Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA's Dr. Valencia Walker weighs in on the importance of new diapers for premature babies. ➨ [ Link ]

These tiny diapers fit babies less than 2 pounds
This week we welcome The CC Strummers for a very special music therapy session with our pediatric patients. This is their third time visiting and performing for our patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. The group has also raised money to donate 25 ukuleles from the Ukulele Kids Club Inc. to our Music Therapy program. This photo was taken right after they donated a ukulele to our patient...
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UCLA pediatric pulmonologist Iqbal Rashid, MD, tackles risk factors, symptoms and treatments for obstructive sleep apnea in children. #UCLAMDCHAT
Read Vivian's story about her triumphant battle with a Congenital Heart Defect. ➨ [ Link ]

Vivian's Heart Journey
This Valentine’s Day, several dozen volunteer dogs of all shapes and sizes brought heartfelt good wishes to pediatric patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. #UCLAPAC
Anxiety is rising due to our current political climate which can be challenging for many parents. Here are tips for moms to reduce anxiety ➨ [ Link ]

10 Anxiety Busters for Moms
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA's Dr. Paul Krogstad talks about the prevention, danger, and treatment of the Norovirus. ➨ [ Link ]

Experts say cleanliness and awareness can prevent Norovirus from spreading
Our UCLA PAC Canine Cupids are getting ready for next Tuesday when they’ll deliver Valentines to all of our patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Donate & share to support our UCLA People-Animal Connection program ➨ [ Link ] #UCLAPAC

People-Animal Connection
Meet Ian, our UCLA Bruin Run/Walk patient of the week! Read Ian’s story, like, share, donate & join his team to raise funds and support the work of child life specialists at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. ➨ [ Link ]

“My name is Ian. I am fourteen years old and went through the grueling and thrilling heart transplant process. I had a peaceful life, despite being diagnosed...
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Bruin Run/Walk | TEAM IAN
Leaders of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA this week joined CEOs from hospitals around the country in Washington D.C. in an effort led by the Children's Hospital Association. They met with lawmakers and key staff to advocate for funding and access to children’s health programs as congress discusses the future of the Affordable Care Act.
Lauren’s mother was amazed. Her jaw dropped and she said, “It’s like magic!” Music therapy had awakened Lauren’s imagination and creativity. “It is the first time that she has smiled let alone speak, sing and play while at the hospital. She’s afraid of hospital staff and the only times she has been calm were when she was playing on her iPad. To see her playing an instrument, interacting and...
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For moms who want to do it all, saying "no" can be a challenge! Use these tips to alleviate stress and stop saying "yes." ➨ [ Link ]

9 Easier Ways to Say 'No' -- Because You Just Gotta
Infants and young children are more likely to catch a cold than adults. When is it time to call your pediatrician? Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA's Dr. Lerner weighs in. ➨ [ Link ]

When Should You See a Doctor for a Cold?
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA's Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret helps parents crack new peanut guidelines. ➨ [ Link ]

Understanding the New Peanut Allergy Guidelines for Kids
“Hello, my name is David. I am 5 years old. This is my journey! I am fighting Ewing Sarcoma. It’s a form of bone cancer. I already had 12 weeks of chemotherapy before my transplant surgery last October. After surgery, I had another 14 weeks of chemotherapy. All this time I haven’t been able to walk and I can only bear weight on my right leg.”

Get to know David, our UCLA Bruin Run/Walk...
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Bruin Run/Walk: Team David
What is kangaroo care? How is it beneficial for your baby? ➨ [ Link ] NPR

Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too
Keep your kids smiling with these oral health care tips! ➨ [ Link ]

Dental care for children and adolescents
Help support the UCLA Bruin Run/Walk!
A big Thank U to Hermosa Valley Elementary for hosting a toy drive and generously donating more than 600 much-needed movie DVDs and video games to our Chase Child Life program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Thank U for your support! #ChildLife #ItBeginswithU
Wish Upon a Teen, the incredible non-profit which brings smiles to teenage patients through social activities and room decorations was started by Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA's former Child Life specialist Michelle Soto. ➨ [ Link ]

Wish Upon a Teen grants dream hospital room makeovers