• What to Do When Your Child Has an Ear Infection

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    Children are particularly prone to suffering from ear infections, which occur when the middle ear becomes inflamed, fluid builds up behind the eardrum, and bacteria accumulate. If you notice signs of a possible ear infection, call your child’s pediatrician right away and bring your little one to the hospital. The physician may prescribe an antibiotic. If so, make sure your child takes the medication exactly as prescribed. Even if he or she appears to feel better, it’s critical to finish the full course of antibiotics. If your child doesn’t begin to feel better within a few days, call the hospital again.

    Some children are prone to developing many ear infections. To reduce your child’s risk of a recurrence, make sure he or she is not exposed to secondhand smoke. Additionally, never put young children to bed with a bottle. In severe cases, the doctor might recommend surgical intervention. This involves temporarily placing a small tube in the eardrum to prevent fluid accumulation.

    If your child suffers an ear infection or another medical problem, you can count on Riverside Community Hospital to provide exceptional care. Call our community hospital in Riverside at (951) 788-3000 and speak with a registered nurse.

  • Adaptive Rehabilitation for Heart Health

    For many people, not having enough time or not finding exercise enjoyable are common reasons for a lack of physical activity. For individuals with disabilities, the reasons are much more complex. Physical activity is important for everyone to promote better heart health, which is why adaptive rehabilitation programs are so important. With adaptive rehabilitation and recreation programs, individuals with disabilities can not only improve their physical health, but also enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

    Watch this video to learn about an adaptive rowing program established at Jacksonville University. You’ll hear an interview with two of the men who play an integral role in the program and you’ll also hear the inspiring story of Laurie, a woman who is wheelchair-bound, yet found freedom and independence on the water.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, our team provides a comprehensive suite of healthcare services to help you live life to the fullest, including bariatric weight loss and heart health services. You can reach a registered nurse at our community hospital in Riverside by calling (951) 788-3000.

  • 4 Get-Healthy Tips for American Heart Month

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    Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Heart hospitals across the country are urging people to learn more about the importance of caring for this vital organ. Even seemingly minor choices you make on a daily basis can have a significant effect on your heart health, such as whether you choose oatmeal or a pastry for breakfast, and whether you take the stairs or the elevator. If you’re concerned about your heart health, you can schedule an appointment at your community hospital to discuss your concerns.

    Quit Smoking

    Smokers have a much higher risk of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease (CHD), heart attack, and stroke, along with many other life-threatening medical problems. If you smoke, you should be aware that it’s never too late to quit. Your lungs will begin healing as soon as you cease smoking. You can find the resources you need to quit smoking at your community hospital.

    Reduce Sugar Intake

    Research suggests that consuming too much added sugar increases the risk of death from heart disease. A doctor at your local hospital might recommend keeping a food journal to track how much sugar you’re really consuming. Some common sources of added sugars include soda, sports drinks, dairy desserts, and breakfast cereals.

    Manage Stress

    Excessive or chronic stress can contribute to health problems, including hypertension. It can also predispose you toward making unhealthy lifestyle choices. If you’re struggling to manage your stress and anxiety, consider talking to your doctor about your treatment options and lifestyle changes that may help.

    Start a Walking Program

    Physicians often recommend a walking program to individuals who are new to fitness programs, since walking programs have a low “dropout” rate. Walking for at least 30 minutes each day can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, coronary heart disease, and stroke.

    If you’re in need of a heart hospital in Riverside, look no further than the HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital. We’re committed to helping our neighbors live life well through better heart health. For more information on leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, call (951) 788-3000 and speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital.