, choosing the right safety gear for your planned activity is a positive step towards a healthier, more enjoyable summer.

Focus on Footwear

Regardless of the sport or activity, you’re planning, footwear can be one of the most important pieces of safety gear you’ll wear. Properly-fitted athletic shoes can improve traction, reduce falls, and provide support for the joints and muscles as the body moves to prevent orthopedic pain and injuries. In addition to ensuring your footwear is the right size, also check over shoes before each game or workout session to identify signs of wear or damage. Rather than trying to make shoes last to save money, replace your shoes regularly to prevent injuries and improve safety.

Get Your Own Gear

There is no substitute for bringing your own safety gear to the playing field. Avoid borrowing gear from a friend or other individual, as this gear may not be in good condition and isn’t likely to fit properly. If you plan to pursue a sport for any period of time, invest in your own high-quality gear that fits and meets your specific safety needs. Keep your gear clean and check its condition regularly, and take action when cleaning, repair, or replacement is needed.

At Southern Hills Hospital, our goal is to provide patients with the information they need to enjoy a healthy and safe lifestyle. Our medical services include emergency care and orthopedic surgery in Las Vegas to ensure you receive the care you need to treat injuries and illnesses at any time of the year. Please stop by our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (520) 722-5079 for more information about our health resources and health care providers.


Protecting Your Eyes from UV Rays

UV radiation consists of high-energy photons, which are produced by the sun and present in the sunlight that reaches the Earth. In addition to damaging the skin through sunburn, UV rays can also cause damage to the eyes, including conditions such as photokeratitis, cataracts, and macular degeneration. At Southern Hills Hospital, we understand the challenges of keeping your skin and eyes healthy in sunny Las Vegas—keep reading to learn several simple ways you can protect your eyes from UV rays for greater comfort and improved eye health throughout the year.

Wear Good-Quality Sunglasses

Sunglasses are one of the easiest tools at your disposal to protect your eyes from UV rays. However, the quality of your sunglasses will reflect the level of protection they provide. Look for high-quality sunglasses that block out 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation. The lenses should be a single, solid color, rather than graduated, and provide accurate color recognition for safety while driving and performing other activities. If possible, choose sunglasses that cover your eyes completely from the front and the sides for protection in all directions.

Wear a Brimmed Hat

Wearing a hat with a brim wide enough to cover your upper face will help you stay cool while reducing the amount of UV light your eyes receive from the sun. Although shading your eyes with a brimmed hat will reduce direct UV exposure, it’s important to note that UV rays can reflect into your eyes from the pavement, water, glass, and other materials or surfaces; thus, you should always combine a brimmed hat with sunglasses for the best coverage and protection.

UV radiation is present all year long, so make sure you follow the tips above regardless of the season or weather for better eye and skin health. You can learn more about sun protection in Las Vegas when you visit Southern Hills Hospital online to check out our H2U online health resource, or by calling (702) 880-2700 for more information about our hospital services, including general, orthopedic, geriatric, and emergency care.


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