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Thursday, January 31, 2019

What Parents Need To Know About The Washington Measles Outbreak

The state of emergency declared by Washington due to the measles outbreak has many parents understandably concerned. I was invited on Fox & Friends this week to weigh in on the measles outbreak. I talked a little bit about my past, being vaccine hesitant, and what helped me change my mind about vaccines. It was [...]

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. My TEDx Talk is embedded below, where you can find out more about why I changed my mind on vaccines.  In the US, before the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Monday, April 9, 2018

Medication for Infant Reflux? Why You Should Probably Pass

One of the most common concerns from parents of newborns revolve around the issue of reflux. “My baby has been spitting up – do you think she has reflux?” or “My baby has been fussy this week – do you think it’s because of reflux?” These are questions I hear all the time, both in [...]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

5 Things I Learned At The NAPNAP Conference

Last week, I had the wonderful pleasure of going to Chicago to attend the 39th Annual National Conference on Pediatric Health held by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). The NAPNAP conference was truly excellent, and Chicago is such a lovable city! Being the Irish girl I am, I couldn’t resist going a [...]