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Children's Burn Prevention Tips

Burn Prevention

A large number of burn injuries are reported each year, many of which occurred inside the home. An injury from a burn due to heat, chemicals, or electricity can cause much pain and damage to the superficial tissue of the body and can sometimes leave permanent scarring. While adults know better than to touch things that may burn them, children tend to learn by touching and interacting with things that may be dangerous. Read on to learn more about how to prevent burns in children:

While Cooking:

  • Always be sure that pot handles are turned to the center of the stove
  • Use the back burners whenever possible
  • Always test the temperature of food heated in the microwave before giving it to a child; microwaves tend to cook some types of food unevenly, leaving parts of the meal too hot, while others are still cold
  • Always remember that stoves, toasters, and other kitchen appliances remain quite hot for a while after using them

While Eating or Drinking:

  • Never drink hot liquids while handling a child, as the liquid could spill and scald the baby
  • It is unwise to use tablecloths when children are learning to walk; they may try to use it to stabilize themselves or pull themselves up, pulling down hot liquids or heavy objects that may harm them in the process

While Bathing:

  • Always test the temperature of a child’s bath water to make sure it is not too hot—using a baby bath thermometer is also advisable
  • Lower the temperature of your hot water heater to the low-medium setting or 120°F

General Fire Prevention Tips:

  • Keep lighters and matches away from children
  • Never leave lit candles unattended, as they are easy for pets and children to knock over
  • Consider installing a fire extinguisher in your house in preparation of small fires
  • Make sure your smoke detectors all function properly
  • Create a fire escape plan and practice it with your children

The world-renowned Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is staffed with skilled and highly-trained professionals that are readily available to assist you in the event of a burn injury. Contact us today at (818) 676-4000 for more information.

Prostate Cancer: Informed Decision Making

Prostate cancer is not only one disease—there are many different kinds of the disease. Depending on the type of cancer that a patient has, they have a few decisions to make on the course of treatment they wish to take.

In this video clip, you can learn about making informed decisions in the effort to prevent prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that each man learns as much as they can about their testing and treatment options.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center’s Cancer Care Center offers sophisticated care and guidance to offer the best treatment plan possible for each patient. Learn more about our cancer care services by contacting us at (818) 676-4000.

Happy New Year!


A Guide to Your Delivery Options

Newborn Care

Having a baby can seem frightening, especially for those experiencing childbirth for the first time. Becoming more educated about the procedures and options available, however, can go a long way in helping you to feel more confident about beginning the process.

From the location of the birth to pain management, there are many decisions to be made about the birthing process. Create a birth plan, but also accept the possibility that things may not go exactly as planned.

  • Location of the birth
    A hospital, birthing center, or at home are the main options for where to have your baby. Most hospitals will offer a new mom special accommodations, including a birthing room and other private rooms for family members to sleep.  Birthing centers create a more home-like setting, but with medical technology readily available. Home deliveries, like birthing centers, are only recommended for women with a low-risk pregnancy.

  • Who will assist with the birth
    OB/GYNs or perinatologists are often the natural choices to assist in the delivery of a baby, but family practitioners may also be qualified to deliver in some areas. A certified nurse-midwife is trained to care for healthy pregnant women and work closely with a physician who is available for consultation or assistance.

  • Indications for a Cesarean section
    C-section refers to the surgical delivery of a child, as opposed to a vaginal delivery. During this procedure, the doctor makes incisions in the abdominal wall and uterus of the mother to remove the baby if either would be endangered by a vaginal delivery.  In most cases, this surgery is performed due to need, not because the mother has chosen it.

While a baby’s birth does not always go as planned, it is still valuable to spend time learning about your options and discussing them with your doctor. At the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we offer specialized maternal and child health services to provide each patient with a safe, joyful birthing experience. To learn more about the services offered at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, visit our website or call our friendly staff at (818) 676-4000.

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