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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Flu Vaccine Is Safe: Answering Parents’ Questions and Dispelling Myths About The Flu Shot

It is that time again – flu season. We would all like to simply focus on the coming holidays, baking yummy food and desserts, buying presents, and spending time with family. However, mixed in with the fall decorations and good cheer you have probably started seeing information about the flu vaccine in your local pharmacies, [...]

The Flu Vaccine Is Safe: Answering Parents’ Questions and Dispelling Myths About The Flu Shot2019-10-23T18:05:17-07:00
Sunday, May 26, 2019

What Parents Need To Know About The Measles Outbreak

This post was originally published in February 2019 in response to the measles outbreak in Washington state. Since then, the number of measles cases have continued to grow across the United States. I'm tracking all new measles cases and outbreaks and adding updates to the top of this post. Below these updates you will [...]

What Parents Need To Know About The Measles Outbreak2019-08-24T21:39:59-07:00
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mandatory Reporting, Patient Rights, And When Law Enforcement Should Intervene

The national news recently picked up a story that is close to home for me. Several weeks ago in Chandler, Arizona, children were removed from their home after a mother refused to take her unvaccinated child with a 105 degree fever to the hospital. Law enforcement was at the home for 3 hours trying to [...]

Mandatory Reporting, Patient Rights, And When Law Enforcement Should Intervene2019-03-31T22:27:31-07:00
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

TEDx Talk: Why I Changed My Mind On Vaccines

With the dangerous measles outbreak in Washington in 2019, I've been answering more questions about measles than usual, and have updated this post with important facts about measles and vaccines below my TEDx Talk. TEDxGrandCanyonUniversity The organizers of the Grand Canyon University TEDx event asked me to share my story about vaccinations. It was an [...]

TEDx Talk: Why I Changed My Mind On Vaccines2019-02-24T20:29:28-07:00
Monday, January 21, 2019

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 [...]

8 Facts Every Parent Should Know About The Flu This Year2019-02-19T21:32:29-07:00
Monday, January 7, 2019

The Real Reason Your Pediatric Health Provider Wants You To Vaccinate Your Child

Since the day I wrote about my journey leaving the anti-vaccination movement, I have experienced the wrath of the anti-vaccination community. When I write about how important it is to vaccinate your child, I regularly receive comments like this: "It is worse than pre meditated MURDER to be telling people that vaccines are safe." "You cannot [...]

The Real Reason Your Pediatric Health Provider Wants You To Vaccinate Your Child2019-02-19T21:32:29-07:00
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Your Kids Aren’t Dry Drowning (Because It’s Not Real)

I received a lot of great responses after publishing this post about dry drowning symptoms. So many parents are concerned about their children dry drowning, and it's been great to set some of those fears to rest. I've updated the end of this post with more water safety tips and a free printable — my hope [...]

Your Kids Aren’t Dry Drowning (Because It’s Not Real)2019-02-19T21:32:29-07:00
Friday, June 22, 2018

10 Ways To Get Kids To Take Medicine

One of the top struggles of parenting sick children is giving them yucky tasting medications. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I’m no stranger to watching a fresh dose of medication get spit right back up. With sick babies, this situation can be extra difficult, because they do not understand that the medication will actually resolve [...]

10 Ways To Get Kids To Take Medicine2019-02-19T21:32:29-07:00
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Herbal Remedies For Children: What Science Says Works And What Doesn’t

As pediatrician Paul Offit said, “There’s no such thing as conventional or alternative or holistic medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that does not.” Most of us parents today are constantly being fed information and suggestions from our friends and family, healthcare providers, and of course, from the internet. I regularly see articles [...]

Herbal Remedies For Children: What Science Says Works And What Doesn’t2019-02-19T21:32:29-07:00
Friday, April 13, 2018

Is This Constipation? Common Pediatric Constipation Symptoms And Causes

Constipation. It's something most children have dealt with at least a few times. No doubt, constipation can be annoying and uncomfortable at any age. This is one of the most common concerns I encounter as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Most of the time I hear "It's been X days since my child pooped. She must [...]

Is This Constipation? Common Pediatric Constipation Symptoms And Causes2019-02-19T21:32:29-07:00