Understanding the Top Health Concerns for American Children

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As a parent, what do you worry about the most when it comes to your children’s health? Today’s kids face a long list of threats to their physical and emotional health, many of which are unique to this generation. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, we provide a comprehensive range of services to help you keep your kids healthy, from our emergency room and physician referral service to our own Sunrise Children’s Hospital for in-patient care. What are some of the threats facing the young people in our nation? Here is a look at some of the biggest health concerns for kids.


Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. In addition to threatening self-esteem, obesity increases the risk of some very serious health emergencies in children, including type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Poor diets coupled with a decrease in overall physical activity contribute to the rates of obesity in kids. If you need help getting your child on a healthier path, ask our hospital for a referral to a pediatrician who can help.


Bullying has always been an issue in schools, but today’s technology makes it more pervasive than ever. Teasing in homeroom has been replaced with social media character assassinations and humiliations, leaving kids who are targeted with few safe places. Bullying can severely impact a child’s self-esteem, and—as several high-profile cases have shown—can even lead to self-harm or suicide. Work with your child’s school and pediatrician if he or she is experiencing bullying.

Substance Abuse

From drugs and alcohol to cigarettes, children are confronted with access to illicit substances at increasingly early ages. Talk to your kids about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, including prescription drugs. Be alert to warning signs, such as a dip in grades or changes in circles of friends. If you suspect your child is abusing an illicit substance, make an appointment with the pediatrician.

October is Children’s Health Month—the perfect time to focus on the services at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center that can help your child stay healthy. You can get a physician referral and find out more about our emergency care services by calling our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 233-5300.

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