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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, 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 [...]

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

5 Fever Facts Most Parents Don’t Know

It’s no surprise that right now is high-season for sickness. Kids spreading the Valentine’s Day love last week also comes along with the spreading of kid’s colds, coughs, influenza, RSV, and the general-all-around crud. What do all these things usually have in common? Fevers. Yucky, ‘I-didn’t-know-my-thermometer-could-even-read-that-high’ fevers. It’s a scary world out there for parents [...]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the Parent of the Unvaccinated Child Who Exposed my Family to Measles

This is a guest post written by a fellow pediatric provider in our local healthcare community here in Arizona. I was extremely saddened to read of his children's recent exposure to measles due the Disneyland outbreak. To read about my journey leaving the anti-vaccination movement, click here. To the parent of the unvaccinated child who exposed my [...]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Does this baby deserve to be exposed to the measles?

*For confidentiality purposes, the identity of the children described in this post was changed. However, their mother hopes that this post brings awareness about measles and prevents others from experiencing what her family is going through right now. Allow me to introduce you to my dear friend’s baby. This is Jack. Jack is the happiest [...]

Thursday, December 4, 2014

HALO SleepSacks: Putting the Safety Into Sleep

Not a day goes by when I miss the opportunity to talk to parents about their baby's sleep. Why? Because safe sleep is critically important. About 4,000 infants die suddenly every year in the United States, and some of those deaths are from Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB). In fact, accidental suffocation is [...]

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mom Question: Whooping Cough Vaccine During Pregnancy – Is it Really Necessary?

I received this wonderful question from a mom the other day, so I wanted to share it with you! I am currently 33 weeks pregnant with my third child. My other kids are 4 and almost 3. My 4 year old goes to preschool 3 times a week in the mornings. My OB/GYN office highly [...]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Overcoming the Odds: Joseph’s Adoption Story

I have been so excited to share this story! Adoption has such a special place in my heart. Some of my very favorite patients are in the foster care system or adopted. The beauty of sacrificial love is unmistakeable in these families. As of last week, my very dear friends were finally able to adopt [...]

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amber Teething Necklaces: Hip, Healthy, or Harmful?

A few years ago, hipster babies started sporting more than chic haircuts and the H&M baby clothing line. I saw lots of little infant boys and girls filing in my office wearing a string of brown beads around their neck and I was officially introduced to amber teething necklaces. In recent years, amber teething necklaces [...]

Friday, August 22, 2014

What’s in a Name? Everything.

*All names used in this blog are just examples and have never been patients of mine. Trust me though, even if I could tell you some of the names of children I've personally met, you wouldn't believe me. One of my biggest pet-peeves in pediatric practice today is baby names. We have a crisis going [...]