• How to Prepare for the Arrival of Your Baby

    Los Robles

    During pregnancy, it can be hard to keep track of your healthcare needs and the steps required to prepare for delivery. At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center , we understand that you will have a lot on your plate as you get ready to welcome a new member to your family, which is why we provide an abundance of resources for expecting parents and their relatives. Here’s a look at how you might use the services of our Family Birthing Center in Thousand Oaks to plan your baby’s arrival and feel more prepared for your due date.

    Enroll in Childbirth Classes

    Our childbirth classes cover a wide range of topics to prepare experienced parents and first-time parents alike for the joyous occasion of childbirth. Childbirth 101 and 102 will offer an introduction to labor techniques and the process of delivery. Beyond these courses, parents can sign up for courses on newborn care, breastfeeding, or cesarean section.

    Take a Hospital Tour

    While childbirth classes can be helpful in acquainting you with hospital facilities, it may also be beneficial to dedicate some time to a tour of the Birthing Center. This way you will know exactly where you will deliver and stay for your postpartum care, which can help you remain calm and comfortable as your due date arrives.

    Assign Roles to Family Members

    It is not uncommon for friends and relatives to share in your excitement as you get ready to deliver, but you might find your family’s desire to take part in delivery and newborn care a little overwhelming. Therefore, you might discuss your preferred roles for family members before the baby is born so that delivery day is stress-free for everyone. Our grandparent orientation and dedicated classes for siblings can help family members prepare for a new addition to the family and know what to expect.

    To further explore the care offered in the Family Birthing Center at Los Robles Hospital and the pediatric care that can help your child grow strong and healthy, visit our website or give us a call at (877) 888-5746. Our nurses are available to answer your call 24/7 and help you find the right resources for your unique care needs. 

  • Getting the Facts About Infant Immunization


    There are many widespread misconceptions when it comes to immunization, but many of these concerns are founded on anecdotal evidence rather than scientific studies. In reality, childhood immunization beginning in infancy created a turning point in modern medicine, as prevention of infectious diseases is much more effective than trying to manage these conditions as they spread through communities. Below you can learn more about the importance of infant immunization, which is an aspect of pediatric care that no parent should take lightly.

    Immunization Prevents Millions of Deaths Worldwide

    Each year, vaccines help to prevent about 2 to 3 million deaths around the world. Immunizations have also helped to completely eradicate diseases such as small pox and bring others like polio close to eradication.

    Most Vaccines Have Few Side Effects

    The side effects associated with common vaccines given during infancy are minimal and relatively immediate. These may include soreness or redness of the injection site and irritability.

    Childhood Immunization Begins at Birth

    Your baby’s first immunization may be at birth with the first round of Hepatitis B vaccination. From birth through 15 months , your child will be protected from diphtheria, rotavirus, measles, mumps, and polio with a series of vaccinations that will take place during routine pediatric visits.

    Immunization Supports Herd Immunity

    Herd immunity occurs when most of a given population is vaccinated against a certain disease, giving the disease very little room to spread. This trend has heled to keep conditions like the measles at bay, but outbreaks can still occur when immunization rates decline as they have in the past several years. Following the doctor’s recommended immunization schedule for your child promotes herd immunity and keeps your own child safe during critical developmental years.

    Not All Vaccines Are Given as Shots

    Parents who fear having their children stuck with needles may find some relief knowing that not all vaccines come in the form of shots. Some are oral medications, while others like the flu shot given to older children may be in the form of a nasal spray.

    At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, you can expect the very best care for your child from his or her first moments in our Family Birthing Center . If you are seeking a physician referral in Thousand Oaks or you want more information on the pediatric care your child needs, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746

  • Taking a Closer Look at Organ Donation


    During National Donate Life Month this April, many new names will be added to the state donor registry to provide the lifesaving gift of vital organs or tissues to one of thousands of patients waiting for these transplants. If you are considering becoming an organ donor, keep reading to discover the importance of organ donation and the details of the donation process .

    Reasons to Donate

    There are more than 100,000 individuals currently waiting for organ transplants, and nearly 2,000 of these individuals are pediatric patients. One organ donor can save up to eight lives by allowing their organs to be used for transplantation after death. Living donors also make a big difference with the ability to give a kidney or a portion of the pancreas, liver, lung, or intestine. 

    How to Become a Donor

    If you are over the age of 18 and are not suffering from conditions such as rapidly spreading cancer or HIV, you may become added to the donor registry. Upon your death in certain circumstances, the donor registry will search for your name and use your information to find a match on the list of waiting patients. Becoming a donor does not cost anything, and it will not affect your healthcare in any way.

    How Organ Donation Works

    Organs may only be viable for transplant if they have had blood and oxygen flowing to them at the time of recovery. Therefore, most donor organs come from individuals who have died from an irreparable neurological injury such as stroke or trauma resulting from a car accident.

    For more information about organ donation or general tips to help you manage your health, stay connected with Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center . You can speak with one of our registered nurses 24/7 by calling (877) 888-5746. 

  • How Can Parents Identify Autism?


    Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders is growing all the time as research in the causes and possible treatments for autism continues. One thing that is clear is that early detection of autism is important for learning to manage and live with this behavioral disorder. If you see any of these early indicators in your child, you should speak with a pediatrician right away to begin an evaluation. Taking the wait-and-see approach could have negative consequences in your child’s development, so don’t hesitate to keep the doctor informed of these red flags.

    Lagging communication skills

    Autism has a distinctive effect on language skills, as children with autism spectrum disorders begin talking late and often make language mistakes once they begin using verbal communication. You may even notice poor communication skills in your child before oral communication takes place, since children with autism may not have significant landmarks such as babbling by 12 months or making meaningful smiles and joyful expressions at 6 months.

    Sensory sensitivity

    You may notice that a child with autism reacts differently to signs, smells, and textures. A child may become fixated on one particular object for its appearance or feel. Alternatively, the child might have a high sensitivity to loud noises, which may be shown through agitation or self-stimulatory behaviors like head banging or rocking back and forth.

    Limited interest in activities

    One of the most profound effects of autism spectrum disorders is their effect on social development. Even as a baby, a child at risk for autism may show a lack of interest in interacting with others or communicating with loved ones. As the child grows older, he or she may have trouble breaking a particular routine or adapting to a new environment.

    If you have seen autism red flags in your child, call Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center at (877) 888-5746 to explore assessment and treatment services with a pediatrician in Thousand Oaks. At Los Robles, we have a dedicated pediatric staff with expertise in general surgery, rheumatology, neurology, cardiology, and genetics along with an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics rating in our ER.