Items Tagged ‘Chase Child Life Program’

Making the ordinary possible for pediatric patients

December 5, 2016

Making the ordinary possible for pediatric patients

By uclahealth uclahealth

No child wants to spend days in the hospital, let alone weeks or months. Yet that’s the reality for many pediatric patients battling chronic or life-threatening conditions at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. “When you work every day with medically fragile children, you get to know them and their families really well,” says Nancy Hayes, manager […]

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Tags: Chase Child Life Program, chronic illness, donate, donating, Everyday Wish Fund, hospitalized children, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, pediatric patients


June 19, 2016

How can I protect my child from dehydration?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Dehydration is a very common heat-related condition, and can be a dangerous consequence of diarrhea, vomiting and fever. In the most severe instances, dehydration can be life-threatening if left untreated. “Dehydration occurs when the body loses more water and salts than it replenishes,” says Carlos Lerner, MD, medical director of the UCLA Children’s Health Center. […]

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Tags: carlos lerner md, Chase Child Life Program, childrens health, dehydration, drinking, fluids, health tips, heat stroke, heat wave, hydrated, thirst, thirsty


Why parents need a hospital playroom too

May 13, 2016

Why parents need a hospital playroom too

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Everyone knows that, for kids, being in the hospital is no fun. That’s why UCLA Health’s child life specialists make sure hospitalized kids still get to be kids. They staff playrooms, orchestrate social events and bring movies and games to kids’ bedsides. Now, child life experts nationwide are recognizing that kids’ parents, who are stressed […]

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Tags: adult caregivers, Chase Child Life Program, child life specialists, children’s health, family resource room, family-centered care, Kellye Carroll, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, pediatric patient, Shannon Allbright, volunteer


Best learning toys for kids at every age

March 6, 2016

Best learning toys for kids at every age

By uclahealth uclahealth

  The first time your baby sits up. The first time your toddler starts to take little steps. The first time your child makes a friend in school. All those beautiful moments are thrilling for parents to witness, and mark crucial developmental stages for every child to reach. Kellye Carroll, director of the Chase Child […]

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Tags: Chase Child Life Program, children, developmental stages, infants, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, milestones, motor skills, newborns, preschool, preschoolers, school age children, toddlers


January 25, 2016

Healing Power of Pancakes

By uclahealth uclahealth

“It will be interesting trying to motivate him to go home because he’s had such a great time. He has blueberry pancakes every morning for breakfast,” says John Matise, father to 6-year-old Zachary Matise. Zachary’s mother, Ann Matise, adds, “He had surgery on his appendix Friday night. He has to get rid of a fever […]

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Tags: appendix, Chase Child Life Program, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA


January 18, 2013

Why we LOVE UCLA…

By Shannon hspamiza_bv

Meet Devany! She was born with a severe cleft lip, palate, and unspecified anomaly of her left eye. She is 7 years old & has had 13 procedures in her little life so far, all of which have been done at UCLA. Everyone is always so comforting! It’s not easy having a little one or […]

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Tags: Chase Child Life Program, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, nurses & staff, patient stories, UCLA physicians


January 11, 2013

Grace’s Journey

By Clare315 clare365_bv

In the summer of 2010, our daughter Grace became a cancer patient at the young age of 5. What a shock to us all that one minute she was swimming in a lake in Wisconsin and the next she was admitted into Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Grace was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma and began treatment […]

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Tags: cancer, Chase Child Life Program, Dr. Noah Federman, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, patient stories