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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Best Books For Babies And Toddlers

There is something you can do with your kids every day that will affect them for their whole lives: read together. Even reading with your kids for only 15 minutes a day makes a difference. Today I wanted to talk about some of the best books for babies and toddlers. I know it can be hard [...]

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, March 4, 2015

5 Tips to Increase Your Child’s Reading and Early Development

This Monday marked Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which is now also celebrated as Read Across America Day. Why do we celebrate this day? Because the research is undeniable, one of the best ways to enhance a child’s development is through the gift of reading. My mom loves to read. She always has, and as an educator, [...]

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tis the Season for Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease!

Fah la la la laaaa la la la laaaaa! (Said no parent ever.) In the past few weeks, almost every child I have seen come in the office with a rash has had Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. Every time I diagnose a child with something that has the word “disease” in it, parents usually [...]

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Why Your Pediatric Health Provider Actually Wants You to Vaccinate Your Child

"It is worse than pre meditated MURDER to be telling people that vaccines are safe." "You cannot make POISONS safe even in the witches brews called vaccines." "I don't even believe you are real...you are probably a lying troll." "Her picture looks more like she runs an escort business...rather than her being an NP (Nurse [...]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Journey Leaving the Anti-Vaccination Movement

As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I have given thousands of vaccines to children. But most people don't know something very important about me. I have a history with vaccinations that I have kept quiet for a long time. I was a part of the anti-vaccination movement. I am the first born of four children to [...]