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Thursday, March 15, 2018

What Parents Need To Know About Febrile Seizures

Seizures are very scary for parents, especially when a baby or young child is seizing. While seizures can be serious, not all seizures carry the same risks or complications. The febrile seizure is an important example. Most febrile seizures end without treatment and do not require seizure medication for prevention. What Is A Febrile Seizure? [...]

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

8 Tips To Help Children With Special Needs Have Easier Medical Appointments

When caring for children with special needs in a medical setting, it is imperative to truly understand what those special needs are. This helps us to better meet the child at their level and make medical appointments as minimally traumatic as possible for them. Just because your child has special needs of some kind does [...]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

20 Safe Pediatric Products For Fighting Your Child’s Common Cold

With colds, influenza, and RSV in full force, I know many parents are stocking up on cold survival products. There are so many out there to buy, it can feel a little overwhelming. Which cough and cold medicine is right for your child? When caring for sick children, it’s important to not just get any [...]

Monday, February 12, 2018

Signs Of Respiratory Distress In Children All Parents Need To Know

One of parents' greatest concerns when their child is sick is whether or not their child is having difficulty breathing, or respiratory distress. Pediatric respiratory disorders are the second most common cause of pediatric ER visits across the United States. Tragically, breathing difficulties can and do lead to respiratory failure and death if not treated [...]

Thursday, February 8, 2018

10 Myths Every Feeding Tube Family Wants You to Know

Do you know a child who has a feeding tube? Lovingly known as "tubies" by feeding tube families, it’s actually quite common to encounter a child with a feeding tube. In fact, there are over 500,000 people in the U.S. with feeding tubes, and approximately 20% of them are children. In honor of Feeding Tube [...]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What Parents Need to Learn from the Larry Nassar Case

One of the big safety tips parents and educators tell their children is that no one should look at or touch your private parts unless a medical provider needs to examine you during a checkup. Most of us have learned this since we were very little. This is a great lesson, but what is a [...]

Thursday, January 18, 2018

8 Facts Every Parent Should Know About The Flu This Year

It’s that time of year again, dreaded flu season. Hospitals, urgent cares, and primary care offices are full of sick patients, every nurse I know has chapped hands from washing a million times a day, and I think we all know some unfortunate family member or friend who has come down with it. Even I’ll [...]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Treating Your Child’s Coughing Without Medicine

Winter is in full swing, and with the cold temperatures, I see many families being hit by respiratory illnesses. The viruses circulating this time of year tend to bring an onslaught of symptoms including runny noses, high fevers, and sore throats. But a more concerning symptom, which often develops and can be tough to get [...]

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Best KidNurse Posts of 2017

As we approach the end of the year, and reflect on the big moments, it’s fun to look back at all of the blog posts I’ve published here on KidNurse this past year. 2017 had some truly wonderful highlights. These are some of my favorites! 1. TEDx Talk | Why I Changed My Mind On [...]

Friday, December 15, 2017

Educational Toys For Kids | Gift Guide From A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kids love toys. It’s true. I love educational toys, because playtime can absolutely be learning time, especially if you provide the right tools. I’ve put together a gift guide that will help you find the perfect toys to spark imagination and a love of learning in your child. Educational Toys For Kids I don’t have [...]