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Sunday, August 30, 2015

When Moms Make Mistakes…

I have been heavy-hearted for a particular mother this week. Really, because the implications of this mom’s story affects all mothers, I’ve been heavy-hearted for mothers in general. Eventually making my own leap to motherhood will carry a little more trepidation than it once did. Cherish Peterson has been deemed by many as one of [...]

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Note from the KidNurse: What You Should Know About Me

Hi Friends! I’m very excited about all the new readers that have joined our community after my series on essential oils! If you missed it, here is part one and part two. Because of the influx of comments, thoughts, and opinions I’ve received over the past few weeks, I wanted to take a few minutes [...]

Thursday, June 11, 2015

House of Cards: The Toxic Combination of Essential Oils and Multi-Level Marketing

*This is part two of my series on essential oils. I highly recommend you first read, Why Essential Oils Aren't Natural to learn my philosophy about essential oils.  Without a doubt, the essential oil revolution has rapidly grown in the past two decades due to the business model known as multi-level marketing (MLM). While essential oils [...]

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Why Essential Oils Aren’t “Natural”

“Essential oils aren’t ‘natural’? What?!?!” Yes. You heard me. In my opinion, essential oils are about as natural as aspirin or antibiotics. Are essential oils derived from nature? Well of course. But let me explain why I still believe they aren’t actually “natural.” You would have to have your head buried in the sand to [...]

Friday, May 29, 2015

Please take the 2015 KidNurse Reader Survey!

I am so excited to announce that we have some wonderful renovations underway here at KidNurse! In order to make KidNurse even better, my biggest priority is YOU! The number one reason I spend my time writing about children's health is because I want to share what I've learned as a pediatric nurse practitioner to enhance [...]

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Death of 10 Week-Old Baby Sparks Question: Should I Give My Baby Water?

I recently read about the tragic death of a 10 week old infant in Georgia. This baby’s death has been covered by many different news sources as the story has caused much debate and now her parents have been charged with felonies. Sweet baby Neveah Landell died from water intoxication after her parents diluted her [...]

Thursday, May 14, 2015

And the UltraScope Winners Are…

Congratulations to our 5 UltraScope winners! Thank you to everyone who participated! Seriously, I never expected so many! I only wish I could have drawn more winners!!! That being said, if you didn't win, please remember the AMAZING coupon code UltraScope gave Kid Nurse readers! Simply enter KIDNURSE during your checkout at after making [...]

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Finally, A Stethoscope As Fabulous As You Are! UltraScope Review and Giveaway

*To celebrate Nurses Week, I’ve partnered with UltraScope stethoscopes to raffle 5 beautiful, brand-new stethoscopes designed personally by the winners! Also, UltraScope has generously given my readers a coupon code for 20% off plus free shipping. Read to the bottom to enter the giveaway and redeem the coupon code! If there is one tool nurses [...]

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

4 Signs of Dehydration that Every Parent Needs to Know

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve dealt with more vomiting and diarrhea the past 2-3 weeks than I would like to describe… or smell. While my job isn’t always glamorous, I really do love it. Truly, every parent knows there are few things sadder than watching your child experience vomiting or diarrhea. My little patients have been [...]

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How To Teach Eye Contact From An Early Age and Why It Matters

I am a positive reinforcement type of nurse practitioner, and I hope you are that type of parent as well. Positive reinforcement is a pretty simple model. When children come into the office and behave very well, I always cheer, clap, high-five and verbally acknowledge the good behavior. And sometimes, I even reward the behavior [...]