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Jenna Castorena couldn’t believe her ears when she picked up a call in March from the Outpatient Pharmacy at CHOC Children’s Hospital. She was juggling a lot at the time, most importantly protecting her medically fragile son Robert from contracting COVID-19. Robert, who has epilepsy, cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and several gastrointestinal issues, depends … continue reading
By Elyse Shelger, registered nurse at CHOC Children’s In my life before nursing, I was a soccer player. I started playing the game when I was 4 years old. It shaped my childhood and taught me more than I realized at the time. In high school, I learned from incredible coaches and teammates, and then … continue reading
By Bud, father of Emma, a CHOC Children’s patient; and founder of the Squires Guild, a group part of CHOC Children’s Foundation that connects patient parents with each other while raising awareness and funds for CHOC Children’s Hospital and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital My daughter Emma, who is 3 years, 4 months and 8 days … continue reading
With many communities beginning gradual reopening efforts, and distance learning on summer vacation, some families are curious about the safeness of sticking to their previously scheduled summer travel or considering new getaways. These tips from the Centers for Disease Control can help you make a safe decision for your family. Before leaving home, consider: Is … continue reading
Changes due to COVID-19 can be stressful for everyone, but especially for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Here are some tips from a CHOC psychologist on helping your child with autism understand and cope with COVID-19. Some families may be worried about going to a healthcare facility or doctor’s office during … continue reading
By Rebecca Janda, registered dietitian at CHOC Children’s While practicing good hand hygiene and following guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are the best ways to prevent the spread of infectious disease, nutrition plays an important role in optimizing immune health. Here are a few ways you can support your … continue reading