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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Truth About Measles: Infographic

This week I got an email from a reader here at Kid Nurse alerting me to this wonderful infographic. I think it is a good summary of the recent measles outbreak and information that people need to know, especially as the measles cases continue to grow. Almost 200 Americans have now contracted the measles this [...]

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, [...]

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Psychiatrist’s Letter to Young People about Fifty Shades of Grey

*This is a guest post from Dr. Miriam Grossman, a psychiatrist who specializes in child and adolescent care. The post was originally published on her blog. Dr. Grossman hit the nail on the head with this post, and I believe this information is so important (especially for our teenagers) that I was given permission to [...]

Monday, February 23, 2015

Exercise Advice from The Workout Mama

This post is a guest blog from Tamara Buschel, aka The Workout Mama. She is a wonderful friend of mine and was a huge encouragement to me when I decided to enter the blogging world. She is married to Josh, a firefighter, and mama to Caden and Maisie. Josh and Tamara are amazing parents, and it's such [...]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

One Incredibly Happy Girl!

Warning: This is not a post directly related to children’s health. If you are looking for that, make sure you didn’t miss the post I did yesterday on fevers. It was a good one. However, this is a post about a girl deeply in love with a man, the type of man I think you [...]

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 [...]

Thursday, February 5, 2015

To the Arizona Cardiologist Who is Dead-Wrong About Vaccines

Since publishing Maggie’s story as a guest post from Dr. Tim Jacks last week, it’s fair to say a media storm has erupted. I have been absolutely amazed at the response and thankful for how many new readers we have welcomed into the Kid Nurse community. Millions of people have read about Maggie and Eli’s [...]

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, January 22, 2015

Does Your Child Have ‘the Flu’? Understanding Influenza vs. the Common Cold

Flu season is here! And oh boy, has it truly arrived. The sounds of coughing and hacking and the smell of Lysol has been inescapable at my office the past several weeks. In my part of Arizona, we have seen 218% more influenza this season compared to last season. Yikes! That means that influenza cases [...]