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Friday, September 8, 2017

What If It’s Appendicitis? Answering Parents’ Stomach Ache Concerns

A month ago, I had a little boy come into my office. He was hunched over, and telling me about his stomach pain. None of his symptoms were very specific. Mom said that he hadn’t felt well the past several days. He vomited once. He had a low-grade temperature a few days before that returned [...]

Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Kid Has A Stomach Ache, Should I Be Worried?

One of the most common ailments I treat in pediatrics is childhood stomach pain. In fact, at one point or another, all children will experience a stomach ache. I find that many of the parents I work with are unsure what to do when this happens. Since a stomach ache can be caused by anything [...]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Why Urgent Care Isn’t Always The Best Place For A Sports Physical

Before I share a few reasons why urgent care isn't always the best place for a sports physical, I want you to know that I understand. I understand that urgent care is convenient. I understand that you probably have a little-to-no wait time when you go there. I understand that you don’t have to make [...]

Friday, July 28, 2017

Kisses That Kill … What’s A Parent To Do?

No one likes kissing babies more than I do. One look at their adorable chubby cheeks and you just have to feel they are begging to be kissed and cuddled. In the past week, the “should you kiss your infant” debate has re-emerged after the death of 18 day old Mariana Sifrit. This baby girl [...]

Friday, June 30, 2017

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

You know there is an issue when medical providers are learning medical terms from social media, and not the other way around. That’s exactly what happened to me (and many of my colleagues) with dry drowning. A few summers ago, I read about dry drowning for the first time on Facebook. Since then, this misrepresented [...]

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 [...]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Does My Baby Need Vitamin D?

Ensuring your baby has an adequate amount of Vitamin D is very important. Your baby will need Vitamin D to work alongside calcium and phosphorus to strengthen his or her bones. This vitamin is crucial for the healthy development of your child’s skeletal system. Vitamin D has also been found to help the immune system fight [...]

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Note from the KidNurse: What You Should Know About Me

Hi Friends! I’m very excited about all the new readers that have joined our community after my series on essential oils! If you missed it, here is part one and part two. Because of the influx of comments, thoughts, and opinions I’ve received over the past few weeks, I wanted to take a few minutes [...]

Thursday, June 11, 2015

House of Cards: The Toxic Combination of Essential Oils and Multi-Level Marketing

*This is part two of my series on essential oils. I highly recommend you first read, Why Essential Oils Aren't Natural to learn my philosophy about essential oils.  Without a doubt, the essential oil revolution has rapidly grown in the past two decades due to the business model known as multi-level marketing (MLM). While essential oils [...]

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Why Essential Oils Aren’t “Natural”

“Essential oils aren’t ‘natural’? What?!?!” Yes. You heard me. In my opinion, essential oils are about as natural as aspirin or antibiotics. Are essential oils derived from nature? Well of course. But let me explain why I still believe they aren’t actually “natural.” You would have to have your head buried in the sand to [...]