Nearly 1,000 children and their chaperones from the community filled the campus lawn during the 33rd annual Children’s Day, presented by Farmer Boys, at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) Wednesday, May 9.

The free event, designed for children ages 3-8, was attended by children from at least 10 schools and day cares in the Inland Empire. Since 1985, Children’s Day has been providing hands-on learning activities to give children non-threatening exposure to a hospital setting.

Organized by LLUCH’s child life department, the event offered various booths designed just for children, including:

  • Teddy bear clinic: children were encouraged to bring their own doll or teddy bear for a “check-up.”
  • Stitch station: children learned about having stitches. They were given an opportunity to be the “doctor” placing the stitches on a paper person.
  • Pretend finger casting: provided by Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital child life department.
  • Fire safety: provided by the department of environmental health and safety, children learned how to extinguish a fire using water and “fire” balloons.
  • LLU School of Dentistry provided tips and demonstrations on dental health.
  • LLU School of Pharmacy provided a medication safety booth.
  • LLUCH pediatric transport team shared the lifesaving measures used to transport babies and children to and from the hospital.
  • Sports injury awareness, and automobile and car seat safety with Safe Children.
  • Dr. Hayes’ venomous creatures: Dr. Bill Hayes held a show and tell session with his array of creatures, including rattlesnakes, lizards, scorpions and more.

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Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, Loma Linda University Health is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to over 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

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