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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Children’s Advil Dosage Chart

Advil (also known by its generic name ibuprofen or the brand name Motrin) is a common, over the counter medicine used in children. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory used as both a pain reliever and fever reducer. Advil can be used to treat conditions like fevers, headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, and minor [...]

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Children’s Tylenol Dosage Chart

Tylenol (also known by its generic name acetaminophen) is a common, over the counter medicine used in children. It is an analgesic used as both a pain reliever and fever reducer. Tylenol can be used to treat conditions like fevers, headaches, muscle aches, and toothaches. Over the years, parents have asked me many questions about [...]

Friday, November 17, 2017

KidNurse Movie Review: Wonder

I have been waiting on pins and needles for the release of the new heartwarming film, Wonder. Based on the New York Times best-selling book by R.J. Palacio, Wonder tells the story of 10-year old August “Auggie" Pullman, a young man born with severe disabilities. After having endured 27 surgeries, Auggie had extensive craniofacial abnormalities [...]

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 [...]

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Best Books To Read With Your Elementary Aged Kids

To continue my best books to read with kids series, today I'm sharing some of my favorite books for kids grade 1-5 with this list of the best books for elementary students. As your kids get older, they will spend more time reading independently. It's still important to spend time reading together every day, both [...]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Best Books For Preschoolers And Kindergarteners

Last week I shared a list of books for babies and toddlers. To continue this book theme, I have a list of the best books for preschoolers and kindergarteners for you today. Whether you are homeschooling your kids or they are attending school outside of the home, it is important to make time every day for reading [...]