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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

To The Mom At Her Wit’s End With Picky Eaters

KidNurse Community Question: “I’m looking for advice on picky eaters. My children are three and four years old and refuse to try new things. They have a total of about 4 food items they will eat and turn up their noses at everything else. At what point should I tell them they have no choice [...]

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Children’s Benadryl Dosage Chart

Benadryl (also known by it’s generic name: diphenhydramine) is a common allergy medication used in children. Benadryl is an antihistamine and it treats symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and hives. Over the years, parents have asked me many questions about the usage of Benadryl and the correct children's Benadryl dosage. Children's Benadryl [...]

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The History Of Vaccines: 5 Little-Known Facts

When I began to understand the history of infectious diseases and the millions they killed over centuries, I was able to truly understand how miraculous the invention of inoculations and then vaccines truly were. This helped me change my hesitant mindset about vaccines. Understanding history is important, so today we are going to dig into five little-known [...]

Monday, May 22, 2017

End Playdate Meltdowns With These Magic Words

Playdate meltdowns are never fun. When I was a little girl, I idolized my older cousins. I still remember what it felt like to go over to their house for playdates, holidays, and special occasions. Jumping endlessly on their trampoline. A massive array of new toys to play with. Learning what “big girls” do. I [...]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Does My Baby Need Vitamin D?

Ensuring your baby has an adequate amount of Vitamin D is very important. Your baby will need Vitamin D to work alongside calcium and phosphorus to strengthen his or her bones. This vitamin is crucial for the healthy development of your child’s skeletal system. Vitamin D has also been found to help the immune system fight [...]

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How Should I Teach My Baby to Eat Finger Food?

A mom in our KidNurse Community had a great question about how to teach a baby to eat finger food. It’s a question many of my patients’ parents have asked over the years, so I want to share my answer here along with a few tips to help all of you whose babies are getting [...]

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Truth About Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated Homeschoolers

Update: Since this blog post was published, the Journal of Translational Science (Open Access Text) has retracted the study. My mom sent me an article with a very intriguing headline: "The first-of-its-kind study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated American homeschooled children shows who is really ailing…and parents should be worried.” Yikes. I immediately knew if what they [...]

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Introducing The KidNurse Community

One of the things I most enjoy about caring for kids, is getting to know their parents and supporting them as they navigate what is arguably the most wonderful and toughest job — raising happy, healthy kids. In the years since I launched KidNurse, it has been amazing to reach parents across the country, answering [...]

Monday, May 1, 2017

TEDx Talk: Why I Changed My Mind On Vaccines

The organizers of the Grand Canyon University TEDx event reached out to me in December and asked me to share my story about vaccinations. It was an amazing experience, and I was honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to share my message on the TEDx stage. In addition to explaining why I left [...]

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 [...]